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TRYING TO JUMP START ITS TOURISM
INDUSTRY IT APPEARS TO BE INDUSTRY IT APPEARS TO BE WORKING AS GABE GUTIERREZ WORKING AS GABE GUTIERREZ REPORTS. REPORTS.>>Reporter: JUST MONTHS AGO>>Reporter: JUST MONTHS AGO THIS DIDNT SEEM POTENTIAL. THIS DIDNT SEEM POTENTIAL. PUERTO RICOS ECONOMIC ENGINE PUERTO RICOS ECONOMIC ENGINE SPUTTERING TO LIFE AFTER SPUTTERING TO LIFE AFTER HURRICANE MARIA. HURRICANE MARIA.>>I THINK NOW MORE THAN EVER WE>>I THINK NOW MORE THAN EVER WE HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR ECONOMY BECAUSE THEY NEED THE ECONOMY BECAUSE THEY NEED THE TOURISM. TOURISM.>>Reporter: THESE COUPLES FROM>>Reporter: THESE COUPLES FROM BALTIMORE SOAKING IN THE SUN BALTIMORE SOAKING IN THE SUN AFTER REFUSING TO SCRAP THEIR
VACATION PLANS BUT SOME OF THEIR VACATION PLANS BUT SOME OF THEIR
FRIENDS DID. FRIENDS DID.>>I THINK ITS OUR>>I THINK ITS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO LOOK OUT FOR
THOSE PEOPLE AND THIS IS PART OF THOSE PEOPLE AND THIS IS PART OF
THE UNITED STATES. THE UNITED STATES.>>Reporter: OUTSIDE THE CAPITAL
CITY, SEVERAL MOUNTAINHE CAPITAL CITY, SEVERAL MOUNTAIN
COMMUNITIES ARE STILL DESPERATE COMMUNITIES ARE STILL DESPERATE FOR POWER, SUPPLIES AND
ATTENTION. SUPPLIES AND ATTENTION. THOSE FROM DAMAGED RESORTS WILL
BE CLOSED FOR MONTHS, MORE THAN BE CLOSED FOR MONTHS, MORE THAN
85% OF THE ISLANDS HOTELS ARE 85% OF THE ISLANDS HOTELS ARE BACK UP AND RUNNING. BACK UP AND RUNNING. AN INDUSTRY CRITICAL FOR THE
LONG-TERM RECOVERY HERE. THE LONG-TERM RECOVERY HERE.
>>THEYRE VERY HAPPY THAT THE>>THEYRE VERY HAPPY THAT THE ISLAND IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
>>Reporter: THIS CARNIVALS.>>Reporter: THIS CARNIVAL
CRUISE WITH 2,200 PASSENGERS IN CRUISE WITH 2,200 PASSENGERS IN
SOLD OUT. SOLD OUT. TOURISM OFFICIALS ARE HOPING FOR TOURISM OFFICIALS ARE HOPING FOR ALMOST 2 MILLION CRUISE ALMOST 2 MILLION CRUISE PASSENGERS OVER THE NEXT YEAR PASSENGERS OVER THE NEXT YEAR PUMPING A QUARTER MILLION PUMPING A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS INTO THE ECONOMY. DOLLARS INTO THE ECONOMY.>>DID THE HURRICANE GIVE YOU>>DID THE HURRICANE GIVE YOU ANY PAUSE AT ALL? ANY PAUSE AT ALL?>>ABSOLUTELY NOT.>>ABSOLUTELY NOT.>>Reporter: AND ALL SAN JUAN>>Reporter: AND ALL SAN JUAN BUSINESS IS BOOMING IN AGAIN, BUSINESS IS BOOMING IN AGAIN, COFFEE HOPS ARE PACKED AND COFFEE HOPS ARE PACKED AND RESERVATIONS ARE HARD TO SNAG AT RESERVATIONS ARE HARD TO SNAG AT THE HIGH END RESTAURANT.
>>I THINK THE BEST THING THAT>>I THINK THE BEST THING THAT
PEOPLE CAN DO IS COME AND NOT PEOPLE CAN DO IS COME AND NOT
DONATE YOUR MONEY BUT LET US DONATE YOUR MONEY BUT LET US
SERVE YOU. SERVE YOU.
>>Reporter: HERE THEYRE>>Reporter: HERE THEYRE
FIGHTING FOR EVERY DOLLAR AS FIGHTING FOR EVERY DOLLAR AS
THIS ISLAND FINDS ITS RHYTHM

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