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According to the Municipal Director of Tourism, the state is expecting higher hotel occupancy for the Holy Week & Easter 2019 holiday period.

Expectations for the Holy Week and Easter period are as usual very high, with even higher occupancy rates this year, according to Ramón González Lomelí.

The municipality’s Tourism Directorate will have public service modules, like in previous years, at the API (Integral Port Administration), the truck central, the airport and in front of Vallarta Plus.

With the expectation that Vallarta will hit 100% occupancy, specially on the Thursday-Sunday period, Gonzalez Lomeli noted ‘we've talked to hotels so they keep us updated on room availability so we can help visitors’. About this, he noted that usually tourists arrive at the directorate to ask for availability in the region, which is why they are coordinating with hotels.

When it comes to the economic spill in Puerto Vallarta for the holiday period, the  director noted the state is working with an estimate but numbers will have to be adjusted with current rates, so they will inform the public later on more accurate data.

Source: Mirada Informativa (Spanish)

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The Nayarit Civil Protection and Fire Department gave intensive First Aid and Water Rescue training to 36 security guards from AHMBB associated hotels to help avoid incidents during the Semana Santa and Pascua vacation period.

Personnel from AHMBB hotel members are prepared for the upcoming Semana Santa and Pascua holidays after taking an intensive Lifeguard training course taught by the Civil Protection and Fire Department of the State of Nayarit together with the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

There were 36 participants, mostly staff from the Iberostar Playa Mita, Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Riu, Palladium, Royal Decameron Complex, Villagroup, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, and Real del Mar hotels, as well as personnel from Dolphin Discovery.  The training lasted for 48 hours over the course of three days under the advisement of Lucas del Val, a Water Rescue and Life Guarding instructor from the Civil Protection and Fire Department of the State of Nayarit, who designed the program to help develop the talent and potential of those who will be in charge of guest safety.

He explained the training lasted three days and two nights, with up to 16 hours per day of work. The first day was dedicated to First Aid theory instruction and practice, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver. They later continued with physical training and, that evening, some of the trainees participated in a night rescue with survival maneuvers in the dark.  Day two included water rescue exercises in the pool at the Bahía de Banderas campus facilities of the Tecnológico Nacional de México based in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

After the training, said Del Val, each of the lifeguards understood the importance of eliminating problems and avoiding accidents, and had a more ample notion of safety and what they themselves can do, not only around water but everywhere else as well.  When the course was over the participants received their certificates and had the opportunity to spend time together and share their experiences during a small event held at the Royal Decameron Complex.

Soource: Banderas News

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According to the commissioner for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks in Jalisco (Coprisjal, for its full name in Spanish) Denis Santiago Hernández, Puerto Vallarta's beaches are approved for recreational use during the Easter and Holy Week holiday.

The commissioner published the results of samples obtained from ten beaches throughout the municipality of Puerto Vallarta that pose no threats to the visitors for the upcoming holidays. ‘Tourists can rest easy knowing our beaches are within the permitted limits for recreational use’, noted Santiago Hernández.

The public worker added the ‘Clean Beaches’ program is ruled by the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), along with the Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat (Semarnat).  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), sea and beach water studies indicate mucoses (eyes, mouth), skin and digestive diseases presented by bathers are directly related to fecal matter levels in the water.

In Jalisco, the following beaches are part of the monitoring program: Yelapa, Quimixto, Las Ánimas, Mismaloya, Playas Gemelas, Los Muertos, Río Cuale, Camarones, Palmas y Oasis.  The samples are taken right before holiday periods like Easter, summer break, and winter break in December.

Source: INFORMADOR.MX (Spanish)

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Puerto Vallarta's American School is hosting a Sustainability and Service Fair on Tuesday, April 9, from 5:00pm to 8:00 pm.

The Sustainability and Service Fair will celebrate the achievements of students and teachers on the implementation of sustainable principles and community service practices. The event will take place this coming Tuesday, April 9, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

More than 20 local vendors and organizations are expected to attend. Vendors will provide demonstrations and information about the Banderas Bay ecosystems, as well as innovative new LEED building techniques. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase locally made sustainable items of all kinds

Entrance is free.  For more information, please visit aspv.edu.mx, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (322) 226-7672

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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Fans of Spanish rock have a date next April 19, 2019, at the 2nd Riviera Nayarit Rock Festival. The concert will take place at Explanada Mezcales with several internationally recognized bands performing.

In a press event, the organizing committee mentioned Maldita Vecindad, Genitallica and Inspector will headline the festival.  En rueda de prensa, el comité organizador mencionó que Maldita Vecindad, Genitallica e Inspector, encabezarán este segundo festival. 

They also noted the first edition of this festival gathered over eight thousand attendees, and this next installment is expecting over fifteen thousand people from all over the country, mostly from Banderas Bay and Puerto Vallarta.   More than five thousand tickets have been sold so far, however, anyone who wishes to assist may still buy a ticket at any ‘Medisim’ pharmacy or contact the festival’s social media account on Facebook.

The committee also informed the press the event will take place at a 4 acre promenade prepared for a double stage to facilitate the performances, which will take place from 11:30 am until midnight.

Source: RMX Noticias