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Economy, Tourism

coastal beaches, cruise ships, hotel rooms, construction industry, expansion

The year-round warm climate in Puerto Rico and its abundant sunshine and coastal beaches attract millions of tourists each year. Tourists were an insignificant source of income before 1940, but the Puerto Rican Tourism Company has promoted tourism with great success. A little over 3.3 million tourists visited the island in 1999. Some 1.3 million tourists arrived via cruise ships. Their primary destination is the San Juan area, the location of numerous luxury hotels. In 1992 the island had 8,400 hotel rooms, but by 2001 this number had increased to 12,400 rooms. This expansion greatly helped not only the tourist industry but the construction industry as well. Tourists spent $815 million in 1999.



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