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Puerto Vallarta is looking towards a satisfactory summer season, local government is expecting hotel occupancy to average 75% with over fifty thousand rooms rented, including rented homes and apartments.

This is what Javier Aranda Pedrero, Director of Puerto Vallarta’s Tourism Trust had to say about the upcoming summer, even when it has been a slow summer up until now.

He also pointed out Puerto Vallarta is very well positioned thanks to all the work promoting the destination, “We’ve been working very close with the industry, and everything points towards a very satisfactory summer.”

The director explained around fourteen thousand rooms will be occupied by tourists exclusively in Puerto Vallarta hotels, including rented houses and apartments plus the Riviera Nayarit, the number goes up to fifty thousand.

Source: AZ Noticias (Spanish)

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River Café will offer a special four course menu for this summer, starting on June 11 and until July 31, with dishes featuring two favorites of the local gastronomy: garlic and mango.

Delight your senses through the aromas and flavors that stand out in the River Café four course menu, which offers two options of appetizers, as well as three main dishes and two desserts to choose from.

Amuse Bouche

Garlic comfit with mango chutney and bell pepper served with one plain crostini.

Appetizer

  • Quinoa Salad

Avocado and grilled peach with mango and cilantro vinaigrette.

  • Double Garlic cream soup

With potato and chipotle aioli.

 Main Course

  • Surf and Turf Brochettes

Beef fillet and shrimp brochettes, vegetables, mashed potato and garlic butter.

  • Garlic Penne Pasta

Roasted garlic, pancetta and green peas with creamy garlic sauce.

  • Grilled Chicken Breast

Over vegetable quinoa toped with mango-mint marmalade.

Dessert

  • Brandy Glazed Fresh Mango

Over vanilla ice cream.

  • Mango and Coconut Mousse

The price is $500 pesos per person, for reservations call (322)223 0788 or visit the website.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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Starting in June, and till December, you'll be able to release a baby turtle, who will return to one of our beaches to lay its eggs upon reaching adulthood.

In Puerto Vallarta the course of nature experiences the most wonderful event of life, that will remain in your memory for the rest of your days.

Several hotels in Puerto Vallarta participate in this type of programs, taking care and supporting the reproductive cycle of these marvelous species, together with the CeMBAB.

For more information please call the specialists at CEMBAL, who will guide you in regards of times and places to release turtles.

Note: Turtle releasing depends on weather conditions. Please take your precautions.

Source: Visit Puerto Vallarta

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More than 597 thousand international passengers arrived that the Puerto Vallarta International Airport Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz during the first quarter of 2019, making the airport the third busiest in the country, being surpassed only by Mexico City and Cancun.

According to the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur), passenger traffic at the Puerto Vallarta airport was only surpassed by Mexico City and Cancun. After being ranked as the country's fourth busiest airport for four years, international arrivals to PVR are on the rise, as evidenced by the 2.6% increase in foreign visitors between January and March over the same period of the previous year.

Those who visit Puerto Vallarta stay for an average of 4 days. However, those who travel south from the PVR international airport to the Costa Alegre vacation for an average of 11 days, Sectur's report said.

Meanwhile, the cruise market continues to strengthen. During the first three months of 2019, more than 150,000 passengers arrived in Puerto Vallarta on a cruise. This s a 23 percent increase over the number of people who arrived by sea in the same period of 2018.

Although the Guadalajara Airport continues to be one of the main air destinations in the country, it saw a 0.9% decrease in the number of foreign visitors in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, registering just 243,474 arrivals this year.

The Jalisco Secretariat of Tourism (Secturjal) detailed that most international visitors to Puerto Vallarta and the Metropolitan Zone of Guadalajara (ZMG) are, in their majority, Americans between the ages of 26 and 44 who come for family vacations, followed by Canadians, who also travel accompanied by their families.

Source: Banderas News

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The National Botanical Garden Day is celebrated on June 22 and Vallarta’s Botanical Garden (VBG), one of the best in North America, has prepared several activities for the day, under the tagline “Botanical Gardens in defense of pollinators.”

This is an initiative promoted by the Botanic Gardens Conservation International, or BGCI, and it has been adopted by the Mexican Association of Botanical Gardens (AMJB), according to Neil Gerlowsky, Executive Director of Puerto Vallarta’s Botanical Garden.

The main purpose of the celebration is to increase the public knowledge about plants and how they related to human well-being and our ecosystems; while also promoting, through guided tours, our country’s biodiversity and its safeguarding.

On June 22nd, activities will begin at noon by welcoming all the attendees. The backbone of the celebration is made of five short but substantial lectures on several subjects related to botanical gardens.

Event participation is included in the VBG’s entrance fee, which is $200 pesos.

Source: Vallarta Opina (Spanish)

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