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December 13, 2017

Milton Segarra to Step Down as Meet Puerto Rico CEO as Recovery Continues

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Milton Segarra, president and CEO of Meet Puerto Rico, has announced he is stepping down to accept a new position as CEO of Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast. The move is effective Friday, December 15. 

“I have enjoyed my tenure at Meet Puerto Rico and am proud of all the work my team and I have accomplished here on behalf of my beautiful home,” Segarra said in a statement provided to International Meetings Review. “Leaving is bittersweet. However, I know I leave the meetings industry in good hands here with the future leadership of the DMO set to start in July 2018.”

The move comes as the destination’s meetings and incentives sector continues to recover from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. According to a statement issued by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Puerto Rico still plans to host one of the Caribbean's largest tourism marketing event in San Juan from January 30 to February 1, as officials work rapidly to prepare hotels and meeting facilities impacted by the recent hurricanes.

CHTA President Karolin Troubetzkoy said Caribbean hoteliers, destination representatives and industry stakeholders who rely on doing business with the region will have a unique opportunity to learn about the region's diverse offerings, new products, improvements and upgrades, and niche market opportunities. 

The Puerto Rico Convention Center will see an array of meetings between hotel and destination representatives, online travel agents, tour operators and MICE planners with a busy program of thousands of pre-scheduled appointments. Marketplace 2018 will also see a wider range of suppliers eager to promote their new contributions to this fast growing sector.

The event opens on the evening of Tuesday, January 30, preceded by educational sessions earlier in the day. Details about registration can be found at www.chtamarketplace.com/registration-fees.

Also, our partner publication Travel Agent spoke with a representative of Meet Puerto Rico, who confirmed that the 25th annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show in San Juan is still slated to run from November 5-9, 2018. The rest of Meet Puerto Rico's calendar, which can be accessed by clicking here, is also still intact. 


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