by Lisa A. Grimaldi | October 23, 2017
Meet Puerto Rico has released the latest travel and hospitality information for the island. While some of news is positive -- e.g., more than 80 hotels are expected to begin taking reservations for groups in the next few months and several key attractions should reopen in the near future -- CVB president and CEO Milton Segarra recently told M&C, "We were hit severely by the hurricane; it's not business as usual."
"We have opted not to push for business right now," added Segarra. "In this moment, it's more important to keep people updated, for us to be efficient and reliable. We want to be a source of trusted information so they can count on us."
To that end, the organization is committed to sharing the latest news with with the meetings industry. Among the developments:
• An updated list of hotels that are up and running, and projected reopenings can be found here.
• A number of key attractions have already opened, including the Puerto Rico Museum of Art in Santurce, and the Ponce Museum of Art in Ponce. Bacardi tours will be available to the public again on Nov. 1, while El Morro and other San Juan historic sites are expected to open in the coming weeks.
• Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) is fully operational with scheduled domestic and international flights. Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla, Mercedita Airport in Ponce, José Aponte de la Torre Airport in Ceiba, Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport in Isla Grande and the Antonio Rivera Rodriguez Airport on Vieques are operational and offering limited service.
• Taxi drivers and main transportation companies are fully operational. Local travel agencies also are providing service to travelers.
As previously reported by M&C, the Puerto Rico Convention Center, which did not sustain damage from Hurricane Maria, will remain the command center for the Puerto Rican government through the end of 2017; the center will resume its schedule of events in January, with three gatherings already confirmed for that month.