Puerto Rico, which hosts more than 70 destination weddings each month, is making it easier than ever to get hitched on the island.
The Puerto Rico Tourism Co. opened a new Demographic Registry Office at its Old San Juan Tourist Information Center near El Morro Fort.
“This new office, which is just steps away from attractions and the cruise pier where thousands of tourists disembark from cruise ships, will help us accelerate permits and license proceedings for wedding organizers and couples who want to get married here,” said Ingrid Rivera Rocafort, the tourism company's executive director.
This initiative’s impact is expected to extend beyond tourists and benefit the local destination weddings market and the overall economy of the island, according to Rocafort.
Through August, a total of 560 destination weddings have taken place in Puerto Rico.
According to data from the Demographic Registry, more than 800 destination weddings took place on the island last year, with an average of 100 guests each.
“This figure represents approximately 84,000 visitors with an average daily expense of $978, for an impact of nearly $82 million for the local economy,” Rocafort said.
Each wedding celebrated on the island generates approximately 24 direct jobs and 18 indirect jobs, including waiters, bartenders, coordinators, decorators, photographers and transport drivers.
The registry office is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For information about destination weddings, visit www.seepuertorico.com/en/experiences/lifestyle/weddings/.