Another record number of cruise passengers arrive in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – The executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co. (PRTC), José Izquierdo, announced Friday that cruise passengers have been arriving in record numbers for a fourth consecutive month.
The 104,044 registered passengers during July reflect an increase of 2.5% compared with the same month last year, when 101,454 people arrived. The last record for July had been established in 2008, with 103,141 passengers.
July’s cruise traffic represents an impact of about $10.5 million for the island’s visitor economy, in terms of spending incurred by passengers and crew members during their stay, or an increase of 2.6% compared with July last year.
The businesses that benefit most from these visits are Old San Juan area restaurants, shops, tour operators and artisans, the Tourism official said.
“It fills us with pride that for the fourth consecutive month we have established a record of cruise passengers on the island. We are also very pleased to know that what was once a dead period for the cruise industry is now an extremely active period with an obvious economic impact. In accordance with the commitment of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, we will continue to make every possible effort to ensure that these passenger traffic records continue to be established,” Izquierdo said.
PRTC projections estimate that the current fiscal year, which began July 1, will close with a total 1,475,000 cruise passengers, representing an economic impact of more than $191 million.