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The International Mariachi Fair 2019 will be held in Puerto Vallarta from April 22-24. This exhibition of mariachi music will include special musical  performances, workshops, contests and training, among other fun events

Recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Mariachi is a timeless Mexican tradition that goes beyond influential music - it is the sum of a cultural revolution, encompassing the essence of Mexico with elaborate costumes, rhythmic dancing and patriotic values. Discover its complex origins, its distinctive musical elements, and above all its deep-rooted significance to the people of Mexico - right here in Puerto Vallarta!

The  director of the International Mariachi Fair, Héctor Turrubiates explained that, in addition to musical presentations, the Mariachi Fair will feature workshops, contests, conferences and training for not only mariachi groups, but for anyone who is interested in this musical genre that is part of the essence, identity and national culture of Mexico.  In addition to private events, public galas will be held so that all visitors and locals can enjoy a first class show, since the main objective of the event is to achieve a broad exposure of mariachi music as a pillar of Mexican identity.

The organizer added that musicians who wish to become professionals will have an opportunity to participate in the Mariachi International Music Congress, which will attended by some of the best mariachis and 15 of the best teachers of this genre.  He also announced that there will be Mexican Folkloric dance performances, lectures on social media networks, musical instrument sales and production, and just about everything that has to do with the music industry that supports the diffusion of mariachi.

Source: Banderas News

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Presented by the Puerto Vallarta Open tournament, Vallarta will host the College Tennis National Tour  from April 22-26. 

Puerto Vallarta will host the College Tennis National Tour from April 22nd till 26th at the Parota Park, an event starred by young athletes which will demonstrate their talents.

 Don't miss this great event presented by Puerto Vallarta Open.  Come with your family and enjoy great tenis. We'll wait for you!

  Source: https://visitpuertovallarta.com


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RHA Fest will take place next Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 2019, aiming to promote the best house music in the region. 

Towards the north of Puerto Vallarta, in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, RHA Fest will take place next Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 2019, with the aim of promoting the best house music in a spectacular place.

RHA means “flowing water” in Wixárika or Huichol ethnic language, which is spoken by the members of the most representative indigenous culture of this region of Mexico.

So far the confirmed DJ’s are:

Friday:Guy Gerber, Lee Burridge, Anja Schneider, BONES, BEHROUZ, Öona Dahl, Santé and Viceroy. 

Saturday: Bedouin, Nic Fanciulli, Jonas Rathsman, Lauren Lane, Liam Fitzgerald, Marques Wyatt and Tom & Collins.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

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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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