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Tennis Star And Olympic Gold Medalist Monica Puig Urges Travelers To Visit Puerto Rico As She Joins Mission To Fight Zika Fear With Facts

September 28, 2016 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Proud Puerto Rican Mónica Puig, who won Puerto Rico’s first gold medal at the Rio Olympics, recently returned home to enjoy a worry free time with her family and friends as she celebrated her win. Puig also spent time working with local officials to raise awareness of protection and prevention programs to stop the spread of Zika.

Puig says that Puerto Rico is a great getaway for everyone and travelers should know the facts when planning a trip to the island, “Zika can have serious consequences for pregnant women and those looking to get pregnant. But if you’re not pregnant or planning to have a family in the near future, come visit Puerto Rico, my home sweet home.”


Monica Puig Celebrates her Olympic Gold Medal and urges travelers to visit her homeland. (Photo Credit: Puerto Rico Tourism Company)

Puig adds that precautionary measures are simple for visitors, “Apply insect repellent carefully and liberally and enjoy a worry free experience.”

Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) Executive Director, Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, praised Puig’s achievements as well as her involvement and echoed her sentiments about informed, worry-free travel to the island: “We couldn’t be more proud of Monica’s achievement at the Olympics, bringing home the gold for the first time ever. And we are as equally proud of her commitment in helping us educate all about the facts not fear of Zika, urging travelers, who are not pregnant or expecting to start a family, to come experience Puerto Rico and see firsthand the island she loves.”

PRTC has been working with the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association, Meet Puerto Rico, the Convention Bureau, and other industry partners for the implementation of an aggressive educational and preventive campaign to ensure that hotels and tourist attractions are actively spraying to control mosquito populations, maintaining strict, preventive grounds-keeping practices, and training employees to recognize and deal with potential mosquito breeding grounds on their respective properties.

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