Hurricane Irma Update: Most of Puerto Rico Hotels Now Operational, Official Says

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The Puerto Rico Tourism Company issued a statement Thursday night announcing that nearly all of its hotels are now operational and “apt to continue receiving guests,” said Jose Izquierdo, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

While the assessment of impact across the island continues, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company’s preliminary report shows that major tourism infrastructure and attractions are operational and the island can continue to welcome new visitors. According to the statement, flights to Puerto Rico were slated to resume as soon as the damage assessment was complete. 

“The public and private sectors worked together to implement emergency plans. Hotels and tourist attractions across the Island implemented safety measures before the storm that have allowed them to recover quickly,” said Izquierdo.

According to the statement, while power outages are present throughout the Island, many hotels, as well as essential services on the island such as hospitals, are operational due to generators and the majority of hotels throughout mainland Puerto Rico are ready to welcome new guests. 

Attractions such as parks and beaches are currently being assessed to ensure a committed focus on quick clean up in the coming days.
“Throughout the storm, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company worked together with the private sector to manage all inquiries from concerned travelers and coordinated with other government agencies on efforts to prepare for Hurricane Irma’s potential impact,” according to the statement.
It is anticipated that the Puerto Rico Tourism Company offices will be open tomorrow, September 8.

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