Published on : Friday, October 13, 2017
Just three weeks after the passing of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s tourism industry is bracing itself for a recovery. The Island’s outlook is positive with airports and cruise ports fully operational and major hotels are willing to take on new reservations beginning this week.
José Izquierdo, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) said, “We’re glad to report that the preparedness measures put into place have allowed for what we’re seeing will be a quick recovery for our tourism industry. We are confident that the progress we have shown just a few weeks out is a sign of the resiliency and strength of our people. We expect to welcome visitors to the Island in the weeks ahead, especially those looking to travel with a purpose as we’re working to finalize compelling voluntourism activities for those who want to head out beyond San Juan and help the communities in greater need.”
The Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) is fully operational with scheduled domestic and international flights. Some other airports are also operational while some are offering limited service.
San Juan Harbor is open and have resumed homeport operations last weekend with the departure of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Adventure of the Seas. Over two thousand travelers are expected to travel in and out of San Juan to embark on these journeys.
Number of key attractions has already opened. Highlights include the Puerto Rico Museum of Art in Santurce and the Ponce Museum of Art, both of which are open for visitors. Bacardi tours will open to the public on November 1. El Morro and other San Juan historic sites are expected to open in the coming weeks.
Transportation and other visitor services on the Island are also operational.