Spotlight Seminars acquaint U.S. trade with Puerto Rico's allure

SAN JUAN -- If it's spring, then it must be Spotlight time.

The Puerto Rico Tourism Co. (PRTC) and leading suppliers are selling the island to agents throughout the U.S. through May 11.

The Spotlight Seminars, which kicked off in late March and thus far have visited key markets in the Northeast, Midwest and West Coast, focus on the island's mix of culture, history, nightlife, nature and beaches.

"The destination seminars offer agents informative and up-to-date island information," said Jose A. Corujo, PRTC's executive director.

Each classroom-style seminar is led by an expert on Puerto Rico accompanied by updates and materials from airlines, hotels and tour operators. Other handouts include the new 80-page Puerto Rico Sales Guide.

The seminars -- accredited by the Institute of Certified Travel Agents -- are the first step for agents toward becoming Puerto Rico Travel Experts.

Remaining cities and dates (all seminars, except for the May 2 event in Dania, Fla., last from 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) include the following:

  • May 2, Dania, (a morning seminar at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport).
  • May 2, Palm Beach Garden, Fla. (Marriott Palm Beach Garden).
  • May 3, Tampa, Fla. (Doubletree Hotel Tampa Airport).
  • May 9, Oklahoma City. (Hilton Oklahoma City NW).
  • May 10, Research Triangle, N.C. (Sheraton Imperial Hotel).
  • May 11, Metairie, La. (Doubletree Lakeside).
  • For additional information, agents can call (800) 896-4204.

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