Articles tagged “puerto rico”

Puerto Rico Takes New Digital Steps to Enhance Tourism Efforts

Puerto Rico Takes New Digital Steps to Enhance Tourism Efforts

Sean O'Neill, Skift

So far as we know, a planned mobile app from Puerto Rico will be the first by any tourism board that offers text-based help for visitors from local concierges while they're in a destination. Other efforts at enhancing the digital marketing of the island's businesses show promise, too.

1 month ago

Puerto Rico Uses Hurricane Headlines to Help Make It a Global Destination

Puerto Rico Uses Hurricane Headlines to Help Make It a Global Destination

Dan Peltier, Skift

When it comes to destinations post-disaster, bad publicity can usually be flipped on its head and retooled to portray an encouraging comeback story. Puerto Rico's tourism industry is on its way to such a story, not letting disaster images and videos derail its progress.

2 months ago

Puerto Rico’s Governor Pushes Back on Trump With Calls for Statehood

Puerto Rico’s Governor Pushes Back on Trump With Calls for Statehood

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló is not shy about advocating for the island's potential future as a U.S. state. At Skift Global Forum, he reminded us that the travel industry has a duty to fight injustice and build connections despite political drama.

2 months ago

Lessons for Reviving Caribbean Tourism One Year After Hurricanes’ Devastation

Lessons for Reviving Caribbean Tourism One Year After Hurricanes’ Devastation

Dan Peltier, Skift

The Caribbean's tourism industry has faced one of the most challenging years in its history. But the silver lining with 2017's hurricanes is that more destinations are now seriously talking about the threat of climate change and have rebuilt themselves stronger as a result.

2 months ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: How Puerto Rico Made Tragedy an Opportunity for Its Tourism

Skift Global Forum Preview: How Puerto Rico Made Tragedy an Opportunity for Its Tourism

Dan Peltier, Skift

While many headlines continue to depict Puerto Rico in tragic terms, and there certainly are plenty of areas that are still struggling, many hotels and restaurants are back on their feet and better than before Maria. The island's tourism industry is on its way to real change as it tries to put the hurricane behind it.

2 months ago

Trump Lauds Hurricane Response in Puerto Rico Despite Nearly 3,000 Deaths

Trump Lauds Hurricane Response in Puerto Rico Despite Nearly 3,000 Deaths

Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg

The death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria was horrific. So was the U.S. response.

2 months ago

Puerto Rico Emerges From Hurricane Maria With a Plan and New Hope for Tourism

Puerto Rico Emerges From Hurricane Maria With a Plan and New Hope for Tourism

Dan Peltier, Skift

For more than a century, Puerto Rico has been divided along two identities – Puerto Rican and American. But Hurricane Maria has forced it to reach a point where its tourism industry must merge the two, and market the destination in a way like many others on the mainland have done for decades if it hopes to become a global success story.

4 months ago

Hurricane-Hit U.S. Virgin Islands Struggle With Tourism Job Losses

Hurricane-Hit U.S. Virgin Islands Struggle With Tourism Job Losses

Vincent Del Giudice and Alex Tanz, Bloomberg

Tourism is a huge part of the U.S. Virgin Islands' economy and Hurricanes Irma and Maria have clearly taken their toll. The length of time it takes to get job numbers back up depends on how quickly vacationers return.

4 months ago

San Juan Airport Operates on Generators as Puerto Rico Suffers Island-Wide Power Outage

San Juan Airport Operates on Generators as Puerto Rico Suffers Island-Wide Power Outage

Jonathan Levin and Yalixa Rivera, Bloomberg

Puerto Rico faced a crisis even before Hurricane Maria, and it requires serious investment if it is to ever resolve the existential issues that are driving thousands of residents off the island. The federal government's response to the island's problems has been racist and otherwise despicable.

7 months ago

Carnival Sees a ‘Hurricane Hangover’ in Parts of the Caribbean

Carnival Sees a ‘Hurricane Hangover’ in Parts of the Caribbean

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Travelers held off on booking cruises to the Caribbean in the aftermath of the 2017 hurricanes. One big question is how many of them will want to risk sailing during this year's hurricane season — and at what prices.

8 months ago

Puerto Rico’s New Tourism Push Faces Another Kind of Storm Six Months After Maria

Puerto Rico’s New Tourism Push Faces Another Kind of Storm Six Months After Maria

Dan Peltier, Skift

Puerto Rico hasn't had the chance to grow up as a destination over the years, and its tourism industry finally thinks it has a shot to do that. But to become known for more than its beaches and golf, it'll have to overcome an intense political establishment that's been defined by its financial woes and disorganization.

8 months ago

Cruise Ships Are Bringing Tourists Back to Hurricane-Hit Caribbean Islands

Cruise Ships Are Bringing Tourists Back to Hurricane-Hit Caribbean Islands

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Don't sacrifice quality for quantity – that's the message some Caribbean islands are taking to heart these days as they weigh risking their upscale reputations against the benefits of letting large cruise ships and other tourists return as hurricane clean-up continues.

11 months ago