Puerto Rico emphasizes that tourism infrastructure is intact

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San Juan's busy cruise port on Jan. 8.
San Juan's busy cruise port on Jan. 8.

Puerto Rico is open for tourism. That’s the message from Discover Puerto Rico CEO Brad Dean, who reported that San Juan welcomed close to 15,000 visitors from three cruise ships on Jan. 9.

A state of emergency remains in place in southwestern Puerto Rico, which was impacted by earthquakes on Jan. 6 and 7. “Travelers should not be dissuaded by the state of emergency. Gov. Wanda Vazquez has kept that in place to continue to ensure that those in need receive adequate government funding and support,” Dean said.

Source: Discover Puerto Rico

Dean said power in Old San Juan has been fully restored. “It’s business as usual at all major hotels,” Dean said.

Flights are operating normally to and from airports in San Juan, Ponce and Aguadilla. Taxi and rideshare options are available. Ferry services to and from Vieques and Culebra are running. 

The Ponce cruise port, the Puerto Rico Convention Center and major attractions such as El Morro, El Yunque, San Cristobal Fort and all areas around San Juan are open for business.

Two tourism sites, Punta Ventana in Guayanilla and the Ruins of the Lighthouse in Guanica reported damage, along with several hotels and many homes and businesses in southwestern Puerto Rico.

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