Following Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Declares Itself Open for Tourism

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—Three months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is open for tourism, according to The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC).

While much of the island is still rebuilding, all airports are fully operational, with approximately 70 flights per day across 27 different major commercial airlines. Furthermore, more than 75% of hotels are operational and taking reservations. As first-responders staying at hotels in San Juan prepare to depart, this frees up rooms for travelers.

Close to 60 cruise shore excursions are available, and there are 107 operating tourist attractions across the island, including major sites like Old San Juan, the Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Cueva Ventana, among others. There are also 1,673 open restaurants in the San Juan area and thousands more across the island. Ground transportation is operating as usual, and 24 major car rental companies are open, according to PRTC.

“It’s been the continued collaboration with Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s team and tourism industry partners that has resulted in tremendous progress, and we’re thrilled to be officially open for tourism,” said José Izquierdo, executive director of the PRTC. “Tourism is a vital contributor to the island’s economy, so reaching these milestones not only will help build a stronger, better Puerto Rico, but showcases the resiliency in our people and destination.”

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