Successful week in local hotels

Puerto Rico dreaming...The improvised government shutdown combined with government holidays on Wednesday (Constitution Day) and Friday (José Celso Barbosa's Birthday), helped local hotels to an average 92.4% occupancy rate last week.

Executive Director of the Tourism Company, Terestella González thanked high levels of registered guests in the paradores and island hotels in reaching the high occupancy rate. The rate actually exceeded previous estimates for the week by the Tourism Company for the same period last year. However, as previously mentioned here, the island currently is carrying a smaller inventory of rooms due to the aggressive renovations of many different hotels.

From my personal observation, there were many locals filling up those hotel rooms. Some family of my wife was visiting the island and stayed at the Caribe Hilton. As part-time tour guide and full-time tourist, we visited them several times at the hotel and witnessed first hand the ratio between local and foreign tourists. If I had to make a guess, I'd say that over 60% of the guests staying in the hotel were locals and roughly 40% were from off of the island.

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