Puerto Rico outperforms most places in recreation tourism

by | Oct 22, 2021 | Golf Vacations

Puerto Rico leads the way when it comes to tourism recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the US Travel Association’s Recovery Dashboard, which features the latest data from Tourism Economics.

The US average for travel spending in September was around 11 percent lower than the same period two years ago. However, Puerto Rico travel expenses were more than 23 percent above this clip. In addition, only eight US states have visitor spending levels above 2019. They are between one and nine percent higher, while visitor spending in Puerto Rico was 23 percent higher than two years ago before the pandemic broke out.


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According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the island had the highest percentage of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the United States as of October 19, with 73 percent of Puerto Rico’s total population of 3.3 million being complete vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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The destination’s stellar recovery was also fueled by one of the lowest COVID community transmission rates in the country with just 18 confirmed cases among 100,000 residents in the past seven days (as of October 21).

While travelers continue to visit the island for a variety of reasons, the destination’s marketing organization Discover Puerto Rico points out that golf vacations are booming amid the pandemic, as visitors can practice social distancing outdoors.

In addition to its spectacular Caribbean climate, Puerto Rico boasts up to 18 golf courses ranging from luxury to communal, offering players sensational ocean views, as well as lush rainforest and other breathtaking landscapes complemented by exceptional amenities.

Americans visiting Puerto Rico this fall will not need a passport but will need to upload their official vaccination card through the Travel Declaration Form portal, while unvaccinated individuals will need to demonstrate either a negative PCR molecule or antigen COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the Arrivals.

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