The Puerto Rico Tourism Company issued a statement on Tuesday announcing that the island is open for tourism and by the looks of it, this is statement is 100 % accurate.
Despite the recent devastation caused by hurricane Maria, the island of Puerto Rico is slowly rebuilding and tourism on the island is no exception. In fact, if you go to the farmer’s market or La Placita, in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan on a Thursday evening, you would say that there was no way the island experienced one of the worst natural disasters in the island’s’ history.
The streets, bars, and restaurants are packed with locals and tourists alike. Many patrons are workers from ConEd and FEMA that are on the island helping with the recovery efforts.
Three months after the hurricane, nearly 4000 restaurants and 100 hotels have reopened just in time for one of the busiest times of the year.
This is great news since tourism is one of the main contributors to the island’s economy. According to the Puerto Rico Tourism Company ( PRTC ) All the airports on the island are totally operational and are handling over 70 flights per day from 27 different major airlines.
Hotels are also making a strong comeback. 75 % are also open. Currently, they are being occupied by first responders, but more and more rooms will be available as the first responders return to their homes. Not only are iconic hotels like the El San Juan reopening, but new hotels like the Solace by the Sea in Ponce.
The first cruise ships since hurricane Maria struck the island, brought Over 7,000 cruise passengers on November 30 and the PRTC expect around 85,000 more passengers through the end of January.
Clearly, the recovery of the tourism industry in Puerto Rico will take time to recover 100 %.
But it is also clear that the local tourism company along with the resilient shop and restaurant owners are committed to making Puerto Rico one of the top destinations in the Caribbean.
Now is a great time to visit the island and experience one of the longest, and most festive holiday seasons on the planet. Support the local economy and be a part of the island’s recovery.
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