Meet Puerto Rico wants meeting planners to know that the island is still very much open for business after Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria struck earlier this fall.
To date, 72 percent, or 108 out of 149 endorsed hotels, are operating, according to the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. And now Meet Puerto Rico is offering a “Check Off Your Bucket List” promotion that encourages groups to visit. The promotion rewards event planners for booking at select participating Puerto Rico hotels and resorts with not only savings, but also a “bucket list experience” to incorporate into their meeting. Those experiences range from walking tours of historic Old San Juan, coffee tastings and visits to local coffee baristas, an exploration of the Bacardi Rum Factory and even outdoor activities such as stand-up paddle boarding lessons and zip lining at ToroVerde ecological adventure park.
“We are not just coming back, we are moving into a new age with the amazing opportunity to try new ideas, new approaches and new commitments to our clients, and we want you to participate in our progress and share in the anticipation of relaunching and rediscovering Puerto Rico,” says Milton Segarra, CDME, president & CEO of Meet Puerto Rico.
“We are not just coming back, we are moving into a new age with the amazing opportunity to try new ideas, new approaches and new commitments to our clients.”
The promotion applies to new leads or groups generated and contracts signed by March 31, 2018, with a travel window until Dec. 31, 2019. For 100 to 499 room nights, Meet Puerto Rico will contribute $10 per booked room night; for 500 to 999 room nights, $15 per booked room night; and 1,000-plus room nights, $20 per booked room night.
“Our experiences set us apart—from culinary to history to nature and entertainment, and they are coming back; plus, we will be working on new experiences to provide something brand new and different—but still Puerto Rico,” says Segarra. “Puerto Rico turns meeting lists into bucket lists, so planners and attendees can still escape the conventional.”