Following spring break travel spike, Puerto Rico welcomes MLB fans
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Tourism Co. (PRTC), the public corporation that markets the island as a destination, announced Tuesday that following “record-breaking occupancy numbers” over the Easter and Passover holidays, thousands of MLB fans were arriving for a sold-out, two-game series between the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins Tuesday and Wednesday.
There are Puerto Rican players on each team. The Indians have Francisco Lindor and Roberto Pérez, and the Twins have José Berrios and Eddie Rosario–all of whom have told the media they are excited to play in front of their families and friends at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan. Puerto Rico last hosted an MLB game in 2010.
“In addition to the island’s capacity for hosting large-scale events, Puerto Rico continues to show the world that the Island is open for tourism and ready to welcome visitors with open arms,” the release reads, adding, “With Spring Break in full force and baseball fans flooding the Island this week, April will be a strong month for Puerto Rico’s tourism.”
Tourism Co.’s release emphasizes that Puerto Rico already has more than 135 hotels, 4,000 restaurants, 13 golf courses, 16 casinos and “over 165 tourist attractions open” after having been struck by historic Hurricane Maria in September.
“Our strong tradition in sports, especially baseball, with renowned athletes that hail from Puerto Rico, coupled with the facilities across the Island to host large-scale sporting events, makes Puerto Rico the premier destination in the Caribbean for sports tourism,” Carla Campos, acting executive director of the PRTC, says in the release. “With each milestone, such as hosting the MLB Puerto Rico Series this week, we continue to remind travelers that Puerto Rico is ready to host them and that one of the best ways to support Puerto Rico is by visiting.”
As a means for “debunking misconceptions of the Island’s readiness to welcome visitors,” the PRTC contracted Luis Fonsi, the singer of the hit song “Despacito,” to promote Puerto Rico via a video series, “Ready to Enchant You.”
Earlier this year, Puerto Rico hosted the Divas Half Marathon and 5K, and IRONMAN 70.3. The island is preparing to host two more years of the PGA TOUR’s Puerto Rico Open in 2019 and 2020.