Puerto Rico Says It’s On Quick Path To Tourism Recovery
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Just four weeks after the passing of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s tourism industry is moving forward on a path to recovery. With a full industry assessment almost complete, island officials say the outlook is positive, with airports and cruise ports fully operational and major hotels taking new reservations.
“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,” said José Izquierdo, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC).
“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.”
Here are some updates on the progress of recovery:
International Airport Fully Operational
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 Rodriguez Airport (Vieques) are operational and offering limited service.
Ports are Open
San Juan Harbor is open and resumed homeport operations on the first weekend of October with the departure of RCCL’s Adventure of the Seas.
Hotels Welcoming New Guests
More than 80 hotel properties are open and most of these are taking new reservations for the upcoming months. For a full list of the status of hotels, click here.
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 open for visitors. Bacardi tours will open to the public on 1NOV. El Morro and other San Juan historic sites are expected to open in the coming weeks.
“The support received from our industry partners to date has been remarkable and we continue to welcome relief efforts from partners 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, we can build a stronger Puerto Rico,” said Izquierdo.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years.