Small hostel owners expect challenges in the new year – news is my business

The seaside resort of Combate is one of the members of the Association.

The Puerto Rico Association of Small Hostel Owners and Tourism Association expects challenges in 2022, for which they will try to encourage greater movement of non-resident travelers to areas outside of San Juan and San Juan. increase the presence of the group and congress segment in the Porta del Sol and Porta Caribe.

“This year [2021] will be the best year of the last decade for the Small Hostel Owners Association, as well as for many large and small hostels in Puerto Rico, ”said Xavier Ramírez, President of the Business Group.

“In December, the occupancy rate of some of our paradores could exceed the levels recorded in 2019 by 40%, which so far has been the best year for tourism in Puerto Rico,” said Ramírez.

He added that the pace of bookings for the first quarter of 2022 had slowed down somewhat, but that they are continuing, and he believes it will improve, once the COVID-19 outbreak is brought under control. local and national levels.

He pointed out that in the second half of December, he saw a drop in call and search flow of up to 30% compared to previous months.

“On the positive side, the Christmas weekend went as usual, with a few cancellations for the Christmas period. Those who canceled kept the reservation and moved it to a later date, ”Ramírez said.

“We maintain the New Year’s celebrations, even if they will be reserved only for the guests and following the strict sanitary protocols that characterize us,” added Ramírez.

Christian Rivera, co-owner of the Parador Guánica 1929, said his hotel and several others were operating below maximum capacity, given the lack of staff.

“Our sector continues to lead by example within the hospitality industry, as we conduct an extensive campaign to promote vaccination among our employees and their families, and promote health protocols to our customers”, said Rivera, vice president of the Association.

The small inns Boquemar, Combate Beach Resort, El Buen Café, Guanica 1929, and Villas Sotomayor still have rooms available for the Christmas season, which runs until mid-January.

“We are confident that there will be a large upturn in bookings over the next six weeks,” Ramírez said.

“Puerto Rico has many elements in its favor, including the high level of immunization on the island, where most people support and practice the health protocols listed, and that the tourism company and Discover Puerto Rico have the tools, as well as highly trained experts. professionals with the commitment to stimulate another tourism year equal to or greater than 2021, ”said Ramírez.

This story was written by our staff based on a press release.

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