According to a press release issued on Thursday, January 11, by the Secretary of Tourism (Sectur), the U.S. State Department confirmed today that the main tourist destinations in Mexico will not have any travel restrictions.
Cancún, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit and Mexico City, destinations representing 80% of the tourism in the country, were exempted from the new system implemented by the US government.
The new tiered travel advisory system was rolled out yesterday, replacing the old one of alerts, warnings, and security messages. It's divided into 4 levels: Level 1 (blue): Exercise normal travel, Level 2 (yellow): Exercise increased caution, Level 3 (orange): Reconsider travel, Level 4(red) Do not travel.
SECTUR also published a list of all the locations in Mexico exempted from the restrictions:
- Baja California Sur: Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo y La Paz
- Quintana Roo: Cancún, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres e Isla Holbox
- Ciudad de México
- Jalisco: Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Chapala y Ajijic
- Nayarit: Riviera Nayarit, Punta Mita, Nuevo Vallarta, Santa Maria del Oro y Xalisco
- Guanajuato: Guanajuato y San Miguel de Allende
- Yucatán: Chichen Itzá, Mérida, Uxmal y Valladolid
- Puebla: Ciudad de Puebla
- Chiapas: Palenque, San Cristóbal de las Casas y Tuxtla Gutiérrez
- Baja California: Ensenada, Rosarito y Tijuana
- Oaxaca: Ciudad de Oaxaca y Huatulco
- Campeche: Ciudad de Campeche
- Querétaro: Santiago de Querétaro
- Coahuila: Piedras Negras y Ciudad Acuna
- Sinaloa: Mazatlán (Zona Dorada, Centro Histórico), Los Mochis, Port Topolobampo
- Michoacán: Morelia y Lázaro Cárdenas (llegando vía aérea o carretera federal 15D)
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Sources: Secretary of Tourism (Spanish)
Claire Guarniere reports to Banderas News that Galleria Dante (Basilio Badillo St.) will open a new art exhibit this Friday, January 12, as part of the South Side Shuffle, an evening street party that takes place two Fridays each month. You can stop by the art gallery to meet the artist and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.
Miguel Angel was born in 1971 in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco. He studied Fine Arts at the Cabañas Cultural Instituto from 1992 to 1995, and specialized in wood and stone carving courses in 1996. This period marks the beginning of his fascination with color in sculpture.
In 1997, Miguel Angel traveled to the city of Florence, Italy, where he lived until 2007. For four years, he directed the design area of a ceramic factory (cotto) in the town of Strada in Chianti. For three years, he was a professor of sculpture at the ADA art academy, also in Florence. Between 2006 and 2011 he developed his work and participated in events in Mexico, Italy, Colombia and USA. Miguel Angel is a great admirer and lover of art nouveau, geometry, insects, animals and plants in general.
Source: Banderas News
The cruise industry will continue to grow in Puerto Vallarta in 2018, 159 cruises are expected to arrive this year, bringing approximately 172,000 people.
In the first week of the year there was eight cruises in the maritime terminal including a triple arrival, and according to the arrival calendar this year, there will be seven triples, 24 double arrivals and two overnight stays, reflecting the confidence and preference of cruises to Puerto Vallarta.
In 2017 144 cruise ships arrived, in 2016 there were 143 and in 2015 134 arrived, showing a steady increase, which this year would grow between 10% and 15% according to industry experts.
In a statement, it was announced that the joint efforts of the tourism sector, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) together with sales agents specialized in cruise tourism, have managed to transmit security, confidence and travel expectations to know this port on the Mexican Pacific.
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Source: Vallarta Daily
The annual parade celebrating Mardi Gras, or Carnaval, will begin on February 13th at 8 pm in the hotel zone and proceed on the world-famous malecón on the way to Los Muertos Pier.
Incredible floats, colorful costumes, towering stilt walkers, street performers and dancers are all part of the festivities in Puerto Vallarta, and of course get your hands ready to catch some beads.
Last year’s event brought over 30,000 cheering residents and tourists from all walks of life together on the city street curbs to be wowed by floats and parade participants celebrating the diversity of our city. This year’s city-sponsored event is sure to bring even more people and wowing to Puerto Vallarta.
Read more about the events in Vallarta.
Source: Vallarta Daily
The 2nd Luminia Fest Pyrotechnics Festival was inaugurated on the eve of December 31st and offered a celebration to mark the ending of 2017, which Mayor Arturo Dávalos called 'the best year of tourism in the history of Puerto Vallarta.'
The Festival offered thousands of Vallartenses and tourists a party of lights, music and color on the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta to bid farewell to 2017.
At midnight, after the final countdown was made by Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña, the pyrotechnic show began to the rhythm of the music, which provoked the applause of the locals and tourists, national and foreign, who stood along the Malecon, on the beach, along Morelos Street and in Plaza de Armas.
Read about the many awards Puerto Vallarta has received these last years.
Source: Vallarta Daily