Executive Director of Puerto Rico Tourism Company (CTPR), Carlos Mercado Santiago, She reported that The first direct flight from the city Medellin to San Juanfrom the airline AviancaIt represents a new window of opportunity to strengthen relations and enhance tourism exchange between the two destinations.
The direct flight between Medellin and San Juan will consist of four weekly flights, which will add approximately 1,500 new seats and result in an economic impact estimated at $1,441,152 For the island.
“Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company are very pleased with the historic growth shown by Avianca Airlines on the island. It is pleasing to note the continued increase recorded by the Colombian airline in Puerto Rico, reaching this figure with a total of 14 weekly flights during the peak of the winter season. Adding these four new weekly flights from Medellin and increasing the frequency of its flights from Bogotá; It will have an approximate economic impact of $45 million and will add a total of 97,000 available seats between Colombia and Puerto Rico. We are satisfied with the excellent tourism exchange relationship we have developed because it will also mean expanding cultural and commercial exchange between these sister destinations,” CTPR President Carlos Mercado Santiago noted.
He joined the inauguration of the flight between Medellin and San Juan Joannes, a 25-time Latin Grammy Award winner and performer of international hits, who was optimistic about the opportunity this new route represents to increase connectivity between the two destinations; He also invited his Colombian compatriots to visit Puerto Rico.
“I am excited to be part of this first journey between Medellin and San Juan, two cities full of life and culture, always very close, but now even more so,” Juanes said. “I am always grateful to Puerto Rico for all the support you have given from the beginning, to the friends and the music.” “I invite all my countrymen to explore the wonders of Puerto Rico, just as I hope we will welcome with open arms our dear Puerto Rican friends here in Medellin and the rest of Colombia.”
“At Avianca, we are proud to continue adding new destinations to our route network for the benefit of our customers. In this case, with the launch of our direct flight between San Juan and Medellin, we want to strengthen Puerto Rico’s international connectivity and offer travelers a direct and convenient option to reach one of the most attractive destinations in Colombia.” Aristides LunaAvianca’s sales manager for North America.
Likewise, Discover Puerto Rico’s chief strategy officer, Edward ZayasHe pointed out, “Avianca’s new flight from Medellin confirms what we have always established…Puerto Rico is the ideal destination, not only for visitors coming from other countries, but for international visitors, including major Latin American countries, Europe, and Canada.” , For example. Likewise, this new route complements existing flights from Bogotá, which have so far been successful for both countries. There is no doubt that this destination and other recently announced destinations contribute to the fact that month after month, and year after year, we announce record numbers in all economic indicators related to the visitor economy. We thank Avianca for its trust in Puerto Rico and the tourism company for its efforts in providing more new routes that benefit the economic development of the island.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Aerostar, Jorge HernandezHe stated that the company welcomes the new direct line between San Juan and Medellin, which Avianca Airlines will operate with four weekly flights starting today, via Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport.
“Our facilities are ready and our employees are eager to serve the passengers who will benefit from this expansion of the flight offer between Puerto Rico and Colombia. Avianca is an important business partner that has strengthened its presence on the island in recent years. The connection between Puerto Rico’s main airport and one of the busiest airports on the South American continent facilitates Cultural, tourism and economic exchange between the two countries.
On the other hand, it should be noted that Puerto Rico was appointed in recent days as a guest of honor at the conference Tourist exhibition to Annatto From 2024.
This honor will provide a distinct projection of Puerto Rico as a tourist destination to show its best tourist attractions, such as its natural beauty, its gastronomy, the warmth of its people, its music, its history and its culture in general, which are its seal. Which distinguishes the island as an ideal destination in the Caribbean.
Puerto Rico’s successive participation in this tourism exhibition gives it the opportunity to expand its relationships and expand its visibility and presence as a global tourism destination. In addition, this has facilitated the strengthening of tourism exchange relations between Colombia and Puerto Rico.
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