Puerto Rico celebrates international month of tourism with multiple events in all its regions
As part of the celebration of International Tourism Month and its efforts to promote activities that benefit the tourism industry and the local economy, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (CTPR) reported on several activities around the island that will be taking place during the month of September.
The Executive Director of the CTPR, Carla Campos, announced the plans and itinerary of events during the next weeks detailing the calendar of 30 activities in 20 municipalities located all the tourist regions of the island – Porta del Sol, Porta Caribe, Porta Atlántico, Porta Atlántico, Porta Cordillera, Eastern Region and Metro Zone. Several of these events are being sponsored by the CTPR and it is estimated that these activities will be attended by approximately 16,600 people including international residents and visitors.
In the first 10 days, 11 activities have already been held, including the San Juan International Film Festival in Fine Arts, Miramar; the first round of the Little Lads and Little Lassies baseball tournament in several municipalities of Porta Caribe and the 5k 10k and half marathon Lola Challenge races in Old San Juan.
During the rest of the month there were a wide range of options, initiatives and events to promote the diversity of tourist offerings, domestic tourism and local economic activity. Among them were the 8th Chalk Festival in Cataño; the Fiesta de Plena and Quenepa in Ponce; the Tasting Culture Festival in Arecibo; the Celebration of the 500 years of San Juan; and the Chévere Que Son event at the Tropical Casino in Bayamón.
As part of the strategy to raise awareness about the importance of tourism and the number of attractions available just miles from our homes in September, the Pin Your Movements I’m Touring Zumba Tour Puerto Rico visited Lares, Aguas Buenas, Guánica, Guaynabo, Aguadilla, Orocovis and Arecibo. This tour has the participation of the renowned dancer Toni Costa who will be visiting different villages in the coming months.
The International Coastal Cleansing Day was celebrated on September 22 in several beaches and spas of the Island. This initiative includes the participation of several entities of the tourism industry, community organizations, schools, youth groups and private citizens.
On September 27, a massive event will be held to commemorate International Tourism Day on the grounds of the capital of Puerto Rico. This year, the World Tourism Organization emphasises the importance of the tourism industry worldwide with the selection of the theme ‘Tourism and employment, a better future for all’. This activity will serve to close tourism month and will have educational forums among other activities that will be announced by the House of Representatives, its President Carlos ‘Johnny’ Méndez, as well as by the representative Néstor Alonso, President of the Tourism and Welfare Commission Social.
Similarly, the Head of the CTPR indicated that a Destination Management Forum will be sponsored for industry members in the public and private sectors. In it, topics such as short-term rentals, security, cleaning and maintenance of areas of tourist interest will be discussed, among others of importance for the development and promotion of Puerto Rico as a world-class destination.