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Asuntos Gubernamentales

Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association
Government Affairs Report 

January 2016

Meeting with the Candidates / PRHTA Public Policy Agenda
PRHTA requested meetings with all political candidates to discuss with them various initiatives we understand need to be implemented and adopted in order to foster tourism growth in Puerto Rico. Our aim is to establish a continuous dialogue with them and their teams so they can be educated Puerto Rico’s tourism potential and how the industry could be the key that triggers our Island’s recuperation from its fiscal and economic crisis.
Amendments to the Tourism Development Act
We continue to monitor the progress of a bill that will introduce important changes to the Tourism Development Act. The Bill was approved unanimously by the House of Representatives and is currently under the consideration of the Senate’s Committee on Tourism. We already presented a written testimony and discussed the bill content with Senator Fas Alzamora and members of its staff. We requested and additional meeting to clarify any concern they may have and to seek that the proposal be considered in an expedite manner.
PREPA Revitalization Act
We have followed the legislative discussion about this critical proposal, due to the impact it may have on all economic sectors including tourism. As written the bill will represent an automatic increase in the cost of electricity and also would penalize those who have invested in renewal energy projects. According to Representative Santa and key members of his staff, both areas will be substantially amended to mitigate the impact on the economy and to guarantee that the energy rates pass through the evaluation process that needs to be conducted by the Energy Commission. 
Internet Gaming
We requested a meeting with Representative Ángel Matos to discuss with him a legislative proposal that would authorize Internet Gaming in Puerto Rico. We will explain to him our concerns regarding said authorization and inform him about the results of similar experiments in other jurisdictions. Also we will convey the message that instead of helping the casino sector, the proposal could further dilute the gaming market and affect existing casino operations.



Deje  que su voz se escuche!

Hágase escuchar,  comuníquese con los oficiales gubernamentales y déjeles saber su opinión. 

Le incluimos los enlaces para comunicarse con el gobernador, sus senadores y representantes a la Cámara y jefes de agencias que dirigen áreas que puedn impactar a su negocio.

Gobierno de Puerto Rico:

En  http://www.gobierno.pr  encontrará información y contactos de todas las ramas de gobierno, incluyendo municipios, estadísticas sobre empleo,  economía  y la industria del turismo, entre otras.

Oficina del gobierno:

En  http://www.fortaleza.gobierno.pr  puede contactar directamente con la Fortaleza y  con todas las personas que trabajan en la Mansión Ejecutiva.

Senado:

Si quiere contactar con su senador, puede hacerlo a través de http://www.senadopr.org

Cámara de representantes

Puede contactar a su representante a través de http://www.camaraderepresentantes.org

Comuníquese con lalegislatura

Si quiere informase sobre lo proyectos bajo consideración de la legislatura y obtener copias de los mismo hágalo a través de  http://www.opinapr.com.

Su opinión es importante y sus sugerencias son bienvenidas en el proceso de aprobar leyes y reglamentos nuevos.  En la Asociación le animamos a tener un rol activo para ayudar a nuestros funcionarios electos a que tengan toda la información que necesitan para tomar decisiones acertadas en nuestro nombre.