Puerto Rico Tourism Continues to Surge

Puerto Rico tourism continues to surge, in a mark of the island’s ongoing economic reactivation and recovery from the turmoil of the global pandemic.

According to the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) — a public agency that regulates and promotes tourism on the island — January 2023 saw the highest figure on record for room tax collected during that month with $11.8 million being recorded.

This surpassed the record year of 2022, which amounted to $7.8 million, as well as the historical amount recorded for January which stands at $6.7 million.

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Room tax in Puerto Rico is applied to hotel, guesthouse, and other short-term rentals (defined as any rentals lasting less than 90 days), and is applied at a rate of 7% of the cost of the rental.

According to PRTC, the growth in Puerto Rico tourism seen in January 2023 was accompanied by an extraordinary increase in the movement of passengers by air which reached 1,028,927. This figure surpassed the figures of the previous four years, with the second highest being 888,012 in 2020.

“Achieving this number of passengers has required effective and consistent promotional efforts in addition to constant work in coordination with the airport community, airlines and the government in recent years, especially after facing all the challenges inherent to the pandemic,” said Jorge Hernández, CEO of Aerostar.

“For us, it entails continuing to assume the great responsibility of maintaining quality standards of service and attention to our passengers,” he added.

Puerto Rico tourism a strong investment opportunity

Tourism offers a good investment opportunity, with manufacturing, import/export, and real estate also major business opportunities in Puerto Rico.

The island registers considerably higher visitor numbers than many other Caribbean nations, thanks in part to strong cultural and economic connections with the United States, of which Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory. 

Puerto Rico tourism also benefits from the fact that Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, which serves capital San Juan, receives direct flights from multiple US cities, Madrid, Frankfurt, and a host of cities around Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Puerto Rico has been a US territory since 1898, and its residents have enjoyed US citizenship since 1917. The island has seen strong growth in recent decades, with gross domestic product (GDP) increasing exponentially since 1970.

Today Puerto Rico is one of the most prosperous markets in Latin America and the Caribbean, registering a gross national income (GNI) of $24,560 per capita in 2022. It also enjoys significantly lower rates of violent crime than other popular tourist destinations from the region, including Colombia, Jamaica, and Mexico.

These conditions add up to make Puerto Rico tourism a strong investment prospect, as evidenced by the record-breaking results seen in the sector this year. 

The opportunities offered by tourism also feed into a range of other benefits of doing business in Puerto Rico, which also include significant tax breaks, impressive infrastructure, and a prime location for trade.

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Craig Dempsey

Craig Dempsey

Craig is a seasoned business professional in Latin America. He is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of the Biz Latin Hub Group that specializes in the provision market entry and back office services. Craig holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, with honors and a Master's Degree in Project Management from the University of New South Wales. Craig is also an active board member on the Australian Colombian Business Council, and likewise also active with the Australian Latin American Business Council.

Craig is also a military veteran, having served in the Australian military on numerous overseas missions and also a former mining executive with experience in various overseas jurisdictions, including, Canada, Australia, Peru and Colombia.

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