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Batter Up - See Your Favorite Major League Baseball Team Play In Puerto Rico This Season
MLB Joins Puerto Rico's Many Diverse Island Attractions
March 11, 2003
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 11 /PRNewswire/ - Visitors traveling to Puerto Rico this year will need to pack one more item - their favorite baseball cap! From April through September, the Montreal Expos will play 22 home games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan. Now, in addition to the many diverse activities Puerto Rico offers - from watersports and pristine beaches, to adventure excursions and exotic dining - travelers can see regular season MLB games in the relaxing tropical paradise of Puerto Rico, the closest U.S. tropical island.
"The Expos games in Puerto Rico extend America's love of the game of baseball to a warm weather destination that Americans love to visit," said Jose M. Suarez, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. "Catching a baseball game during a visit to Puerto Rico is a great way to enhance an already exciting itinerary, full of diverse activities, with a taste of home.
"This monumental initiative marks the largest number of regular season games ever played outside the continental U.S. and Canada," added Suarez. "The games are generating considerable excitement and pride throughout the island and will allow us to showcase our first-class tourism destination to key markets in North America."
MLB's plan to bring games to Puerto Rico gives fans the chance to take the ultimate, fun-filled tropical road trip to see their favorite team. The New York Mets (April 11-14), Atlanta Braves (April 15-17), Cincinnati Reds (April 18-20), World Champion Anaheim Angels (June 3-5), Texas Rangers (June 6-8), Florida Marlins (September 5-7) and Chicago Cubs (September 9-11) will all square off against the Expos on the island this season. Tickets are available by phone at (787) 294-0001, online at http://www.ticketpop.com/ and at all "Casa de Los Tapes" outlets throughout Puerto Rico. Tickets range from $10-$85 per game; season tickets (22 games) are also available.
Hotels throughout the island are offering special rates and packages for baseball fans. Listings are available in publications including the Puerto Rico Travel Planner and Que Pasa! and online at http://www.gotopuertorico.com/.
The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) offers several resources to help research and plan a trip to Puerto Rico for a weekend getaway or a longer escape to several areas of Puerto Rico. Regional Travel Planners (Go North & San Juan Metro Area, Go South, Go Porta del Sol, Go East and Go Central & Mountain) detailing attractions, accommodations and dining options throughout the island are available by calling (800) 866-7827. Not-to-miss attractions throughout the island include:
* San Juan is renowned for its rich Latin culture and historic attractions, and is also one of the Caribbean's hottest urban destinations. Whether visiting the ancient fortification of El Morro in Old San Juan, or exploring the city's trendy restaurants, clubs and boutiques, travelers will always find plenty of excitement. * The Northern region of Puerto Rico is recognized for its magnificent beaches and impressive natural wonders, including the Rio Camuy Cave Park and the Arecibo Observatory. Beach buffs won't want to miss Dorado, where white-sand beaches dot the coastline amongst several luxury resorts, casinos and golf courses. * The Western region, called "Porta del Sol," offers a fun-filled sun vacation in a region that is an undiscovered treasure for most visitors from the mainland. This region, already the most popular spot for a tranquil retreat among Puerto Ricans, offers smaller hotels, inns and paradores, in quaint fishing villages and small towns. Visitors enjoy the undiscovered beauty of some of the island's best beaches and nature reserves, where surfers and watersports enthusiasts flock for some of the best waves and scuba sites in theworld, while nature and adventure buffs head to the dry forest and cave systems to hike, bike and explore. * A trip to the Eastern region would not be complete without a visit to the El Yunque Tropical Rainforest, where tropical trees, flowers and exotic wildlife are abundant. Some of Puerto Rico's best beaches and resort towns are on the Eastern coast, including Luquillo Beach and Fajardo, where travelers can enjoy snorkeling, diving and sailing. * The Southern region is known for its fusion of cultures and neoclassical architecture. In Ponce, visitors can explore the Museo de Arte de Ponce or visit a sidewalk cafe in the downtown Plaza. * With a mixture of Spanish, Taino Indian and African cultures, the Central region is a historical melting pot of customs and architecture. Start with a visit to a coffee plantation, such as Hacienda Juanita, and then spend the afternoon hiking through the Rio Abajo Forest in Utado.
The Puerto Rico Tourism Company, created in 1970, is a public corporation responsible for stimulating, promoting and regulating the development of the tourism industry. It markets Puerto Rico as a tourism destination through advertising, public relations and promotional activities; promotes tourism among local residents; provides visitor orientation and technical assistance to investors; evaluates tourism facilities and establishes standards of quality; and regulates and oversees gaming operations. Puerto Rico Tourism Company has offices and representatives in the U.S. mainland (New York, Los Angeles and Miami), Canada, Europe and Latin America.
NOTES TO EDITORS: For more information about Puerto Rico, call our national media hotline at 1-888-331-8844, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.gotopuertorico.com. For more information on Major League Baseball in Puerto Rico, please call Patrick Courtney at +1-212-931-7878. Puerto Rico Tourism Company
CONTACT: Victoria Martinez, Victoria.Martinez@edelman.com, or Carmen Letscher, both of Edelman Public Relations, +1-212-704-8154, for Puerto Rico Tourism Company.
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