Puerto Rico spring break holiday travel surges
SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Tourism Co. (PRTC) announced Monday a surge in visitors across the island over the Easter and Passover holidays and spring break. Small inns and major hotels bustled with crowds enjoying the beaches, attractions and nightlife over the long weekend.
Tourism makes up about 10% of the island’s gross domestic product.
“We’ve been encouraging travelers since late December to visit and see first-hand our comeback for themselves. Alongside the reminder that one of the best ways people can support Puerto Rico is by visiting – staying at hotels, eating at restaurants, enjoying our Island’s activities, and buying from local businesses, our ‘we’re open for tourism’ message is being heard loud and clear,” Carla Campos, acting executive director of the PRTC, said in a release.
With the recent launch of its new online videos, PRTC is reminding travelers that Puerto Rico is “Ready to Enchant You,” and preliminary spring break numbers show “record-breaking performance amongst the 130 hotels that are currently greeting visitors,” according to the release, which adds that the outlook of tourism is “very positive for the rest of 2018.”
According to the PRTC, the Wyndham Río Mar in Río Grande, for example, “had a historical weekend, reaching occupancy and overall sales levels never reached before.”
The Rincon of the Seas Grand Caribbean Hotel in the west coas, “experienced occupancy levels of 99 percent all weekend, as well.” And Boutique hotel Club Seaborne in Culebra also reached full capacity.
The public corporation responsible for promoting the island’s tourism industry said that in addition to “plenty of unique attractions to enjoy and accommodations to stay in, big ticket events are also back” after the hurricane aftermath hiatus.
This week, the PRTC adds, San Juan Moda, will gather “the biggest names in Puerto Rican fashion” for its 10th edition, and culinary fair Saborea Puerto Rico will attract international foodies as it has for the past 10 years.
The destination marketing entity also said another event, the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians series April 17-18 at the Hiram Bithorn stadium in San Juan, will be special as Indians catcher Roberto Pérez and shortstop Francisco Lindor, both of whom are from the island, as are Minnesota players José Berríos, Eddie Rosario and Kennys Vargas “will be heading back home.”
Stateside flights to Puerto Rico average $250 round-trip, according to Tourism’s release.