Puerto Rico’s Tourism is on a Path to Quick Recovery

  • Airlines, cruise lines and hotel partners’ joint relief efforts
    these past few weeks demonstrate the importance of Puerto Rico as a
    destination and hub in the Caribbean.
  • Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) is fully operational
    with all airlines back to regular schedules.
  • Royal Caribbean International resumed homeport operations.
  • Major hotels are at full capacity given relief efforts and taking
    on new reservations beginning this week.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Just three weeks after the passing of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s
tourism industry has come together to move forward on a path to
recovery. With a full industry assessment almost complete, the Island’s
outlook is positive with airports and cruise ports fully operational and
major hotels expected to take new reservations beginning this week.


“We’re glad to report that the preparedness measures put into place have
allowed for what we’re seeing will be a quick recovery for our tourism
industry. We are confident that the progress we have shown just a few
weeks out is a sign of the resiliency and strength of our people. We
expect to welcome visitors to the Island in the weeks ahead, especially
those looking to travel with a purpose as we’re working to finalize
compelling voluntourism activities for those who want to head out beyond
San Juan and help the communities in greater need,” said José Izquierdo,
Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC).

Following are some updates that confirm the Island’s progress on the
path to recovery:

  • International Airport Fully Operational
    The Luis Muñoz
    Marín International Airport (SJU) is fully operational with scheduled
    domestic and international flights. Rafael Hernández Airport
    (Aguadilla), Mercedita Airport (Ponce), José Aponte de la Torre
    Airport (Ceiba), Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (Isla Grande)
    and the Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport (Vieques) are operational and
    offering limited service.
  • Ports are Open
    PRTC is in direct communication with the
    Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) partners who have shown
    extreme commitment to Puerto Rico and attest to the industry’s
    resiliency. San Juan Harbor is open and resumed homeport operations
    this past weekend with the departure of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s
    Adventure of the Seas. Over two thousand travelers are expected to
    travel in and out of San Juan to embark on these journeys.
  • Hotels Welcoming New Guests
    More than 80 hotel properties
    are open and most taking new reservations for the upcoming months. For
    a full list of the status of hotels, visit http://puertoriconow.seepuertorico.com/hotels/
  • Attractions Re-Opening to Welcome Guests
    While an
    Island-wide assessment of historic and other tourist attractions is
    underway, a number of key attractions have already opened. Highlights
    include the Puerto Rico Museum of Art in Santurce and the Ponce Museum
    of Art, both which are open for visitors. Bacardi tours will open to
    the public on November 1. El Morro and other San Juan historic sites
    are expected to open in the coming weeks. The public spaces for which
    admission is not required are open.
  • Transportation and Other Visitor Services on the Island Operational
    Main
    transportation companies, as well, as taxi drivers, are fully
    operating and providing ongoing service to visitors. Local travel
    agencies are operating and also providing service to travelers. The
    Mall of San Juan and Plaza Las Américas are open for shoppers.

“The support received from our industry partners to date has been
remarkable and we continue to welcome relief efforts from partners who
are interested in helping the people of Puerto Rico as we focus on
rebuilding our Island. We are confident that with the continuous support
of our industry partners and visitors coming to our Island, we can build
a stronger Puerto Rico,” said Izquierdo.

For the latest tourism industry updates, visit www.SeePuertoRico.com.
For information on other infrastructure improvements (related to
hospitals, ATMs, supermarkets, etc.) across the Island, visit http://status.pr/.

Visitors with questions about travel to Puerto Rico can call the PRTC
at 787-522-5960, talk via PRTC’s Live
Chat
 or call their hotels directly for more information.

About Puerto Rico Tourism Company

The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), founded in 1970, is a public
corporation responsible for stimulating, promoting and regulating the
development of the tourism industry. It markets Puerto Rico as a tourism
destination through advertising, public relations and promotional
activities; promotes tourism among visitors and local residents;
provides visitor orientation and technical assistance to investors;
evaluates tourism facilities and establishes standards of quality; and
regulates and oversees gaming operations. PRTC has offices and
representatives in the U.S. mainland, Canada, Europe and Latin America.


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