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, the organization said.
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 JosÃ© Izquierdo, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism company (PRTC).
The Luis MuÃ±oz MarÃn International Airport (SJU) is fully operational with scheduled domestic and international flights. Rafael HernÃ¡ndez Airport (Aguadilla), Mercedita Airport (Ponce), JosÃ© Aponte de la Torre Airport (Ceiba), Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (Isla Grande) and the Antonio Rivera RodrÃguez Airport (Vieques) are operational and offering limited service.
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.
More than 80 hotel properties are open and most taking new reservations for the upcoming months.
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 AmÃ©ricas are open for shoppers.
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 US mainland, Canada, Europe and Latin America.