Gov tells global tourism industry about Puerto Rico’s potential as a tourism, investment destination
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló delivered a keynote speech Wednesday during the opening event of the Skift Global Forum, where he presented the island’s post-Hurricane Maria potential for the industry tourism and investment.
“Our goal has always been to create the tools that allow us to boost tourism on the island to new levels. Now we have the opportunity to attract more investment and direct the economic growth that we all want, while showing the world the alternatives of investment, innovation and development of human capital available in Puerto Rico,” the governor said.
“When I was running for office, we saw this as one of the critical opportunities for us to showcase our culture,” he added. “We saw that we have a unique window to differentiate from others and extend the length of stay and have more folks come to Puerto Rico,” Skift reported.
The event in New York is the largest creative forum in the global travel industry and includes more than 1,000 participants from more than 40 countries and 550 companies who will be learning about the latest trends from leaders in aviation, hospitality, technology, online travel, cruising and destination marketing.
Puerto Rico has gained interantional relevance as a result of Hurricane Maria.
“The reconstruction that we are leading in Puerto Rico has meant developing a new way to make our Island the most powerful economy in the Caribbean. Today, there is a unique opportunity to rebuild and each of you can be part of this new Puerto Rico,” Rosselló said. “The Economic Development and Recovery Plan of Puerto Rico submitted to Congress is focused on promoting sustainable economic growth and optimizing the critical infrastructure of the island, among other significant goals. Both travel and hospitality industries worldwide can also be part of the development of a new Puerto Rico.”
The director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., Carla Campos, will participate as a guest speaker as well.
The forum in New York continues through Friday and includes the participation of representatives of the tourism industry such as Airbnb, Expedia, Uber, JetBlue, Celebrity Cruises, Marriott International, Delta Air Lines, TripAdvisor, American Airlines Group, and Hyatt Hotels Corp.