Puerto Vallarta is open for business following Hurricane Nora’s effects

Hurricane Nora, Puerto Vallarta 2021 Hurricane Nora, with its furious wind and rain, plowed through the coast of Mexico in late last month, devastating six states. On August 28th, it hammered Jalisco State, while being a Category 1 hurricane, and went on to Nayarit and Sinaloa before finally being drained. Just a week ago, a natural disaster shook the country, but Puerto Vallarta has already made moves to get the city back to normal, and travelers can expect the show to go on as planned at the destination. "Following the passage of Hurricane Nora, state and municipal authorities, the National Guard, Civil Protection and other organizations are working collectively to assist in cleanup, restoration and community support efforts in the deltas of the Rio Cuale and Rio Pitillal affected by the storm," read a statement from the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. "Puerto Vallarta's airport, hotel industry and tour companies are operating normally," the statement continued. Read more: Travel Weekly

Puerto Vallarta Adds New Flight to Texas

Puerto Vallarta will have a new connection to McAllen, Texas, starting on June 10th, with Aeromar adding a new route available three days per week. Located in the county of Hidalgo, Texas, McAllen city borders Reynosa, Tamaulipas and has a population of 140,000 inhabitants. There are numerous multinational companies that boost its economy, as well as thousands of Mexicans who each year go shopping or arrive at the McAllen-Miller airport. From McAllen to Puerto Vallarta the schedule is Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:00am and Thursdays at 9:00am. From PVR to MFE the schedule is Tuesdays at 3:10pm and Thursdays and Saturdays at 2:10pm. This flight gives the Vallarta · Nayarit inhabitants the opportunity to visit this border city famous for its shopping centers, outlets and businesses in general. Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

Puerto Vallarta Leading Tourism Recovery

Currently, Puerto Vallarta is the national leader in economic reactivation and among the top beach destinations with the highest tourism recovery in Mexico. According to Luis Villaseñor, interim director of the Public Trust for the Promotion and Advertising of Puerto Vallarta, we are also expected to go over 60% hotel occupancy during the summer. Villaseñor pointed out the average hotel occupancy during April was 55.8% and starting in May, and during the second half of the year, a higher number is expected thanks to, among other factors, the increasing vaccinations in the United States and Canada, as well as the resuming of congresses, conventions, and sporting events. According to Villaseñor, with the Covid-19 vaccine application in the United States rapidly progressing, Puerto Vallarta (the main tourist destination in Jalisco) has seen an increase in the arrival of tourists from the US. Luis Villaseñor added that, because Vallarta is economically dependent on tourist activity, it was among the first municipalities in Jalisco to receive the initial vaccine doses back in February, and was also one of the first to be certified by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Source: El Economista (Spanish)

OPC Celebrates Seventh Anniversary

Today, May 28th, the OPC (Oficina de Proyectos Culturales) is celebrating its seventh anniversary of contributions to Vallarta’s cultural development. Founded in 2014, OPC is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to hosting world-class contemporary art exhibitions, as well as different cultural events. Its first exhibition was “Paraíso en Proceso” (“Paradise in Process”), by artist Davis Birks. Since then, more than 25 exhibitions have been carried out and many of them have been taken to other museums in Mexico and United States. In addition, it maintains a free program of art workshops for children and cultural events such as poetry readings, concerts, film screenings and workshops, as well as lectures by artists, curators, architects, writers, and personalities from the art world. The main event of this celebration will take place, precisely, on May 28th, 2021 at 7:00pm with an anniversary party in its garden. Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

Royal Caribbean Will Return to Puerto Vallarta

Cruise line Royal Caribbean recently announced that they will begin offering Mexico cruises starting on 2022 after moving back to the west coast later this year. The cruises will vary in length, featuring three- and four-night cruises with calls on Ensenada and Catalina Island; five-night cruises visiting Cabo San Lucas; and seven-night sailings with calls in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. This will be the first time the cruise line has based a ship in California since 2011, when Pacific cruises were canceled due to violence in Mexico. “California was calling us home once again, and what better way to reintroduce Royal Caribbean than to bring our next-level cruise vacations to the City of Angels and make it a year-round adventure starting just in time for summer,” Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said in a statement. Source: Vallarta Daily

New Route Announced From Las Vegas to Vallarta-Nayarit

Frontier Airlines, an American ultra-low-cost carrier, has announced a new route from Las Vegas to Vallarta-Nayarit, it will begin operating on March 25 with two weekly flights. The new flights to this corner of the Mexican Pacific provide a greater boost to the tourist vocation of both Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Related to this, Frontier Airlines recently announced that it is expanding its footprint in Mexico with a new route to Vallarta · Nayarit from Las Vegas, which will operate twice a week starting on March 25th, 2021. “We’re very excited to open more flights,” said Daniel Shurz, senior vice president of commercial operations for Frontier Airlines. “Our airline has become one of the favorites for its robust flight schedule and ultra-competitive fares, so we look forward that this new international route will be a successful bridge to boost the tourism industry in both destinations.” Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

