Puerto Rico sets cruise passenger record in January
Fiscal year also expected to set a record, with a projected 1.7 million visitors
SAN JUAN – The executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co. (PRTC), Carla Campos, announced Sunday that a record number of cruise passengers arrived in the island January.
During the first month of the year, which is one of the most active of the high season, Puerto Rico welcomed 209,974 cruise passengers to the Port of San Juan. The number exceeds the previous record, established in December 2014, when 201,744 passengers arrived.
The PRTC’s projections for fiscal 2019 indicate it will be a record year for the industry, with the arrival of about 1.7 million passengers.
January’s numbers rose 28.9 percent over the same month in 2018, with the number of homeport passengers climbing 56.6 percent, to 57,466 from 36,743 in January last year.
“Puerto Rico continues to strengthen its position as a leader in the tourism industry in the Caribbean and the cruise segment continues to thrive at a steady pace,” Campos said in a statement. “The arrival of new cruises, new routes, and the increase in passengers showcases the quality of our island and the attractiveness it has for both cruiseship industry companies and customers.”
Campos emphasized that the public corporation she leads follows “the strategy outlined by Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares of betting on the tourism industry as a spearhead to strengthen and increase the economic development of our island and achieve a better quality of life for our people.”
Part of the efforts the government is carrying out to continue to strengthen this industry is the revamping of the Old San Juan port area under the “Fortaleza Para Ti” program. Other promotional works to improve tourist’s experience include activating PRTC personnel to provide information and services to visitors, who are also greeted by artisans around the port area, where live entertainment is offered, adding a hint of culture.