Puerto Rico tourism numbers continue to recover after Hurricane Maria
SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Tourism Co. (PRTC), the public corporation responsible for the industry’s development, said the island continues to reach major milestones, and is ready to host visitors from all over the world during the U.S. Travel Association’s IPW 2018 event, a travel industry marketplace considered to be the largest generator of travel to the U.S.
“We continue to make great strides because we implemented a comprehensive strategy that has secured a speedy comeback for the Island,” PRTC Executive Director Carla Campos said in a press release. “As a result, we can announce that an incredible amount of cruise passengers are expected in May and June, air capacity figures will equal those from 2016 by the Fall, and occupancy remains strong as renovated hotels continue opening their doors.”
Major milestones listed in the release include:
- Cruises: The island received 17,000 cruise passengers in one day last week. The expected arrival of 100,000 passengers in May and 131,000 in June. Fourteen vessels are homeporting, or four more than last season, including Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, the Windstar Pride, Silverseas Silver Wind and Viking Sea. A record-breaking 1.7 million passengers is expected for the 2018/2019 cruising season, which is expected to generate roughly $250 million in revenue for the island.
- Air Access: By the end of September, the number of airline passengers is expected to reach the level it was in May last year, “when tourism was at its peak. At this rate, Puerto Rico has recovered at a faster pace than destinations that have gone through similar situations. Growth is driven by newly established routes and frequency, in addition to larger aircraft resulting in higher seat capacity.”
- Hotels: Currently, there are more than 130 hotels operating, with over 11,500 rooms available. Between 3,500 and 4,000 more rooms will be added to that inventory when renovations are completed. The Ritz-Carlton Reserve, El San Juan Hotel and the St. Regis Bahia Beach will be reopening in October. According to the PRTC, 28 new properties, totaling 1,300 additional rooms are under construction. Some of the new hotels in the pipeline are the ALOFT San Juan Convention Center, ALOFT Ponce and Four Seasons Cayo Largo Resort.
- Attractions: There are more than 184 attractions open on the island. Additionally, 13 golf courses and 16 casinos are open for recreation. Puerto Rico has more than 4,000 operating restaurants.
The PRTC said the recovery strategy and marketing plan it and the private sector rolled out “paved the way for an accelerated recovery and comeback validated by steady growth indicators,” since Dec. 20.
For more details, visit SeePuertoRico.com.