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TOURISM TO PUERTO RICO MOSTLY UNAFFECTED BY SAN JUAN OIL SPILL

 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Five days after an oil spill off the coast of San Juan's Condado tourist area, tourism to the island has not been greatly affected.
 Luis G. Fortuno, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, said he was relieved that the oil spill had been contained and that visitor cancellations had been limited.
 "The spill has only affected a small portion of the beach in the immediate area of the Caribe Hilton, Radisson Normandie, Condado Plaza, the Regency, Condado Beach and La Concha hotels," Mr. Fortuno said.
 "The beach at the Condado Plaza has already been cleaned and the beaches at the Condado Beach and La Concha hotels have been barely touched," he said.
 Guests at hotels affected by the spill are being transported to unaffected beaches in the area. All others hotels are totally unaffected by the spill.
 Beaches fronting hotels and guest houses from Ocean Park to Isla Verde, approximately 2.5 miles east of the spill, are safe for swimming and were crowded with both locals and visitors this weekend.
 Hotels in other parts of the island continue experiencing one of the best seasons in Puerto Rico's tourism history. The Hyatt Dorado Beach and Hyatt Regency Cerromar report a 95 percent occupancy rate. Palmas del Mar, an all-inclusive resort in Humacao, on the southeastern part of the island, reports a 100 percent occupancy rate. Other unaffected hotels such as the Ponce Hilton and El Conquistador continue having a very strong season.
 The U.S. Coast Guard, which has been leading the operations with a team of 260 workers, has successfully transferred most of the remaining fuel from the stricken tank barge to the B.G.I. Trader.
 The Coast Guard has also trained 200 employees of Puerto Rico's Department of Transportation and Public Works to assist with the clean-up of the area's less-affected beaches.
 Commander Bob Ross, who heads the Marine Safety Office of the U.S. Coast Guard, commended this assistance. "I have the best equipment available out there and the level of support I have received from all agencies is unbelievable," he said.
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