SAN JUAN, P.R.
Meet Puerto Rico President Milton Segarra released the following statement after Hurricane Irma:
“Meet Puerto Rico worked closely with the PRTC and PRHTA and our members, preparing and readying ourselves for Hurricane Irma, and urging our members, staff and clients, to take the appropriate measures to protect life and property. We are happy to report that we are all well.
“We are also pleased to report after reaching out to the membership of Meet Puerto Rico (hotels, airports, venues, transportation services) that the Puerto Rico Convention Center and most of our hotels are fully operational, ready to welcome guests and accepting reservations.
“Most damages are restricted to debris, which is being removed. The Luis Munoz Marin International Airport is up and running on generators and reporting no structural damage.
“No groups or site visits have been canceled. Our calendar of events remains unchanged and we remain ready to welcome all groups to Puerto Rico soon. Please click here for additional information.
“We at Meet Puerto Rico send our good thoughts to all who have been impacted by Hurricane Irma and to those still in its path and send our prayers for safe delivery.”
Despite Puerto Rico’s narrow avoidance of the eye wall of Hurricane Irma, the island’s infrastructure took a hit, leaving an estimated 70% of its population without power directly following the storm. That did not stop a group of Puerto Ricans from sailing to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands to provide aid.