In the wake of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s resignation, Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico, the island’s Destination Marketing Organization, said a “decision was needed to maintain tourist, investor and public confidence in Puerto Rico and for the island to continue its strong path to recovery.”
"In 2019, tourism in Puerto Rico is on track to achieve record-breaking, historical numbers – a tourism comeback never seen before. We are encouraged by the accounts of many travelers who arrived on the Island during the last two weeks, to enjoy the Island’s gastronomy, attractions, and cultural offerings, and we are continuing to welcome new travelers each day," Dean pointed out.
Discover Puerto Rico was created through bi-partisan legislation to grow tourism on the Island, as political leaders, mayors, principal business organizations and the people of Puerto Rico agreed that tourism plays an integral role in strengthening the economy and creating jobs.
"The industry is united and working closely together, including the 83,000 employees in tourism who work every day, to ensure visitors continue to have a positive experience. We have confidence that the Island will move forward and come together, to mitigate the possible adverse impact this situation may have had on the record-breaking tourism activity we have experienced in the recent months,” Dean said in his statement.
The controversy surrounding the governor began after the July 10 arrests of two former government officials on corruption charges — including former Education Secretary Julia Keleher and the former head of the Health Services Administration, Ángela Ávila — and then the release of 889 pages of a profanity-laced chat that included the governor and his closest advisors.