Puerto Rico Tourism Update at NY Times Travel Show-2018

Puerto Rico Is Open for Tourism: With 80 daily flights, 285,000 cruise passengers in the past few months, more than 120 hotels open, 4,000+ restaurants serving up cuisine, and major tourism attractions open island-wide, join the Puerto Rico Tourism Company as they share the latest destination updates, progress on the Island’s tourism comeback four months post Hurricane Maria, and invite travelers to re-enchant themselves with the Island.

Three-quarters of residents in Puerto Rico still don’t have power, but San Juan was just named one of the best cities to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet, the popular guide book publisher. Tourism industry officials hope they’ll come even sooner: They want tourists back before Christmas.

Tourism contributed in total more than $8.1 billion to Puerto Rico’s economy, or 8% of the island’s GDP, in 2016 according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. More than 68,500 jobs are connected to the tourism industry.

But bringing traditional tourists back to the island is not just an issue of rebuilding infrastructure, it’s a matter of marketing.

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