Puerto Rico keeps setting tourism records, according to new data from the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
In what officials are calling a “record year” for the island, Puerto Rico has seen the highest figures ever recorded in room tax collations during the first eight months of the year.
Indeed, six of the eight months were the highest since 2008.
It comes after a summer that was arguably the best on record for Puerto Rico, including a July that saw nearly 100 percent hotel occupancy across the island.
“At the Puerto Rico Tourism Company we are extremely pleased and grateful for the boom and growth that our industry has had this year 2021,” said Carlos Mercado Santiago, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. “We can say that we have experienced one of the most fruitful stages in the history of tourism in Puerto Rico, since we have counted on the active inclusion of talent, effort and collaboration from different segments that contribute to the sector, such as: agribusinesses, tour operators, restaurant managers and waiters, porters, flight attendants, cruise lines, carriers, among many others; and of course the local and international tourists who visit us and who make up the universe that moves the tourism industry.”
The numbers have been matched by air arrival data from Mexico-based ASUR, which manages Puerto Rico’s biggest airport, Luis Munoz Marin International Airport; the numbers show tourism continuing to eclipse even the booming numbers from 2019.