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On December 12th millions of Mexicans celebrate the last appearance of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego in 1531. This religious commemoration has turned into a national holiday, and now also a day of celebration throughout the Americas, as declared by Pope John Paul II on his last visit to Mexico.

Infinite are the favors granted by the Virgin of Guadalupe. As Mexicans, Catholic or not, millions of us take refuge under her comforting starry mantle. She is our Guadalupe. mother of all Mexicans, the Morenita del Tepeyac.

Virgin-Mother, Santa Maria de Guadalupe is the banner that weaves maguey threads with those of silk into a tapestry of cultures and beliefs: of Tonantzin, our Madrecita (little Mother), Mother Earth, mother of gods and men, and Holy Mary Mother of God. Guadalupe-Tonantzin, a symbol of national identity, an emblem of unity, a combination of indigenous and Iberic roots, the initial fusion of pre-Hispanic Mexico with the West, and through it, with the East.

Beyond mere religious, social or psychological interpretations, one is Guadalupan because one is Mexican –goes the popular saying-, it symbolizes the national devotion which attaches us to this mother figure and unites us with our Guadalupan brothers and sisters around the world. One assumes it like an identity.. a vocation taken as an act of faith not to be argued or questioned. It is a mystery to be accepted, lived and felt.

Approximately 90 million Mexicans are devotees of our Patroncita, our Little Patroness, Queen of Mexico, Empress of the Americas and the Phillippines. She protects us with her spirit, which lives inside us all. She is our inner voice that says: What do you fear? Am I not here, your Mother? She is also there in her Basilica in the Tepeyac foothills north of Mexico City.

Read more about our patron saint HERE.

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The Public Trust for the Promotion and Tourist Advertising of Puerto Vallarta has announced the next edition of the Gala Puerto Vallarta - Riviera Nayarit for May 12th and 13th, 2021.

Founded in 1993, Gala Puerto Vallarta – Riviera Nayarit is the main business meeting of the Mexican Pacific. Driven by the local hospitality industry, it is considered a meeting that promotes the tourist offer of Vallarta · Nayarit.

In 2020, this event was held during the month of February, at the Vidanta convention center.

The announcement that Gala Puerto Vallarta – Riviera Nayarit will take place in 2021 has been very well receive among hoteliers and wholesalers who seek to meet again and negotiate taking into account the new health regulations.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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Back in 2019, airport operator GAP announced their plans to expand 12 Mexican airports by 2024. And this past week, the group announced the new terminal building at the PV International Airport is still on track to be completed in 2024, expanding its capacity by 60%.

But last August, due to the worldwide pandemic, GAP filed a proposal with the Aeronautical Authority for an adjustment to the Master Development Program, thereby postponing investments for almost 20 months. For many cities, this was understandable, but disappointing news, however, Puerto Vallarta was not among the disappointed.

Last week, GAP announced that there will be no delays in the construction of the new terminal building at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, which is still on track to be completed in 2024, and will expand its capacity by 60%.

The new terminal will span more than 115,000 square feet and include new jet ways and security lines, according to Revuelta. "Currently, the Gustavo Díaz International Airport has a capacity for 20 aircraft, but the new terminal will add 8 or 9 more slots, without the need to create a new runway," he added.

The new terminal in Puerto Vallarta, together with Terminal Two of the Guadalajara Airport, will be one of the first designed under the concept of Net Zero environmental sustainability that effectively integrates the sustainable management of the environment, zero carbon footprint, recycling capacity, and optimal use of water, among other elements.

Source: Banderas News

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According to Travel Weekly, for the first time in history Mexico is leading in travel destinations for North Americans during Thanksgiving. And Puerto Vallarta was among the top three international destinations, along with Cancun and San Jose Del Cabo.

Likewise, Expedia Canada published a list that placed Puerto Vallarta among the most searched international destinations by Canadians.

Allianz reviewed travel plans for flights leaving U.S. airports from Nov. 21 to Dec. 1. The company analyzed 632,757 itineraries, which it said was about on par with other industry estimations that Thanksgiving travel was down about 75% compared with the same period last year (in 2019, Allianz's Thanksgiving travel report analyzed 2.4 million itineraries).

"Always a popular destination, Mexico has been a leader in tourism recovery since Covid-19 began -- the country's accessibility and safety protocols like restricted capacity at resorts to enable proper social distancing may be helping to drive demand along with the promise of a warm weather escape," Allianz said.

Notably missing from the list this year were popular European destinations like London and Paris -- which regularly cracked the top five for Thanksgiving travel in recent years -- due to Covid-19-related travel restrictions.

Allianz said the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 25, will be the busiest departure day for domestic destinations. Saturday, Nov. 21, is the most popular departure date for those with international destinations.

Sources: Travel Weekly & Travel Pulse Canada

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The Vidanta Elegant ship is now docked at Puerto Vallarta’s terminal finishing the last touches before embarking on its inaugural Vallarta-Mazatlán-Vallarta route, which has been tentatively set for January 19th, 2021.

With capacity for 298 passengers (who will be able to enjoy 149 cabins and suites with ocean views), this cruise is the first of its kind in Mexico. After acquiring it, Grupo Vidanta transformed it 100% from the hull, making a completely new ship. This cruise features 502 feet long and 15,396 tons.

Vidanta Elegant belongs to Vidanta Cruises line. It is an adult-only boat that is designed to privilege luxury above anything else. It will have a personal concierge for each cabin and six public decks, as well as several restaurants of different specialties to satisfy the most demanding palates, 11 original bars and lounges, an immersive entertainment area, luxurious spa and gym, a beautiful swimming pool in the upper deck and multiple jacuzzis.

In order to create a dining experience that is second to none, Vidanta Elegant will feature two highly awarded culinary veterans as its signature chefs: Chef Eric Pansu, named Best Chef in France and pastry chef Pascal Molines, named Best Pastry Chef in France.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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