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Puerto Rico Hotel Occupancy Up In February

Destination & Tourism | Brian Major | March 30, 2015

Puerto Rico Hotel Occupancy Up In February

Photo: Puerto Rico hotel occupancy increased 4.8 percent in February 2015. Shown is San Juan’s Hotel Caribe. (Photo by Brian Major).  

Puerto Rico hotels are off to a strong start in 2015, posting an 86.1 percent occupancy rate for February, a 4.8 percent increase over 2014, according to Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) data.  

The higher occupancy “additionally reflects an average rate increase of 1.4 percent, which equals a $189.59 [rate] in February 2015 compared to $186.93 from the previous year," said Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, PRTC’s executive director. Revenue per available room also increased, Rocafort added, totaling $163.24 in February 2015 versus $151.97 in February of 2014.

Puerto Rico’s strong hotel and cruise-ship sectors last year made the U.S. territory the fourth-most popular Caribbean destination according to Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) statistics. In February, Puerto Rico hosted a record one-day total of 17,847 passengers aboard six cruise ships. The record day eclipsed the previous record of 16,396 passengers set three weeks earlier.

"This increase in hotel occupancy, based on our preliminary numbers, combined with the record number of cruise ship visitors to the island, encourage us as we continue our efforts to increase visitors, strengthen maritime and air access, and offer a varied and attractive destination,” said Rivera Rocafort. 

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