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Puerto Rico to hold first educational convention on hospitality, tourism

By on March 4, 2019

SAN JUAN – The executive director of the Tourism Co. of Puerto Rico (CTPR), Carla Campos, and Xavier A. Ramírez of XJTT Hospitality Inc., announced Monday that the first educational convention dedicated to hospitality and tourism in Puerto Rico, HotelierCon, will be held March 13 and 14 at the Cabo Rojo Convention Center.

The convention was created with the aim of improving the competitiveness of the island’s tourism industry by educating on quality standards.

The event will consist of 36 conferences, and more than 30 exhibitors of products and services for hotels, restaurants, travel agents, transportation providers, municipalities, agencies, organizations that provide tourism services and other visitor economy stakeholders.

“Continuing education is key to the professional growth of everyone who is part of the tourism value chain. Learning about new trends and finding out about the latest in tourism innovation is important to position ourselves as a vanguard destination internationally,” Campos said in a release, adding that “Governor Ricardo Rosselló is committed to converting Puerto Rico into the Connector of the Americas and a center of innovation.”

Ramírez, who is organizing the event said the industry must “innovate continuously, and implement modern technologies relevant to the hospitality industry, and we have designed the Puerto Rico HotelierCon for this purpose.”

He added that tourism “has enormous potential to boost the local economy,” and that with the convention, “we wanted to contribute to accelerate the professional growth of our entrepreneurs and improve the competitiveness of all sectors of our industry.”

Besides the Tourism Co., Puerto Rico HotelierCon is sponsored by Caribbean Hotel Supplies Inc.; Expedia Group; the School of Tourism Hospitality and Culinary Arts (EUTHAC by its Spanish initials) of the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Puerto Rico; the island’s destination marketing organization, Discover Puerto Rico; Neptune;; National University College / IBC; Combate Beach Resort and the Municipality of Cabo Rojo.

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