The World Travel & Tourism Council’s global summit has been switched away from Puerto Rico to Cancun in Mexico.

The annual event was due to be stage in April but has been moved following a series of earthquakes struck the island between December 28 and January 7.

The WTTC plans to organise an alternative event in San Juan, Puerto Rico, later this year.

President and chief executive Gloria Guevara said: “WTTC remains strongly committed to supporting Puerto Rico’s amazing comeback story as seen in their record-breaking year in tourism last year.

“Although the island was ready to welcome us with open arms this April, despite the recent seismic activity in the southern region, re-allocating resources to continue this great momentum is the right thing to do in order to further boost tourism.

“We are looking forward to hosting an event in Puerto Rico later this year.”

She added: “This switch to Cancun will enable us to host a global summit focused on the opportunities and challenges facing our sector in 2020 and beyond, which will help to grow tourism further.

“The 20th global summit will benefit and showcase not only Mexico, but the wider regions of the US, Latin America and the Caribbean.”

The summit will be held on April 21-23 with dates for the WTTC event in Puerto Rico to be announced in the near future.