Increased airline capacity and lodging demand underscore destination vibrancy and appeal to visitors
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (June 29, 2021) – Puerto Rico continues to ascend faster and better than its competitors according to statistics. That fact, coupled with the reopening of a favorite Island golf resort (El Conquistador) and best-in-class honors garnered, has positioned the tropical travel destination as one of Americans’ most desired places to visit.
Passenger arrivals in May into Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) – the air hub of the Caribbean – were the highest the airport has ever recorded for the month of May. Not only was it the biggest May for the airport; it was the seventh highest month it has ever had.
Increasing arrivals from the U.S. market are validated in the additional capacity air carriers have added through the remainder of the calendar year. For June through December, capacity from U.S. markets is up 40% from 2019, a record year for arrivals to Puerto Rico.
Lodging demand for the last three months has been 20% higher than two years ago. Hotels and independent rentals have increased in demand, with independent rentals growing 58%. The growth in both segments of the lodging industry is unique among Puerto Rico’s competitors.
Traveling to the Island is convenient and welcoming due to the traveler friendliness found in Puerto Rico’s bilingual culture, U.S. currency, and no passport required for American citizens. Its history, food, culture, beaches, casinos, golf courses, vibrant arts scene, rainforest, bioluminescent bays, and LGBTQ friendly atmosphere offer a plethora of reasons to visit.
Adding to the destination’s allure is El Conquistador Resort, the iconic property perched above the ocean in gorgeous Fajardo on the Island’s East Coast. Home to one of the Caribbean’s finest 18-hole golf courses, El Conquistador Resort has long been a favorite venue for traveling golfers. Designed by golf course architect Arthur Hills, the rollicking layout provides some of the most dramatic views and shots of any golf course in the world. That it is but one of 18 courses in Puerto Rico illuminates the quality and quantity found in the golf destination.
As an added perk for El Conquistador’s guests, complimentary self-parking and access to Coquí Waterpark are being offered to those arriving before September 30, 2021. All of the spacious 230 rooms boast deep soaking tubs, free WiFi, and private balconies with incredible views from 300 feet above sea level. For more information, visit: https://www.ConquistadorResort.com/
“We’re thrilled that El Conquistador has reopened and is once again a place where visitors to the Island can enjoy the inspiring resort and forge unforgettable memories,” said Brad Dean, CEO, Discover Puerto Rico. “Coupled with the positive tourism trends that are rising for the Island, now is the time to book your visit and discover for yourself why Puerto Rico has garnered numerous best-in-kind destination honors.”
Puerto Rico was honored in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2020 Awards as one of “The World’s Best Islands” in the Caribbean and the Atlantic. More than 715,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe.
For more information about the Island, its attractions, and its travel guidelines, visit: DiscoverPuertoRico.com.
About Discover Puerto Rico
Discover Puerto Rico is a private, not for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) whose mission is to make Puerto Rico visible to the world as a premier travel destination. The DMO has brought prosperity to the people of Puerto Rico by collaboratively positioning the Island’s diversity and uniqueness for leisure, business and events. It is responsible for all global marketing, sales and promotion of the destination and works collaboratively with key local governmental and non-governmental players throughout Puerto Rico’s visitor economy and community at large, to empower economic growth. Visit: www.DiscoverPuertoRico.com
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