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The 12th International Tuna and Marlin Fishing Tournament in Banderas Bay will take place at the Vallarta Yacht Club in the Paradise Village Marina from July 26th through 28th. 

The fishing competition will begin on Friday, July 27, at 7:00 am with the opening ceremony, flag protocol and departures at the Paradise Village Marina. The second day of fishing will start at 12:01 am on Saturday, July 28.

Fishing teams with up to four members per boat can register online or in person at the Vallarta Yacht Club on Thursday, July 26, from 5-9 pm. The team registration fee is $10,000 pesos/boat. This year, the Sportfishing Club has defined four different categories: the two that give this competition its name and that offer the biggest prizes (Tuna and Marlin), and Dorado and Sailfish categories with special prizes. There is also an award for best crew.

Each day's catches will be received at the Paradise Village Marina pier from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Winners will be defined by the weight of the catch in each category. In case of a tie, judging will be based on the fish's size first, its length, and then its lineation. If the tie persists, the fish that was registered first will win. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Paradise Village Marina Amphitheater on July 28th at 6:30 pm. All tournament catches will be retained by the fishing club, who will donate the fish to a local non-profit organization for consumption. If a fisherman wants to mount their catch, the specimen's skin will be provided to them.

You can visit their official site here.

Source: Banderas News

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Riviera Nayarit will host the 6th World Meetings Forum 2018 (WMF 2018), a top event that will gather the best experts of the MICE industry (Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions), where information and trends about this important tourism industry will be shared.

During the days 17, 18 and 19 of July, experts and businesspeople of the MICE industry will gather at the Grand Vidanta Convention Center Nuevo Vallarta under the concept of Passion for Meetings, which speaks to the need for continual improvement within the MICE sector.

The 6th Worlds Meetings Forum Edition in Riviera Nayarit will have special speakers and experts such as Arik Staropolsky, Consultant of STA Consultores, specialized in tourism and meetings;  Daniel Palomo, Director of Global Sales at Visit Houston; Kenneth Ross, independent Research Consultant; as well as Verónica Velarde, Marketing Manager of Harley-Davidson México.

Furthermore, the 6th World Meetings Forum Riviera Nayarit offers a unique educational program, as well as and the successful Table Tops and Hosted Buyer program where suppliers and buyers have the chance to meet one on one to exchange information and needs.

For more information, reservations and registration, visit facebook.com/WorldMeetingsForum/and/or www.wmforum.org.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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The Pacific Alliance is a trade bloc that aims to become the largest in Latin America. It is composed of four countries: Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. 

From July 21 – 24, Puerto Vallarta will host the Pacific Alliance summit, an event that will be attended by current Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto and the virtual president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The latter confirmed attendance to the summit after a meeting with the head of state at the National Palace and after beating his opponents on this past Sunday’s elections, with 53 % of the votes.

The Pacific Alliance is an economic bloc created in 2011, after the Lima Declaration, when the then president of Peru, Alan García, encouraged his counterparts from México, Chile and Colombia consolidate and strengthen trade links. Peña Nieto and Obrador will gather with the leaders of the aforementioned nations to discuss economic and development policies.

The summit will also be attended by representatives of the countries that form the Mercosur (Southern Common Market): Argentina, Brasil, Uruguay and Paraguay.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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According to Wikipedia: the Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that a beach, marina or sustainable boating tourism operator meets its stringent standards. This year Palmares, Camarones, Playa de Oro, Garza Blanca, Sheraton, Amapas, Conchas Chinas I and Conchas Chinas 2 were recertified.

Upon receiving the Blue Flag re-certification of 8 beaches, Puerto Vallarta has become one of the tourist destinations with the largest number of beaches that enjoy this distinction, which were received on Thursday by the interim municipal president Rodolfo Domínguez Monroy, during the XIII National Meeting of Clean Beaches.

After the ceremony headed by federal authorities, the interim mayor celebrated the achievement of all the Vallartenses, because it is thanks to teamwork among the municipal government, private initiative, tourism service providers, citizens and other authorities, which continue to give good results to this city, giving it greater competitiveness compared to other beach destinations and guaranteeing the care and preservation of its natural resources and its environment.

Puerto Vallarta has a total of 8 beaches with Blue Flag recognition, some of them also with national certification, as well as 2 more beaches with the distinction of Sustainable Clean Beaches.

Source: Vallarta Daily

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The Municipality's Tourism Secretariat has reported Puerto Vallarta is estimated to have an 80% hotel occupancy for this summer season and bringing approximately 730 million pesos in economic income.

According to the numbers throughout this year and the tourist flow seen during 2017's summer season, hotel occupancy is expected  to fluctuate between 77.50% and 80%, couple with the number of hotel reservations already in place.

This report pointed out that the highest point of the summer season will be between  July 07th and August 20th, and according to occupancy estimations, the daily percentaje will reach up to 85% with some days seeing upwards of 90%, specially in July.

The Secretariat informs that both authorities and toursim related services are prepared to receive and attend the thousands of visitors that will arrive in Puerto Vallarta during the summer. There are also tourist info booths in several spots around the city and in some beaches, with properly trained staff to deal with any guidance visitors may need.

Original Source: Diario de Vallarta (Spanish)

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