Flights to Vallarta-Nayarit Increase During March

Passenger Airplane at Puerto Vallarta's International Airport International Airport ‘Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz’ has so far registered 359 weekly arrivals and a projection of over 1,400 arrivals for the entire month of March, an increase of 19% over the previous month. According to data provided by GAP (Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico), despite Canada’s flights to the region being cancelled since January 31st, connectivity between Mexico and the US continues to strengthen, with an increase of 19% in the number of departures and arrivals over the month of February. Airline Frontier will restart operations this month, with two weekly frequencies coming from Denver. American will increase frequencies to over 71 flights per week for its Phoenix, Los Angeles and Chicago routes. United is adding 28 flights and Southwest is restarting flights from Denver and Santa Ana. All international airlines with routes programmed for the month are Alaska, American, Delta, Southwest, United, Sun Country and Frontier. While national airlines flying to the region are Aeromar, T.A.R., Magnicharter, Aeromexico, Aerolitoral, Volaris, and Viva Aerobus. Overall, international flights for the month are coming from Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, San Jose, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Houston, Denver, Santa Ana, and Newark. Source: AZ Noticias (Spanish)

Puerto Vallarta’s Raicilla Receives Gold Medal

The “Hacienda El Divisadero” raicilla was awarded the Gold Medal at the Top World Spirit Awards 2021, which took place last month in Paris, France. The jury was made up of 16 members, including renowed taster Christophe Guitard, and sommeliers Myriam Huet and Mona Khalife, rated over a dozen brands of distilled and spirits, granting Jorge Luis Carbajal’s ‘Hacienda El Divisadero’ the Gold Medal. Hacienda El Divisadero, founded in 1999 by Florentino Carbajal y Juana Díaz, Jorge’s parents, restores the artesanal process of raicilla making from the jima up until it is the distilled. The Hacienda produces approximately 1,500 litres of high quality raicilla every year. Raicilla is a distilled spirit from the Western part of the State of Jalisco in Mexico. It’s one of the lesser-known alcoholic beverages made in Mexico, but might actually be the older brother of the world-famous Tequila. The name means small root (Raicilla) and is actually distilled from the fermented juices of a maguey plant or agave. There are more than 200 species of these plants, in the case of Tequila you can only use one, the blue agave, for Mezcal you can use one of 14 species and for Raicilla, two species are used, the so-called, lechuguilla agaves, “pata de mula” (mule foot), or “agaves raicilleros” of the species (Agave inaequidens) and (Agave maximiliana). Read more about raicilla HERE. Source: Excelencias Gourmet (Spanish)

Vallarta-Nayarit Recognized by Guia Mexico Gastronomico 2021

The fine cuisine of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit has been recognized once again Mexico’s Gastronomic Guide (Guía México Gastronómico) thanks to the inclusion of 9 restaurants in their 2021 edition. The restaurants are: Café des Artistes, Carolina, El Delfín, ICÚ · Cocina de México, Jardín Nebulosa, La Leche Almacén Gourmet, Tintoque, Trio · Mediterranean Cuisine and Tuna Blanca. Since 2016, Culinaria Mexicana (an editorial and gastronomic publishing company), through this guide, has awarded the 120 best restaurants in Mexico. However, this year in a virtual gala presented by Claudio Poblete, editor of the publication, 278 restaurants were named, recognizing the great effort they are making as a result of COVID-19. Keep in mind this is not a ranking, but a list for foodies. The voters’ editorial board takes into account the quality in service and food preparation, as well as the continuity of the restaurant’s gastronomic project, a clear concept for they diners and the vision of transcending gastronomic fashions. Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

Vallarta Recognized as ‘Veggie’ City

Puerto Vallarta was recently recognized by popular vacation rental search engine Holidu as a veggie city, thanks to being home to many restaurants focused on offering vegan and vegetarian cuisine to their guests. The ranking reveals the cities in the country with the highest proportion of bars and restaurants offering a vegan or vegetarian menu per inhabitant. This list places Puerto Vallarta in the second position. Some of these restaurants are Salud Super Food, Barra Light, Planeta Vegetariano, Veggitalia, The Green Place and Playa Detox, just to mention a few, which offer a great diversity of menus with a vegetarian diet, gluten-free foods, organic products from the region, as well as other options tailored to each person. The report mentions that Puerto Vallarta has 20.7 veggie restaurants for every 100,000 inhabitants. Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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