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Puerto Rico selected as host for prestigious World Travel & Tourism Council Global Summit

Published:Wednesday | April 17, 2019 | 12:25 AM

Discover Puerto Rico, the island’s first-ever ­destination marketing organisation, today announced that the Island will serve as the host for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) 2020 Global Summit.

Representing the global private sector of travel and tourism, the Global Summit is regarded as the most important worldwide event in the sector and gathers significant global business leaders yearly.

“We’re honoured to have been chosen as host destination for the upcoming World Travel and Tourism Council 2020 Global Summit. Puerto Rico is a place where rich culture and natural wonders lay the foundation for an immense bounty of one-of-a-kind experiences. We’re thriving as a destination of global importance and hosting this summit will elevate even further our tourism offering, positively impacting the local economy. We look forward to welcoming the global tourism industry next year to discover all that Puerto Rico offers,” said Brad Dean, chief executive officer of Discover Puerto Rico.

In Puerto Rico, the travel industry employs roughly 77,000 people, contributes 6.5 per cent to the island’s GDP, and impacts a noteworthy 17 additional sectors of the economy.

This is on the rise, given the island’s increasing popularity as a must-visit destination on a global scale, and is validated given the selection by the WTTC as the first United States (US) island territory to host the respected event.

“We are delighted to bring next year’s Global Summit to the beautiful tropical Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, a welcoming and diverse destination that is attracting travellers from all over the world,” said Gloria Guevara Manzo, president and CEO of WTTC. “We’re particularly excited because the destination provides ease in travelling and doing business since Puerto Rico is a US territory yet has the allure of the Caribbean.”

The WTTC Global Summit will be held from April 21-23, 2020, at the District San Juan, a five-acre hospitality and entertainment district opening later this year. The complex is currently being designed and is poised to be the most vibrant and popular setting for events, conventions and performances in the Caribbean.

Puerto Rico’s unique history and offerings set it apart as a global destination, including a fusion of Taino Indian, Spanish and African cultures, seen vividly in the food, music and architecture. Found on the island is El Yunque, the only tropical rainforest in the US forest system; three of the world’s five bioluminescence bays; and El Monstruo, the longest zip line in the Americas.

Visit discoverpuertorico.com for more information on the ­destination and its variety of ­offerings and lodging options.