Saturday, April 30, 2011

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony To Start New Reality Show

The power couple from Puerto Rico, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, announced Wednesday, that they are creating a new television show called 'Q’Viva! The Chosen.' The reality television show would feature the Puerto Rican superstar couple as they travel 21 countries to find the best performers in Latin music, dance and other arts.

Lopez and Anthony are teaming up with "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller for the new reality show.
 'Q’Viva! The Chosen' will be filmed in three languages and directed by Jamie King.  'Q’Viva!' will be sponsored by BlackBerry.  A statement said, more than one network will be involved, but they have yet to be announced.  It is still to be determined when the show will air.

Lopez became a judge on “American Idol” this year, and has a new album out next week.  As Puerto Rico Is The Place had reported earlier, there are unconfirmed reports that, Lopez and Anthony are looking to build a state-of-the-art studio in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

All the best to Lopez and Anthony with their new show.



Sunday, April 24, 2011

AirTran Airways, Direct Air, And JetBlue Airways, Add Flights To Puerto Rico

AirTran starts flight service from Tampa to Puerto Rico

AirTran Airways has started a new daily nonstop service between Tampa International Airport and Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Puerto Rico.  Tampa is not the only option for nonstop service to San Juan.  AirTran Airways also offers direct flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico from Atlanta, Baltimore and Orlando.  With the added route, fliers will find getting to Puerto Rico and Tampa easier than ever.   

These are the daily nonstop flights currently available from AirTran Airways between Tampa and San Juan:  Flight 380 Tampa to San Juan — 7:30 a.m., Flight 388 Tampa to San Juan — 1:44 p.m., Flight 381 San Juan to Tampa —11 a.m., Flight 389 San Juan to Tampa — 8:19 p.m.

Direct Air adds flights to Puerto Rico

Starting in November, 2011, Direct Air will add flights to San Juan.  Direct Air based in South Carolina, flies out of 18 markets around the East Coast including regional airports in New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Florida and Pennsylvania.  Direct Air service will include twice-weekly direct flights between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Worcester, MA, and San Juan, Puerto Rico and Niagara Falls, N.Y.

The Company will also offer flights that start in Plattsburgh, N.Y. with a stop in Orlando West/Lakeland, FL, before continuing on to San Juan.  The new flights will give more options to travelers flying to Puerto Rico.  Tickets for the flights to Puerto Rico are on sale now at Direct Air’s website at $99 each way.

JetBlue will start a San Juan, Puerto Rico to St. Maarten route

JetBlue Airways is expanding in Puerto Rico by starting a nonstop daily service from San Juan, Puerto Rico to St. Maarten.  With the addition of these flights, JetBlue Airways, the largest carrier in Puerto Rico,  is making it even easier to travel between San Juan and neighboring Caribbean islands.  This new route, subject to government approval, will provide connections to St. Maarten from New York’s John F. Kennedy, Boston’s Logan, Orlando International, and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airports.  Service to St. Maarten will be operated by JetBlue’s Embraer E190 aircraft.

Flights between San Juan and St. Maarten will go on sale soon, with service to begin November 17, 2011.   These flights will bring more options, while traveling throughout the Caribbean region.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sporting Events Bring Big Money To The Economy Of Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rican economy stands to gain about $28 million from various international sporting events on the island, according to the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), a state-run agency.
From 2010-2011 some 50 sporting events will be held in Puerto Rico that are expected to reap around $28 million in revenue for the island’s hospitality industry.  Sports are only part of the government strategy for attracting tourists to Puerto Rico, which annually welcomes 5 million visitors, with an annual increase of close to 6 percent.

The Puerto Rico Open at the Trump International Golf Club in Rio Grande is perhaps the most important event held annually on the island.  The event brings brings almost $ 5 million.  While it may be the highest profile sporting competition hosted by the island, the Puerto Rico Open is far from the only one.  Other sports events held in Puerto Rico:   Rip Curl Pro Search Championship, La Vuelta cycling event , Puerto Rico Bodyboarding Contest and The Central American Games.  Recent sports events held on the island: The Ironman 70.3 and The Corona Extra Pro Surf circuit.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Film Industry Good For The Economy In Puerto Rico

Movies, TV series and documentaries shot in Puerto Rico last year, brought in $70 million into the island economy.  There has been an increase in  European and U.S. productions, using the island to shoot big-budget Hollywood movies such as Fast Five, and Pirates of The Caribbean 4.

Filmmakers are lured to Puerto Rico by its scenery, skilled movie crews and generous tax credits.  It is expected the Puerto Rican film industry will leap to the next level, now that a new law with film incentives has been enacted.

Take a look at some behind the scenes of the filming of Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Puerto Rico:

Friday, April 8, 2011

Billionaire Richard Branson To Explore The Puerto Rico Trench

Billionaire adventurer Richard Branson announced on Tuesday, that he will explore the deepest parts of the ocean, in a single-person submarine.  The Virgin Atlantic Founder says, that over the next two years the solo craft will travel to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic's Puerto Rico Trench and South Sandwich Trench, the Diamantina Trench in the Indian Ocean and the Molloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean.

During the event, at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club in Newport Beach, California, Branson
unveiled the submarine, a nearly 18-foot long, white-and-blue airplane-like craft with  wings and a cockpit, that he said will be used to set new world records by exploring the five deepest parts of the world’s oceans.  The carbon fiber and titanium craft will be capable of cruising for about 6.2 miles, and can stay down unaided for 24 hours.  The sub and its accompanying catamaran cost an estimated $17 million.  Branson also said he plans to create a larger submarine that can hold more people and offer trips to tourists for a fee.

Branson’s fellow explorer, Chris Welsh, plans to make the first descent later this year to the Mariana Trench, which at 36,000 feet is deeper than Mount Everest is high. Branson then plans to explore the 28,000-foot-deep Puerto Rico Trench.  The Virgin Airlines founder said he will personally pilot the solo submarine to the bottom of the Puerto Rico Trench.  The Puerto Rico Trench is an oceanic trench located on the boundary between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Puerto Rico lies immediately to the south of the trench. The trench is 500 miles long and has a maximum depth of 28,232 feet , which is the deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean.  Branson said, they hope to set as many as 30 Guinness World Records with the dives.

Branson said, his so-called Virgin Oceanic expedition will have a scientific and educational purpose.  He hopes the voyages will help to educate the public about marine life and mankind’s impacts on the world’s oceans.

You can follow the deep ocean dives, they will be recorded and uploaded to Google Earth.

All the best to the Virgin Oceanic expedition, and safe travels to uncharted ocean depths!

Take a look at a video from the event:


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

British Airways Starts Flights In Puerto Rico

As Puerto Rico Is The Place had reported earlier, British Airways has started flights from San Juan to London's  Gatwick Airport.  British Airways will offer two weekly flights on a Boeing 777 aircraft.  A one million dollars incentive from the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, helped to attract British Airways.  The government of Puerto Rico wants to expand flights to the markets of the United States, Europe and Latin America.

This is a return for British Airways to the Puerto Rican market.  It has been ten years, since the airline had flights from Puerto Rico.  British Airways sees a lot of development in the Puerto Rican market, and is looking forward to great opportunities for British Airways in the island of Puerto Rico.

The current itinerary for British Airways has flights Monday and Friday in both directions, from San Juan to Antigua, and from Antigua to London.  There are no direct flights in the new route.