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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)

Last modified on Monday, 28 January 2019 12:23

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The Vallarta Book Fair is now underway at the Plaza de Armas in Puerto Vallarta, this event will bring together more than 40 editorials presenting their most recent releases and with honor guest, writer and poet, Javier Sicilia in a literary evening.

Tourism goes hand in hand with art, culture and sports. Puerto Vallarta is an open museum where you can breathe art and culture while you stroll through the Malecon, plaza de armas, Hidalgo park, Lazaro Cardenas square and other zones in the city, said mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña, when he opened the fourth edition of the Vallarta Book Fair 2019 this past Thursday.

With his spouse by his side, Candelaria Tovar de Dávalos (DIF President); Marina de los Santos Álvarez, Director of the Vallarta Culture Institute (IVC); Osvaldo Juárez Ortega, president of Mecenas del Libro, A.C. Foundation and the current president of the Culture Commission, Luis Alberto Michel Rodríguez, the mayor reiterated these kinds of events must be supported and strengthened.

The fourth edition of this event is the result of the Mecenas del Libro A.C. Foundation and the IVC, whose president, Marina de los Santos, explained for 11 days more than 40 editorials presenting their most recent releases and thanked them for their trust in the project.

De los Santos noted the presence of writer and poet, Aguascalientes National Poetry Prize 2009, Javier Sicilia, who will head a literary evening next Tuesday, January 29 and 6:00 pm local time, and also pointed out the fair has wide Schedule of activities and is expecting to draw over 30 thousand people.

Source: Diario de Vallarta & Nayarit (Spanish)

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This year Punta Mita will be hosting key investors, entrepreneurs, and policymakers between Silicon Valley/US and Mexico/LatAm from February 10-12.

Each year, there’s a time when ‘tech’ is the talk of the town in Punta Mita, and it’s coming up soon: The MITA TechTalks unites thought leaders from Silicon Valley, Mexico, and LatAm, in a setting known to inspire exceptional networking. This curated group of investors, corporations with venture initiatives, and startups with international ambitions join together in sessions, workshops, and social events to share ideas and make new connections. Year after year, relationships are formed and deals get done at MITA TechTalks.

This year from February 10-12, once again Punta Mita will be the amazing venue hosting key investors, entrepreneurs, and policymakers between Silicon Valley/US and Mexico/LatAm in conversations about the rapidly-growing tech innovation taking place today in Mexico and Latin America. Definitely a unique setting known for inspiring innovation and deal-making. With sessions held in a beach-side setting, it’s considered the ‘must-attend’ tech event in Mexico, and it *always* takes place in Punta Mita — organizers tell us it’s the key to its success!

Be a part of this game-changing event: request an invite now!

For more information about MITA TechTalks, complete list of speakers and agenda please visit mitatechtalks.com

Source: Live Punta Mita

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The concerts will be held January 31 at Jardín Montenegro Restaurant in Nuevo Vallarta (Boulevard Nuevo Vallarta 220) and February 2 at Centro Cultural Isla Cuale in Puerto Vallarta.

World-class cellist Donald Moline will perform in Puerto Vallarta two dates only, assisted by the outstanding local musicians Jean-Guy Comeau (piano), Daniel Oliveros (clarinet) and Klaus Liebetanz (flute). The concerts will be held January 31 at Jardín Montenegro Restaurant in Nuevo Vallarta (Boulevard Nuevo Vallarta 220) and February 2 at Centro Cultural Isla Cuale in Puerto Vallarta. The proceeds of these two events will go to the Puerto Vallarta’s Institute of Musical Arts (IAMPV by its acronym in Spanish), a non-profit organization that provides musical education for students in Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding area, as well as serves as an umbrella organization for the Puerto Vallarta Chamber Orchestra and the Salty Paws Jazz Orchestra.

Donald Moline was cellist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 39 years and established a distinguished orchestral, chamber music, solo and recording career. Jean-Guy Comeau holds degrees in pedagogy, voice and piano and splits his working time between Puerto Vallarta and Montreal.

John Henry Kreitler, a 10-time Emmy-award winning composer of concert, film/television and theater music, has composed, especially for this event, Sonidos de Vallarta, a 4-part suite for cello, flute and clarinet. Other works to be performed are by Duport, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, Granados and Piazzolla.

Tickets for the two dates are priced at $1,200 MXN and available for purchase at www.iampv.org. Both evenings will begin with drinks and appetizers at 6:00pm, followed by the concerts at 7:00pm. During the first hour, there will be performances by IAMPV students. For more information, call (322) 131-8800 or visit IAMPV Facebook page.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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What was once a tiny homegrown music festival in a resident's backyard, the San Pancho Music Festival has now grown to become one of the premiere music events in the region! Now in its 19th year, the Festival continues to be free to the public through the generosity of the artists, volunteers, donations from the public, and a few friends of the festival. With two stages the festival is able to switch between groups so that there is a minimal amount of waiting time between acts, compared to most other music festival formats.

As in past years, the Festival not only features many of the talented performers from our region, but it also includes artists from Mexico, the United States, Canada, and Latin America. With the variety of performers onboard for this year, we are confident that there will be something for everyone.

The Festival always takes place the last weekend in February. This year those dates are Friday, Feb 22rd, Saturday, Feb 23th, and Sunday, Feb. 24th. The music starts at 5pm and goes until 11pm each night. A schedule of acts performing each night will soon be published on the festival website as well as on our Facebook page.  Please visit the website for more details on the performers, and their performance times.

The Festival is held in the Plaza del Sol, across from the church in San Pancho. There will be excellent food vendors on site, alcohol and non-alcohol beverage options, as well as a selection of arts and crafts to peruse. Some chairs are available, but they are first come first serve, so it is advisable to bring your own chairs in order to settle in for a night of great music and fun!

We hope to see you there!

Source: San Pancho Music Festival Press Release

Last modified on Monday, 21 January 2019 07:37