Tourism contribution to economy drops amid pandemic
By John McPhaul
Puerto Rico Tourism Co. (CTPR by its Spanish initials) Executive Director Carla Campos said Wednesday that tourism’s contribution to the island economy has dropped considerably this year when compared with 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Regarding the contribution of tourism to the gross domestic product, we believe that there will be a decrease of 61 percent, compared to what tourism contributed to the gross domestic product last year,” Campos said in a radio interview.
“Likewise, when we look at the hospitality sector, we believe that in hospitality there will be approximately 53 percent less collections or sales of hotel rooms compared to the same period of the previous year,” she said. “And also in what has to do with air access and the arrival of passengers to Puerto Rico, similarly, there is a significant decline. [This year’s] volume of passengers is 49 percent less, as of November, than in 2019. And we believe that we are going to close with a volume of 49 percent fewer passengers who are going to enter Puerto Rico in 2020.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines are very clear on the recommendations, she said.
Discover Puerto Rico has carried out a campaign and communication efforts abroad, both with media coverage as well as with a paid plan and guidance through social networks, the CTPR executive director said.
“And when [tourists] arrive in Puerto Rico, it is crystal clear to them, when the airport signage directs them to the web pages, what the established requirements are going to be in Puerto Rico,” Campos said.