22-01-2007
 
LEAVE YOUR PASSPORT AT HOME - TRAVEL TO PUERTO RICO NOW!
 


PRESS RELEASE 

Media Contact: Sara Garibaldi
Edelman
888-331-8844
prtourism@edelman.com

LEAVE YOUR PASSPORT AT HOME -
TRAVEL TO PUERTO RICO NOW!

Avoid One Less Hassle of Traveling -- Customs and Immigration, by Visiting the Island

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (January 16, 2007) – When planning your next vacation or quick weekend getaway, consider the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, where no passport is required for U.S. citizens. As the new passport regulation goes into effect beginning January 23rd, all U.S. citizens traveling outside of the country by air will be required to present a valid passport at customs. This applies to every destination around the world, including Canada, Mexico and the entire Caribbean, with the exception of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For travel between Puerto Rico and the U.S., no passport is required, making it easier for travelers who will not have to encounter long waits at customs and immigration. Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the U.S. offers the best of a tropical island steeped in authentic Latin culture with the benefits of being a domestic destination, English is widely spoken and the currency is the U.S. dollar.

The U.S. Department of State reports that only 25% of U.S. citizens hold passports. Therefore, for many travelers visiting Puerto Rico it is easier than ever! To help you plan your visit to Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) recently launched an on-line reservation system offering in-depth information on accommodations including hotels, resorts and paradores (family-owned inns) on the island. Accessible on www.GoToPuertoRico.com, visitors can enjoy real-time confirmations and information not usually available on web sites of third-party resellers.

“Today’s travelers are looking for convenient and hassle-free vacations that allow them to escape from their hectic daily lives,” said Terestella González Denton, Executive Director of PRTC. “Puerto Rico’s exemption from the new passport regulation, allows travelers to easily pack up, leave their hometowns and explore our beautiful island. To make travel to our island even easier, our new online booking engine on www.GoToPuertoRico.com provides the opportunity to get a quick glimpse of Puerto Rico as consumers navigate our website and create their itineraries online.”

Consumers can take advantage of an exciting travel promotion called Puerto Rico Now! offered through Liberty Travel by booking their travel February 8th through 19th for travel through September 15th, 2007. Consumers will receive a $300 air credit per room available at more than 30 participating hotels in Puerto Rico. At select hotels, consumers will also receive a 4th night free! For more information, travelers can call 1-888-271-1584 or visit www.LibertyTravel.com.

Conveniently enough, the island is served by 23 airlines that provide travelers with over 15,000 flight options from 62 destinations. With several properties undergoing extensive renovations and the announcement of new properties such as the St. Regis, W Hotel and the Sheraton Puerto Rico Convention Center Hotel, Puerto Rico offers limitless opportunities for travelers to explore beyond the shores.

To make your travels even less stressful, follow these useful hassle-free travel tips provided by PRTC:

· Take advantage of airlines’ online check-in to get you some extra sleep-in time before heading to the airport.

· Be sure to wear shoes that you can easily take off during the security checkpoints at the airport!

· Pack all your liquids and gels in a one-quart sized plastic bag, all in 3 ounce containers or smaller. U.S. Federal regulations do not allow anything more than that onboard the airplane.

· Leave your passport at home, on purpose! Avoid the hassles of customs and immigration lines by traveling to places like Puerto Rico!

For more hassle-free travel tips and information about traveling to Puerto Rico, visit www.gotopuertorico.com or call (800) 866-7827.

The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), founded in 1970, is a public corporation responsible for stimulating, promoting and regulating the development of the tourism industry. It markets Puerto Rico as a tourism destination through advertising, public relations and promotional activities; promotes tourism among local residents; provides visitor orientation and technical assistance to investors; evaluates tourism facilities and establishes standards of quality; and regulates and oversees gaming operations. PRTC has offices and representatives in the U.S. mainland, Canada, Europe and Latin America.

FOR MEDIA USE ONLY: For more information about Puerto Rico, call our national media hotline at (888) 331-8844, e-mail prtourism@edelman.com or visit the Press Room at www.GoToPuertoRico.com.



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