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Tourism Cares for Puerto Rico is a three-day program designed to harness the transformative power and the collective strength of our industry through hands-on volunteering, knowledge exchange and exploration of business integration

Through the three day program, Tourism Cares is developing a Commitment to Action with the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post Disaster Recovery. This Commitment is in partnership with the  Foundation for Puerto Rico, World Central Kitchen, Discover Puerto Rico, Hilton Caribe San Juan and Hilton Ponce, we are committed to facilitating partnerships between global tourism companies and micro, small and social enterprises in Puerto Rico.

Tourism has been a viable economic driver for the region of Puerto Rico to recover from natural disasters.  However, many micro, small, and social enterprises that could benefit greatly from the tourism economy have limited means to access the formal tourism market.  Currently only 10% of the island’s economy participates in the  tourism sector,  an increase would provide more sustainable income post disaster given that tourism recovers more quickly than other sectors. 

Scroll down for more in-depth information on the event program and accommodation information.

Registration is $399* per person and does not include travel or accommodations. Registration for Tourism Cares members begins December 2018 and for non-members in February 2019, based on availability. To secure your place early, become a sponsor or member. Please note: Registration is non-refundable. This is an 18+ event.

Thank you to our early adopter sponsors:

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Schedule of Events

Wednesday, May 8

Arrivals to San Juan. Optional tour activities available.

2:30pm – 5:30pm: Opening education session

Program delegates and locals exchange in knowledge sharing, best practices in business and gain insight in to the future of Puerto Rico tourism.

7pm – 8:30pm: Opening networking reception, hosted by Discover Puerto Rico

Overnight in San Juan (see hotel info below)

Thursday, May 9

Early morning: Transfers to social enterprise experience visits/volunteer projects

7:30am – 5pm: Volunteering and social enterprise visits

Arrivals to Hilton Ponce

7pm – 9pm: Food festival at Seralles Castle, hosted by Hilton Ponce, Seralles Family and Don Q

Delegates will sample local food and enjoy local entertainment during this celebration of Puerto Rican culture.

Overnight in Ponce (see hotel info below)

Friday, May 10

8:00am – 10:00am: Closing session – what have we learned in Puerto Rico? Hosted by Hilton Ponce

Departures or weekend extension options available


For the convenience of our volunteers, a rate has been secured with the following hotel properties. Please note, we will be moving across the island, so book accordingly:

For Wednesday, May 8, please book at: Caribe Hilton San Juan - $120+ | Click here to book

For Thursday, May 9, please book at: Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort - $89 - $125+ | Click here to book

Please note: official event transportation will be available from these properties only.

*Registration includes all programming for Wednesday - Friday including food (reception on Wednesday, lunch and dinner on Thursday and breakfast Friday) all tools and materials for the work day, transportation (on Thursday and returns to San Juan Friday), volunteer t-shirt, backpack and water bottle as well as a donation to local social enterprises and non-profits. Registration is non-refundable.