Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 25 and running through Feb. 8, enter the “Sunshine to Spare Sweepstakes” to win a trip for two to Puerto Rico complete with roundtrip airfare courtesy of JetBlue and a 3-night stay at the beautiful Hyatt Grand Reserve Puerto Rico. The trip can be redeemed for travel to plan a vacation within the next year.
“Take National Plan Vacation Day as a friendly reminder to not leave vacation days on the table this year. When you’re ready to take your next vacation, keep in mind that Puerto Rico is the perfect destination to trade-in the cold winter months and lack of sunlight for a warm getaway with plenty of vibrant sunshine,” said Leah Chandler, Chief Marketing Officer of Discover Puerto Rico. “We encourage travelers to get outside and explore the Island’s unique offerings under the Puerto Rican sun, whether that’s a day at the beach, walking through the streets of historic Old San Juan, or hiking in El Yunque, the only rainforest in the U.S. Forest Service.”
The sweepstakes comes on the heels of the Island’s Sunshine to Spare partnership with the Pantone Color Institute to create a first-of-its-kind color inspired by the hue of Puerto Rican sunlight. The resulting color, “Puerto Rico Sunshine,” created by Pantone, was developed based on the findings of Puerto Rican physicist and professor at the University of Puerto Rico Hector J. Jimenez, Ph.D. Conducting scientific calculations that used the sun’s temperature and modeled atmospheric filters at four select points on the island, as well as factoring in the known sensitivities of the human eye, Dr. Jimenez was able to calculate the RGB values of both the sunrise and sunset on a typical January day in Puerto Rico.
Sunshine in a Can
Experience this warm and energizing color with limited-edition Puerto Rico Sunshine from ECOS Paints, a leading manufacturer of non-toxic, VOC-free paint made with sustainable ingredients. The paints are handcrafted in small batches and tinted to order by their manufacturing and production team based in South Carolina, and available to order from every state in the U.S.
Fun Fact: Sunshine has been proven to increase the release of the “happy hormone,” serotonin. Brightly painted walls have also been shown to boost energy levels and spark creativity.
About Discover Puerto Rico:
Discover Puerto Rico is a newly established private, not-for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) whose mission is to make Puerto Rico visible to the world as a premier travel destination. The DMO brings prosperity to the people of Puerto Rico by collaboratively promoting the Island’s diversity and uniqueness for leisure and business travel, and events. It is responsible for all global marketing, sales, and promotion of the destination and works collaboratively with key local governmental and non-governmental players throughout Puerto Rico’s visitor economy and the community at large, to empower economic growth. To discover all the beauty the Island has to offer, visit DiscoverPuertoRico.com.
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Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is a speaker at the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas Travel and Adventure Shows for 2023. Her podcast, “Make Your Own Map,” has been watched in more than 11 countries on 4 continents. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster.
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As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries.
For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.
Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals
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National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards
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2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver”
2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art
Southern California Journalism Awards
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2021 Winner: Technology Reporting
2021 Finalist: Book Criticism
2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt”
2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature
2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway”
2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile
2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”
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