Stats: Puerto Rico’s Record-Breaking Tourism Surge

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The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) has announced a spike in visitors across the destination over the Easter and Passover holidays and Spring Break.

From the island of Culebra off the northeast coast to the southwest region of Cabo Rojo, small family-owned inns to major hotels throughout the destination were reporting high occupancies, according to the PRTC.

“We’ve been encouraging travelers since late December to visit and see first-hand our comeback for themselves,” said Carla Campos, acting executive director of the PRTC, in a written release.  


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With data showing record-breaking performance amongst the 130 hotels that are currently greeting visitors, the outlook of tourism is very positive for the rest of 2018. Responsible for contributing roughly 10 percent of the GDP, tourism is not only vital to the Island’s economy – it’s a cornerstone of Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares’ economic development agenda.

"Alongside the reminder that one of the best ways people can support Puerto Rico is by visiting – staying at hotels, eating at restaurants, enjoying our Island’s activities, and buying from local businesses, our ‘we’re open for tourism’ message is being heard loud and clear,” said Campos.

The Wyndham Rio Mar in Rio Grande on the northeast coast of the island had a historical weekend, reaching occupancy and overall sales levels never reached before, according to the PRTC. They welcomed hundreds of travelers who enjoyed yoga classes on-site, holiday festivities throughout the resort and tours to part of the nearby El Yunque, the largest tropical rainforest in the U.S.

Another popular attraction has been “El Monstruo,” a zip line that spans 28 football fields in Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park in Orocovis, a town in the center of the Island.

The Rincon of the Seas Grand Caribbean Hotel in the west coast town of Rincon, known to be a surfer’s paradise with its beaches and active waves, experienced occupancy levels of 99 percent all weekend, as well.

Club Seaborne, a boutique hotel in Culebra, also reached full capacity. Culebra is home to Flamenco Beach, internationally recognized for being one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

With Spring Break underway and summer travel around the corner, U.S. travelers can get deals to Puerto Rico right now. With flights averaging $250 round-trip, no U.S. passport required, English widely spoken, no currency exchange and direct access from most major U.S. cities, Puerto Rico is expected to continue to experience a surge in travelers this year.


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