Puerto del Rey Receives First Tourist Marina Certification
SAN JUAN — The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) granted its first tourist marina certification to the Puerto del Rey Marina in Fajardo during an event Friday. Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, executive director of the PRTC, gave the certification to Puerto del Rey owner Nicholas Prouty and marina executive director Carolina Corral.
The marina generates around 200 direct and 800 indirect jobs, while around 90% of contractors providing goods and services to Puerto del Rey are local, in keeping with the marina’s policy of giving priority to Puerto Rican businesses.
“In the PRTC, we work very hard to continue diversifying our tourism offer for visitors. To this end, we established the certification of various attractions [in different categories such as] agritourism, ecotourism and bed & breakfast, among others. This diversification strengthens us as a tourist destination and drives our economy forward,” said Rivera Rocafort. “Today we are pleased to do the same in the niche of nautical tourism with the delivery of the first Tourist Marina certification to Marina Puerto Del Rey,” she added.
“For us in Puerto Del Rey Marina, it is an honor to have the support of the PRTC,” said Puerto del Rey’s Corral. “This certification confirms the commitment that the whole Puerto del Rey team puts in every day. We will continue working to improve the experience of everyone who passes by the marina and become a global destination in nautical tourism.”
The tourist marina certification is valid for five years as established by Act 241 of December 2010, better known as the Nautical Tourism Act, which empowers the PRTC to certify all facilities dedicated to nautical tourism.
The criteria used to award this certification include complying with a code of environmental conduct, safety and social responsibility in compliance with the Blue Flag program for marinas; provide dock space to companies engaged in nautical tourism activities, as well as foreign-flag vessels and/or non-resident nautical tourists; and provide within their facilities essential services to both local and foreign tourists, such as concierge service, bathrooms with shower facilities, internal transportation service, restaurant, deli, and laundry facilities, among other amenities.
As part of the benefits of the certification, the Puerto Del Rey Marina will be able to participate in the promotion and marketing programs established by the PRTC through its seepuertorico.com website, through social networks pasts and Que Pasa magazine, among other promotional channels.