2019 represents great challenges and opportunities for the tourism sector in Puerto Vallarta, as it looks to maintain the touristic bonanza and also a constant flow of new jobs in the region.
Preliminary reports from the Secretariat of Tourism’s Datatur system indicate that 2018 closed with a hotel occupancy of 71.86% in the 12,864 registered rooms (357 over the 12,507 in 2017). At the same time the GAP (Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico) reports last year closed with 4,760,000 air transport passengers, with 66% being from international flights and 34% from national flights in 53 routes -41 international and 12 domestic-.
This year the new “Magic Port” terminal Will be finished, with a Tequila Ranch image it will offer a unique experience to the passengers; in a similar note, the International Airport’s expansion project is expected to be defined soon offering bigger and more comfortable spaces for travelers.
As we previously reported, Swoop Airlines landed their first direct flight from Canada to PV on January 08, and the Copa Airlines direct flight from Panama City – Puerto Vallarta that started this past December has been extremely successful in connecting Vallarta to the Caribbean, Central and South America, showing a great interest in our Mexican pacific destination.
Also, the hotel sector keeps growing and improving to meet the standards of the most demanding tourists, with projects Grand Park Royal and Garza Blanca Sur in in the South Zone of PV.
Last week, Swoop celebrated its first of four inaugural flights to Mexico. Flight WO660 departed John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) on Tuesday January 8, at 8:00 a.m. EST and arrived at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) at 12:28 p.m. CST.
This is the first time an airline has offered service to Puerto Vallarta from the Hamilton International Airport. Travelers can also enjoy flights from Hamilton to Cancun beginning January 14, 2019 and Abbotsford to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán beginning January 12, 2019 and January 20, 2019, respectively.
The Puerto Vallarta International Airport and tourism partners are welcoming the arrival of the first Swoop aircraft and its travellers with a water arch, refreshments, gift bags and a lively mariachi band.
“Today’s inaugural flight on Swoop from Hamilton to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is an exciting one for the Airport and our customers,” said Cathie Puckering, President & CEO, John C. Munro HamiltonInternational Airport. “Puerto Vallarta is a brand-new destination offered for the first time from Hamilton and is a popular destination for Canadian and U.S. customers heading south to escape the cold winter weather. Hamilton is proud to fulfil this demand and see its list of sun destinations continue to grow in 2019.”
“Puerto Vallarta’s airport has been enjoying a continual increase in flights in the past two seasons and these new flights are a sign on the continuous interest in Puerto Vallarta’s tourism offerings,” said Javier Aranda Pedrero, General Director, Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. “Our guests will find that Puerto Vallarta can offer an exceptional warm and sunny vacation at every budget.”
Check out our Airlines, Flights and Routes section for more infor on direct flights to PV!
Source: Corporate Meetings Network
The PV Garden Club invites everyone to attend this party to support continued beautification of Puerto Vallarta at Oscar's Restaurant on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
The PV Garden Club is delighted to announce the 6th Annual Puerto Vallarta Garden Club party in celebration of our continued efforts to beautify our city. You won't want to miss this spectacular event, scheduled to be held at the beautiful Oscar's Restaurant on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
Each year, many guests dress in the annual gala color and this year will be no exception; orange, red, peach, yellow, vibrant pink... all of the many colors found in Puerto Vallarta's world-famous sunsets.
The evening will begin at 6:30 pm with a festive wine and margarita reception to complement our silent auction. At 8:00 pm, doors will open to a gorgeous dining room designed by Nicholas Pinney, where you'll enjoy a delicious a three-course dinner and the beautiful sounds of Amy Armstrong and Piel Canela.
Tickets cost $2000 pesos (approx. $100 USD) per person. You can order yours by emailing Cole Martelli at colemartelli(at)yahoo.com, online via PayPal at the Vallarta Garden Club website. If you would like to pay by cash, you can either make arrangements with Cole for collection or purchase tickets at Cassandra Shaw Jewelry, Basilio Badillo 276, on Vallarta's south side.
Source: Banderas News
It's time for the annual "Subasta de Arte" to raise funds for the Puerto Vallarta Public Library, Biblioteca Los Mangos. The event is scheduled to take place on Thursday, January 24 from 6-10 pm.
The Annual Subasta y Venta de Arte (art auction and sale) is the biggest fund raising event for Los Mangos which, since its inauguration in 1996, has been a valuable community resource, providing free access to information, extracurricular education, artistic initiation & creation, the strengthening of community dialogue and countless social and civic initiatives.
Scheduled to take place on Thursday, January 24 from 6-10 pm, this 19th annual event presents a unique opportunity for renowned artists, young creators, art lovers, and friends of the Library to come together for a single cause: to raise the funds that make it possible for Los Mangos to continue its mission of encouraging learning, culture and arts in the community, which has been its sole purpose for the last 22 years.
The Subasta is vast with numerous paintings to be auctioned off, and the silent auction and art sale give everyone a chance to bid on all kinds of great items - from hotel stays and spa treatments to fine dining certificates and more - all at a good price and for a good cause.
Make plans now to attend the 2019 Subasta de Arte on January 24th. Admittance is free, but please keep in mind that if you make a purchase or a donation, you will be contributing to a non-profit community organization that brings Value, Inspiration, Training and Opportunities to people of all ages, social conditions and nationalities, in the greater Banderas Bay area.
Source: Banderas News
The holiday numbers, meaning from Dec. 14 to Dec. 31, 2018, are higher than their 2017 counterparts; during the last week of the year hotel occupancy was over 90%.
Riviera Nayarit’s hotel industry is closing one of their best holiday periods on record. The region recorded an average of 88% of hotel occupancy for the Dec. 14 – Jan. 1 period and an economic income close to $10 million.
Based on numbers provided by the OVC (Riviera Nayarit’s Visitors and Conventions Office), we can already tell this past year represented a growth in Occupancy, Tourist Flow and Economic Impact, reaching an average of 86% occupancy for the year.
The highest point of the season as New Year’s Eve, with 96.65%, which means 31,348 people staying in 12,057 rooms out of the 12,475 total rooms registered in the Banderas Bay Hotel Association.
The economic impact in the region is also growing to over $10 million, from $9.2 million in 2017.
Source: Diario de Vallarta & Nayarit (Spanish)