AAA to Help Puerto Rico’s Tourism Industry Still Recovering from a Major Hurricane

TAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AAA—The Auto Club Group will join efforts to help Puerto Rico’s tourism
industry, still recovering from Hurricane Maria, which devastated the
island in 2017.

“AAA has a long heritage of helping the communities we serve,” said
Deborah Haas, Vice President, Travel Products and Services. “With this
project we further extend our community impact in an area which the AAA
Travel Agency helps travelers visit every year.”

In May, ACG will sponsor a 3-day event, hosted by Tourism Cares, a
nonprofit organization which unites the travel and tourism industry to
benefit local communities. ACG will join organizations like World
Central Kitchen and Foundation for Puerto Rico at the event to exchange
knowledge, participate in hands-on volunteering programs and explore
different ways to support the people of Puerto Rico.

“We are excited to be part of this event on behalf of the millions of
members who trust AAA for their travel needs,” said Ernesto Díaz, Vice
President, Chief Experience Officer, AAA—The Auto Club Group. “Since
Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has shown its resilience. We hope this
event further promotes the strength of their community and brings
attention to the fact that Puerto Rico is open for business when it
comes to tourism.”

According to Tourism Cares, tourism has been a viable economic driver
for Puerto Rico, when recovering from natural disasters. However, many
micro, small, and social enterprises that could benefit greatly from the
tourism economy have limited means to access the formal tourism market.
Currently only 10 percent of the island’s economy participates in the
tourism sector. An increase would create a more sustainable income,
provided that tourism recovers faster than other sectors.

The involvement in Tourism Cares for Puerto Rico—and beyond—underscores
The Auto Club Group’s commitment to rising up as a force for good in the
communities we serve.

About AAA – The Auto Club Group

The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North
America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial
services and travel offerings to over 9.9 million members across eleven
states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa,
Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and
the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion
of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than
59 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission
includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving
traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find
discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA
Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at 
AAA.com/mobile.
Visit AAA on the Internet at 
AAA.com.

About Tourism Cares

Tourism Cares, the philanthropic community of the travel and tourism
industry, promotes industry social responsibility through national
projects that it manages, as well as those of its corporate and
destination members.
TourismCares.org

Contacts

Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group
office (813)
288-7906, mobile (850) 532-0730
majenkins@aaasouth.com