In the wake of the earthquakes and resulting outages that left much of Puerto Rico without power earlier this week, Discover Puerto Rico wants travelers to know that all of the main tourist and meeting operations and venues are up and running. At press time, the only part of the country still experiencing power disruption was the far southwest, not a major meetings destination.
Brad Dean, Discover Puerto Rico's CEO, is urging visitors and groups to visit the island. "One of the best ways that people can show their support for Puerto Rico at this time is to keep their upcoming vacations, work trips, meetings, conferences and events," he said. "We are a resource for their questions. Tourism is vital to the local community and to keep the economy recovering, Puerto Rico needs to maintain the record-breaking tourism boom it experienced in 2019, which fueled the local communities."
To reassure visitors, the DMO has released the following updates:
- San Juan Cruise Port: The island's main cruise port began welcoming ships on Wednesday.
- Old San Juan: Power in Old San Juan has been fully restored.
- Airports: All flights are operating normally at the San Juan Luis Muñoz Marin, Ponce and Aguadilla airports.
- Attractions/venues: The Puerto Rico Convention Center and major attractions such as El Morro, El Yunque, San Cristobal Fort, and hotels throughout the northern region of Puerto Rico, including all areas around San Juan, are open for business.
Discover Puerto Rico recommends that travelers and planners visit its website for the latest information and travel updates.