Sections

Home New York National Sports Calendar

Tourism conference in Puerto Rico to go on as scheduled

The annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace is going forth with plans for their conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Caribbean Life on Facebook.

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association is going ahead with their annual conference set to take in Puerto Rico next year. The Caribbean Travel Marketplace, a yearly meetup for hospitality groups and hoteliers to discuss the future of tourism in the Caribbean, is set for Jan. 30–Feb. 1, 2018. The event was at risk for cancellation after Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused widespread destruction on the island, but organizers are hopeful the territory will be ready to host this year’s gathering citing improving recovery, said the head director of the association.

“We had plans to go to Puerto Rico before the hurricane, but we went there to assess very carefully with our public and private sectors and our host committee there to see if the destination was ready from the point of view we wanted,” said Frank Comito.

Much of the island was badly hit, but San Juan’s Convention Center, where the event will be held, is fully functioning and ready to host the 1200 guest expected to attend the meeting, according to Comito.

“That facility has remained unimpacted by the storm, and in fact it was temporarily a command center and shelter for residents before phasing out,” he said. “But by the end of the year, we know things will go back to normal and it will go back to being used as a venue.”

He says that the organization is happy to move on with the largest tourism marketing events for Caribbean, to showcase the island and its neighbors are prepared to rebuild.

“We are thrilled at that actually — we think this is a great opportunity not only for Puerto Rico and the world to show that the Caribbean is incredibly resilient,” he added.

And as area hotels expecting to see an increase in reservations were also unaffected by the storm, and even though power is scattered throughout many parts of the island, he said as recovery improves, the island will be ready by the time the conference comes around.

“We are seeing that progress every day. Our surrounding hotels will all be operating by the end of year, and we are confident they will continue to make progress,” said Comito.

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimon@cnglocal.com.
Updated 8:11 pm, November 8, 2017
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Caribbean Life on Facebook.

Reader feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not CaribbeanLifeNews.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to CaribbeanLifeNews.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!