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Puerto Vallarta is the second most sought after beach destination for the upcoming Holy Week holiday among national tourists, according to online travel and hotel agency Expedia.

Puerto Vallarta is the second most sought after beach destination for the upcoming Holy Week holiday among national tourists, according to online travel and hotel agency Expedia in their most recent poll, titles “Best and Cheapest Destinations for Holy Week”, where one thousand citizens answered about their preferences for the upcoming vacations.

According to the results, first place goes to Cancun, Quintana Roo, with 28%. However, Puerto Vallarta positioned itself in second place with 16%, overtaking the Riviera Mara (15%). Other favorites for travelers are Tulum (12%), Cabo San Lucas (10%), Acapulco (8%) and Playa del Carmen (7%).

This same poll also revealed how important cost planning is for national tourists when thinking about vacationing. 40% of people polled noted price is the imperative factor when choosing where to travel.

Expedia also revealed the destinations considered cheapest by the public, in this order: Guadalajara, Toluca, Ciudad del Carmen, Veracruz, Puebla, Ciudad de México, Monterrey, León, Tampico, Huatulco.

Source: Vallarta Opina


Marina Vallarta’s Rotary Club is inviting the public and their pets to the very first ‘Furry Festival’ on April 27 and 28 at the Agustín Flores Contreras Sports Complex starting at 10:00 am.

In a press conference, the organizing staff noted the festival is looking to raise money for Puerto Vallarta’s Control and Help Center & Municipal Shelter (CCAAAM for its initials in Spanish.) The event includes two days of activities for our furry friends, like costume contests, runways, challenges and lectures on diverse subjects with canine and feline specialists. There will also be adopting opportunities during the event.

One of the most interesting activities in the festival will definitely be the ‘Urban Mushing’, which is a bike route, or any other wheeled artifacts, that owners can enjoy with their pets. There are participants attending from out of state for this race alone.

According to the organizers, there will be a family environment, with music, food and drink. To gain access to the festival for both days, there will be a $20 pesos entry fee, while children pay only $10 pesos. Over two thousand people are expected to attend the event.

Source: AZ Noticias


Holland America Line will offer 20 cruises on three ships in the Mexican Riviera between October 2019 and April 2020.

A seven-day series of itineraries will be offered aboard Oosterdam and Eurodam, while Maasdam’s popular EXC In-Depth Voyages expand to Mexico in 2020. All of the regular season cruises sail roundtrip from San Diego and each itinerary features three Mexican ports of call, including an overnight at Puerto Vallarta. All cruises also include calls at Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.

Oosterdam kicks off the season Oct. 6, 2019, with one of 14 seven-day cruises offered through April 18, 2020, including two holiday departures Dec. 21 and Dec. 28.

Passengers will find an identical itinerary aboard Eurodam Oct. 19, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9, 2019. Cruisers interested in a longer sailing can extend Eurodam’s Oct. 19 voyage by embarking four days earlier at Vancouver for an 11-day cruise that adds a call at Santa Barbara, California.

For an even deeper exploration of the Mexican Riviera, Maasdam’s 12-day EXC In-Depth Voyage departs April 3 and April 15, 2020, and includes seven Mexican ports that rim the Sea of Cortez. Along with Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta, guests see La Paz, Loreto, Guaymas and Topolobampo.

Source: Travel Week


Grupo Vidanta plans to sail the Vidanta Elegant luxury cruise ship from its resort in Nuevo Vallarta starting in the fall of 2019.

Mexico resort developer Grupo Vidanta plans to sail a 298-passenger luxury cruise ship from its resort in Nuevo Vallarta, giving travelers the option for a cruise and resort vacation. The company plans its inaugural voyage in the fall of 2019 on the Vidanta Elegant. Vidanta Cruises will be Mexico's first luxury cruise line, the company said.

Grupo Vidanta acquired a 15,000-gross-ton ship built for 540 passengers as the Crown Monarch. Built in 1990, the ship most recently sailed for Voyages of Discovery. Grupo Vidanta refit the ship, reducing the number of cabins to 149. It has six public decks and dining areas, 11 bars and lounges, an entertainment venue, a full-service spa and fitness center, a top deck pool and several Jacuzzis, Vidanta said.

Information on itineraries, voyage length, destinations and cruising dates will be released at a later date.

Source: Travel Weekly

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Puerto Vallarta ended the second long weekend of the year with 90% hotel occupancy, according to the Municipal Tourism Direction.

According to the hotel industry report, the department noted the hotel occupancy averaged around 90% throughout the four days, with Sunday, March 17, being the highest at 93%.

On Friday -March 15-, the beginning of the long weekend, the report shows 74.87% occupancy which translates into 6,895 rented rooms in 3, 4 and 5-star hotels. On Saturday -March 16-, hotel occupancy reached 84%, or 7,870 rooms and Sunday -March 17-, occupancy hit its peak at 93.34%, with 8,713 rooms.

On Monday -March 18-, hotel occupancy went down some at 88.89% (or 8,193 rooms), and by Tuesday the hotel industry occupancy in Vallarta was at 73.91%, which translates into 7,091 rented rooms.

The department also pointed out the local hotel industry recorded a notable increase in revenue, with March projections as their point of comparison.

Source: NotiVallarta (Spanish)

Last modified on Friday, 22 March 2019 00:41

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