Puerto Rico Sees an Economic Fix in Tourism

El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico Photograph by Danita Delimont/Getty Images

Puerto Rico isn’t looking only to wealthy, tax-averse Americans for growth—tourism is also high on the list of ideas for boosting the economy. The U.S. territory wants to boost tourism’s share of gross domestic product to 8 percent from 6 percent over the next three years, an increase of $1.2 billion. Parts of the plan include adding more than 5,000 new hotel rooms by 2017, luring new flights, and developing two new ports for cruise lines to visit.

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