We choose destinations based on myriad factors, but the single most important aspect in selecting a destination for our events is the destination’s embrace of the LGBT+ community. Puerto Rico is unique in the Caribbean — it has broader protections and rights than most of its neighbors and is home to a vibrant LGBT+ community. Discover Puerto Rico was one of the first in the world to provide LGBT+ training to their hotels and other tourism partners.
Boycotts can be an effective tool for change, there’s no doubt about it, but they often hurt the local LGBT+ community, who are disproportionately represented in tourism and hospitality jobs, and can face a backlash from their employers and colleagues who see the boycott as threatening their livelihoods.
From the discussions we’ve had with the community in Puerto Rico, a boycott isn’t the best way to help them. Instead, we are deepening our engagement with locals and standing strongly by their side.
Above all, at VACAYA we believe in the extraordinary power in bringing people together. When we come together in celebration of our diversity and common humanity, we make change happen. As you will see in our statement to the Puerto Rican legislature, we’re very clear in our response to the Civil Code and our support of the LGBT+ community. And we’re educating and bringing along our tourism partners to stand up for the LGBTQIAPK community, too. We’re so grateful for the opportunity to do that, and for your support in making it happen.