Puerto Vallarta’s terminal is scheduled to receive 170 international cruise ships this year, up from the 138 ships that arrived at our shores in 2018.
The average expenditure from international cruise ship tourism arriving in Puerto Vallarta recently grew from $98 to $120 per tourist during their stay between 8 and 12 hours in the city.
A recent poll by the API (Integral Port Administration) revealed that tourists increased their expenditure. According to the API Vallarta, out of the big cruise ships 85% to 90% passengers disembark, and once on land they spend in tourist services, shops, transport and crafts, among many others.
This means disembarking passengers have started spending more money in the city, which increases the economic potential of businesses, shops and other services offered in the Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit region.
The businesses seeing the biggest benefit are those focused on tours, whether it’s on local ships touring the beaches of the area or terrestrial vehicles visiting natural sanctuaries and the mountain range, also taxi services and even public transportation once visitors go downtown.
Source: Vallarta Opina (Spanish)