Hurricane Maria one year later: Puerto Rico is ‘eager to welcome visitors’

Last September, renowned chef Jose Andres landed in Puerto Rico to help feed the victims of Hurricane Maria, which left the island with destroyed homes and very little food, water, electricity and cell phone service.

“I have never seen anything like this before, and I immediately saw the need of the island – the urgency of action became real,” he says.  

Hurricane Maria reached landfall directly in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017.

One year later, the island that depends so much on tourism has a message for travelers: It wants and needs them to return.

“The tourism industry has recovered, and we are ready and willing and eager to welcome visitors,” says Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico.

Dean says 4,000 restaurants, 189 attractions, 13 golf courses, and 16 casinos have re-opened. The island has 14 cruises ships making ports of call there, four more than last year.

Airlines are making 110 daily flights to the island right now. Before the hurricane, there were 120 to 130 daily flights. Directly after the hurricane, there were just 20.

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