|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Caribbean

Murders Could Hurt Puerto Rico Tourism Sector

SAN JUAN – The tourism sector in Puerto Rico fears that the image of the Caribbean island as a vacation spot may deteriorate after 110 murders were registered in January.

The violence has hurt the worldwide perception of the U.S. commonwealth, which each year welcomes some 4 million visitors, most of them from the continental United States, the president of the Hotels and Tourism Association of Puerto Rico, Clarisa Jimenez, told Efe on Tuesday.

Police reported on Tuesday that there were 110 murders around the island in January, 34 more than during the same month in 2010.

“This is a regrettable situation,” said Jimenez, after recalling that the Internet allows the news of the violent deeds that occur each day in Puerto Rico to be noted around the world.

She emphasized that therefore it is a basic task for the island to intensify its public relations work, especially in the main tourist-sending countries.

Meanwhile, the director of the state-run Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Mario Gonzalez, said that strategies to counteract the image of violence are currently under way.

Gonzalez said that the wave of murders in January has not significantly hurt Puerto Rico’s image and that there is no direct relationship between the violent deaths that occur each day around the island and the falloff in tourist arrivals.

He said that hotel occupancy so far this year has been at 70 percent and that it is expected that both in Puerto Rico and in other Caribbean destinations that tourist arrivals will rise by about 3 percent during 2011.

He also insisted that Puerto Rico is a safe destination, although he did admit that recent news about the violence on the island does not contribute to strengthening its image as a tourist haven.

The region of the island with the most killings last month was Bayamon, with 25, followed by San Juan with 22 and Ponce with 13.

About 51 percent of the crimes were committed between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., according to police statistics.

The chief of the Puerto Rican police, Jose Figueroa Sancha, said that the increase in the number of murders was mainly due to the lack of values among a portion of the population, social decay and drug trafficking.

Figueroa Sancha said that the police were doing their job and that another factor contributing to the increase in murders is the rise in domestic violence.

Mario Gonzalez’s agency last September launched an advertising campaign for the island that includes ads on the gigantic NASDAQ screens in New York’s Times Square. EFE
 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2020 © All rights reserved