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The hurricane hit Puerto Rico's paradise of hotels and resorts hard - and workers are facing an uncertain future
by Nidhi Prakash
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5 February 2018
On 5 February 2018 BuzzFeed reported:
Many tourist havens, like Vieques and Fajardo, are still in need of stable cell phone service and electricity. And people who made a living in hospitality jobs are facing months of being out of work. One of Puerto Rico's largest resorts, the El Conquistador, is still closed to the public more than four months after suffering extensive damage. Two weeks ago, management laid off close to 1,000 staff members, according to local officials and former staff members.
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Vieques, an hour and half by boat off the east coast of Puerto Rico, is known for its bioluminescent bay and beaches. ... One of Vieques' largest hotels, the W Retreat and Spa (a Marriott Hotel), has been closed since Hurricane Irma, which passed over Puerto Rico on September 6, workers and local officials said. And the Wave Hotel ... isn't open to the public right now, but houses emergency workers and locals who lost their homes in the hurricane.
Bob Gevinski, manager manager of the Hix Island House hotel ... and the island's representative on the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association's board, said the industry will struggle until electricity is restored to the island.
The tourism industry currently accounts for some 6 per cent of Puerto Rico's entire economy, according to its tourism board. Before the hurricane, it had been one of the few sectors showing consistent growth in the midst of a large-scale economic crisis . . .
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