Hamilton Star On Hand as Puerto Rico, New York City Enter Tourism Partnership

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Lin-Manuel Miranda: Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks during a press conference to announce a new tourism-related partnership between New York City and Puerto Rico. (Photo by Joe Pike)

“Hamilton: An American Musical” star Lin-Manuel Miranda was the host for a press conference Tuesday to announce a new partnership between destination marketing organizations in New York City and Puerto Rico.

And TravelPulse was in the room where it happened.

“[Puerto Rico needs] your money, your visit, your support,” said Miranda at the event held at El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan. “Nothing is better for your soul than visiting Puerto Rico.”

NYC & Company signed a first-ever partnership with Discover Puerto Rico to boost tourism between the two destinations. The new, one-year alliance includes a collaboration agreement between Puerto Rico and New York City, the exchange of marketing assets to boost reciprocal travel, the sharing of best practices in tourism marketing and continued support of Puerto Rico’s successful recovery following Hurricane Maria.

Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico, said since both New York City and Puerto Rico have gone through “unimaginable” events in the past, an apparent reference to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the partnership just made sense.

“We are showing the bond of resilience,” said Dean. “New York understands what it is like to go through something unimaginable. Both destinations have gone through unimaginable circumstances and came out bright and ready to shine.”

So, what is the connection to the Tony Award winner?

Miranda, whose parents are from Puerto Rico, will reprise his role as Alexander Hamilton for a three-week run of the Broadway smash hit play in Puerto Rico. “Hamilton: An American Musical” will run in Puerto Rico from January 8 – 27 at Teatro UPR, located at the heart of the University of Puerto Rico’s main campus in San Juan.

“Hamilton will be great, but that will be for three weeks,” said Miranda. “The relationship between Puerto Rico and New York will be a much longer relationship.”

New York City campaign advertisements will be featured on select billboards throughout San Juan for three months, beginning November 19. Puerto Rico advertisements will appear at bus stops and LinkNYC screens across New York City’s five boroughs from Nov. 19 to January 13.

“Puerto Rico and New York City have so much in common,” said Charles Flateman, board vice chairman of NYC & Company. “Both destinations are rich in design, cuisine and so much more. We wanted to stand together to promote tourism for some time and what better time than today? Puerto Rico is open for business and ready to welcome all.”

The city-island partnership includes a swap of marketing and advertising assets, valued at roughly $300,800.

Flateman said the official tagline for the partnership is, “Famous Original, New York City. Always Here for you,” or “Famous Original, New York City. Siempre Aqui para ti!”

“This story does not end with Maria,” said Dean.

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