by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 29, 2017
The Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, the island's main convention venue, did not withstand any significant damage from Hurricane Maria and is being used as the headquarters for government officials who are directing relief efforts, as well as being used as a refugee/rescue center for those requiring medical attention, according to Milton Segarra, president and CEO of Meet Puerto Rico, the island's convention and visitors bureau.
 
Addressing the CVB's role in crisis management, Segarra said, "Our goal is to keep you updated on our plans to move forward, with the honesty and transparency you have come to expect from Meet Puerto Rico. We are still in the phase of assessment; however, we intend to keep you updated on our progress in real time. Keeping you informed, engaged and connected is key.
 
"Additionally, we are pleased and encouraged that many of our hotels are housing local and international relief workers, law enforcement and other government officials, as well as guests, and in some cases providing WiFi hotspots. Please click here for the updated status of their anticipated opening dates for new bookings. Our calendar of events remains intact, and you will have the opportunity to hear personally from us at upcoming trade shows, conferences and events."
 
Segarra added that Meet Puerto Rico will continue to provide updated information from government sources regarding the restoration of power, water and diesel, airport information, and other services and relief efforts.
 
"Many have asked how they can help or contribute," Segarra said. "There are many national and local efforts, and we urge you to check with your government representatives on programs you can participate in locally. However, we also provide here links to United for Puerto Rico, an initiative brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María. Please click here. Additional organizations can be found here."