The Puerto Rico Tourism Co. and the Puerto Rico and Caribbean Technoeconomic Corridor partnered Tuesday to promote innovation and economic development along the western flank’s Porta del Sol region.
The agreement is in line with PRTEC’s mission to integrated economic development for the region comprising the towns of Rincón, Cabo Rojo, Guánica, Isabela, Mayagüez, Aguadilla, San Germán, Lajas, Aguada, Moca, Hormigueros, Maricao, Las Marías, Añasco, San Sebastián and Quebradillas.
“In the case of Porta del Sol, were part of its birth and we want to remain part of its development and growth as a regional tourist destination of excellence in Puerto Rico,” said PRTEC Executive Director Nelson Perea. “We don’t have to reinvent the wheel, but push it among all sectors of the region so that it moves and generates benefits for the region we all want.”
Through the agreement, PRTEC and the Tourism Co. vowed to: support the establishment and development of micro tourism; coordinate training activities with universities and consortia of the Porta del Sol region covered by the Workforce Investment Act; support local tourism plans as part of economic profiles that PRTEC is preparing for the municipalities in the Porta del Sol region; and provide support in the development of new tourism projects in the region with the Porta del Sol Ambassador program.
The agency offered to support PRTEC through its different divisions to approve permits, provide statistics to studies done on the tourism industry and to prepare business plans, and offer financial advice, among other assistance..
“By signing this agreement we attest to the fact that when the private sector and nonprofits, municipalities, and government work in partnership we strengthen the island’s image and can prove without a doubt that Puerto Rico is a five-star destination,” Tourism Co. Executive Director Ingrid Rivera-Rocafort said.