Articles tagged “puerto rico”

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.

1 month ago

Lonely Planet Defends Picking San Juan for Its List of Best Cities to Visit in 2018

Lonely Planet Defends Picking San Juan for Its List of Best Cities to Visit in 2018

Associated Press

San Juan will get back on its feet eventually, but likely not in time for the high season. Lonely Planet, however, feels differently and is defending its choice.

3 months ago

Puerto Rico Is a ‘Ghost Town’ as Visitors Stay Away After Storm

Puerto Rico Is a ‘Ghost Town’ as Visitors Stay Away After Storm

Colleen Long, Associated Press

Much of Puerto Rico is still without power and many travelers are re-thinking their upcoming trips. Wary tourists are postponing trips with the mindset that, for now, the high level of uncertainty around the destination's situation isn't worth a visit.

3 months ago

Forging Ahead in Puerto Rico and Las Vegas — Meetings Innovation Report

Forging Ahead in Puerto Rico and Las Vegas — Meetings Innovation Report

Deanna Ting, Skift

With so much weighing on the minds of meeting and event planners today, we wanted to take a closer look at what lies ahead.

3 months ago

Puerto Rico Convention Bureau CEO Is Focusing on 2018 After Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico Convention Bureau CEO Is Focusing on 2018 After Hurricane Maria

Greg Oates, Skift

The Puerto Rico Convention Bureau is actively selling for 2018 meetings and conventions despite the fallout from Hurricane Maria, but with the rebuilding efforts, the island should reposition itself more as a hub of industry innovation rather than just a U.S. tropical paradise.

3 months ago

Hurricane Relief Bill Comes With Strings Attached for Puerto Rico

Hurricane Relief Bill Comes With Strings Attached for Puerto Rico

Erik Wasson, Bloomberg

Congress' relief bill will add to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico's already extensive debt. There should be some other way to help the people of Puerto Rico without further hampering its government.

3 months ago

Trump Slams Puerto Rico But Island’s Tourism Leader Expresses Confidence in Relief Efforts

Trump Slams Puerto Rico But Island’s Tourism Leader Expresses Confidence in Relief Efforts

Dan Peltier, Skift

Many Caribbean destinations are on the road to recovery from recent storms, but they are also at the mercy of government relief efforts, which have fallen way short in some places. In Puerto Rico's case, the island is dealing with the federal government, which treated hurricanes on the U.S. mainland much more seriously.

3 months ago

Puerto Rico Hopes Tourists Return to ‘Despacito’ Neighborhood After Storm

Puerto Rico Hopes Tourists Return to ‘Despacito’ Neighborhood After Storm

Danica Coto, Associated Press

It wasn't clear before the storm how many tourists were actually lured to San Juan's La Perla neighborhood by the popular "Despacito" video, though tourism officials say searches were up significantly. Puerto Rico needs a lot of help to recover from Hurricane Maria so visitors can follow through on those searches eventually.

3 months ago

Puerto Rico Hotel Workers Scramble for Recovery Jobs With Tourism Collapsed

Puerto Rico Hotel Workers Scramble for Recovery Jobs With Tourism Collapsed

Jordyn Holman, Hui-yong Yu and Monte Reel, Bloomberg

Kudos to chains like Hilton, which are paying their workers in Puerto Rico until insurance kicks in. Tourism won't kick back in for months, at least.

4 months ago

Puerto Rico Crowds Jam Dock Hoping to Board Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

Puerto Rico Crowds Jam Dock Hoping to Board Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

Associated Press

Tourists and many Puerto Ricans alike are desperate to get off of the island as U.S. relief efforts have been abysmal and shameful.

4 months ago

Hurricane-Hit Destinations Are Providing Updates for Tourists

Hurricane-Hit Destinations Are Providing Updates for Tourists

Associated Press

Some destinations affected by recent storms will be off limits to travelers for an unknown amount of time, while others are already welcoming visitors back. Travelers looking to go to Florida or the Caribbean should do their research before planning a trip.

4 months ago

Hurricane Maria Leaves Puerto Rico Facing Billions of Dollars in Damage

Hurricane Maria Leaves Puerto Rico Facing Billions of Dollars in Damage

Michelle Kaske, Brian K. Sullivan and Jonathan Levin, Bloomberg

With hits to Texas and Florida, Puerto Rico will have to make a case that it is worthy of the same — or more — support following the devastation. It should mobilize its strong base of tourists as advocates for its cause.

4 months ago