At Somos Conference, Governor Cuomo and Governor Vázquez Garced Announce New, Integrated Tourism Partnership Between New York State and Puerto Rico

November 7, 2019

Partnership to Drive Visitation to New York State During Summer and Visitation to Puerto Rico During Winter

Governor Also Announces Puerto Rican Chocolate Manufacturer to Expand in New York State

Governor Cuomo Makes Announcements at 2019 Somos Puerto Rico Conference

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced today announced a new, integrated tourism partnership between New York State and Puerto Rico that will highlight popular attractions in both locations to drive visitation to both. Both Governors will direct state resources to promote reciprocal visitation to each destination over the next year. Governor Cuomo also announced that Chocolate Cortés, the leading chocolate manufacturer in the Caribbean and a longstanding Puerto Rican and Dominican brand, will expand in New York State with its restaurant concept Chocobar Cortés. The Governor made both announcements at the 2019 Somos Puerto Rico Conference in San Juan.

"New York maintains robust economic and cultural ties with Puerto Rico, and this new partnership will take advantage of all that the state and the island have to offer while bolstering both tourism industries through an integrated marketing campaign," Governor Cuomo said. "In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, New York stood shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters on the island and this new partnership is the latest example of our ongoing commitment to the people of Puerto Rico."

Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced said, "New York State has shown an unwavering commitment with Puerto Rico's recovery for the past two years. Today's announcement marks yet another milestone in the strong partnership between New York and Puerto Rico. We look forward to developing this mutually beneficial tourism marketing initiative, and are extremely grateful for the recovery and relief efforts which New York State has spearheaded in Puerto Rico."

Read the full press release here.