Articles tagged “puerto rico”

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.

6 days 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.

1 week 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.

3 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.

4 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.

4 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.

7 months 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.

9 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.

9 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.

9 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.

9 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.

9 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.

9 months ago