Puerto Vallarta Tourism Recovering

Puerto Vallarta Reports 8% Increase in First Semester Arrivals

790,102 tourist arrivals during the first half of 2013, an 8.46% increase compared to 2012 figures
Puerto Vallarta Malecon
Puerto Vallarta Malecon

Mexico Tourism Board Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism has reported that Puerto Vallarta had 1,129,649 hotel room occupancy in the months of January to May 2013, this figure is 11,115 rooms more than the same time period in 2012; the months of June and July have had an average occupancy rate of 1.8 above last year. It also reported 790,102 tourist arrivals during the first half of 2013, an 8.46% increase compared to 2012 figures. Based on a successful first half of the year and ambitious promotional campaign dedicated to local and foreign markets, Puerto Vallarta projects an 80% hotel occupancy rates and an estimated $78 million USD out pour into the local economy during the rest of this year’s Summer season.

Puerto Vallarta is increasingly becoming more accessible for travelers as improvements continue to be made to the destination’s access points and infrastructure. The destination has heavily invested in renovations to sea ports as well as the addition of new flight frequencies and routes.

Delta Air Lines began servicing 9 daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta in June with a total capacity for 150 passengers each. In the Fall, new flights will also start with Aeromexico from New York’s JFK as well from other cities like Philadelphia and St. Louis. In addition, beginning in May 2014, TUI will offer two weekly flights from Great Britain projected to bring 12,000 passengers during the summer season.

Further changes in infrastructure include the addition of 3 new hotels totaling more than 110 MMD investment by the end of 2013. Although no opening dates have been announced, construction has started on two hotels in the Marina Zone of the city. The completely new Hotel One, with 125 rooms, and a Holiday Inn Express, with 115 rooms, will be located five minutes away from Puerto Vallarta’s International Airport (PVR) and will target meetings and conventions visitors to the city. The hotel zone of Puerto Vallarta will also have a new AM Resorts property with 450 rooms; a Best Western opened earlier this year when the brand took over what used to be the Presidente Intercontinental. New properties have continuously opened in Puerto Vallarta, in the past three years 7,432 rooms were added to the destination.

Puerto Vallarta's natural beauty, exquisite gastronomy, superb service and people’s warmth are highlighted on the national campaign “Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s most authentic port” through niche media and digital platforms. Puerto Vallarta’s prime location, nestled between the Bay of Banderas, one of the world’s largest bays, and the lush Sierra Madre Mountains, offers a magical and unique Mexican setting where travelers can experience the destination’s world class infrastructure, attractions and services.

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