14/11/2017 – News / Puerto Rico / Bacardi / Casa Bacardi
Bacardi raises a glass to Puerto Rico's triumph over adversity
The world's largest premium rum distillery is leading the charge in recovery and rebuilding of Puerto Rico, having reopened Casa BACARDÍ visitor centre – one of the country's top tourist attractions, which sustained damage during the recent Hurricane Maria.
The landscaping is showing signs of recovery and the views of the El Morro Fort and San Juan Bay are as spectacular as ever, said Wesley Cullen, General Manager of the visitor centre. “Tourism is an essential industry for Puerto Rico. As the island rebuilds, we look forward to welcoming visitors with warm hospitality, cold cocktails, and stories of overcoming adversity, innovation, perseverance and celebration,” she enthused. “We are here to support the industry and are very happy to reopen Casa BACARDÍ for tourists and locals.”
Ongoing commitment to the community
Casa BACARDÍ Puerto Rico has been welcoming visitors since 1961. During the weeks that followed Hurricane Maria, the visitor centre was temporarily closed as its staff remained focused on providing relief to the community as part of the 'Bacardi Contigo' (Bacardi is With You) initiative.
As part of the Bacardi ongoing commitment to Puerto Rico relief and rebuilding efforts, $5 from each tour admission will be donated to relief organisations, through to the end of the year.
Casa BACARDÍ welcomes guests to enjoy the beautiful, waterfront property and select from three tours – an 'Historical' tour, a 'Rum Tasting' tour and a 'Mixology' – the latter offering the opportunity to master the mojito. In the retail shop, visitors enjoy the very popular 'Self-Fill Experience', where guests can fill, seal and label their own bottle of special rum, exclusively available at Casa BACARDÍ, directly from the barrel.
Family-owned Bacardi Limited is the largest privately held spirits company in the world. The current facility in Puerto Rico was built in 1958 on 127 acres in the town of Cataño. The rum production facility is the largest premium rum distillery in the world, and one of 29 Bacardi manufacturing facilities globally.
Since 1961, Bacardi has operated the state-of-the-art Casa Bacardí Visitor Center, the second most-frequented attraction in metro San Juan, drawing nearly 200,000 visitors a year to learn about the rich history of the Bacardi family and brand, as well as its unique production.