NEW YORK, NY – Puerto Vallarta, one of Conde Nast Traveler’s Top Cities in the World, has set a new record in hotel occupancy and international arrivals with the closure of 2017, receiving even more visitors than expected. Puerto Vallarta’s Hotel Association has reported that Puerto Vallarta, which is currently celebrating its 100th year anniversary, had a 75.6 percent occupancy rate for the year of 2017. Similarly, Puerto Vallarta’s International Airport (PVR) received 3,093,200 international passengers, according to Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, which runs the airport.
The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board is currently working on securing a successful 2018 as it will host its annual tourism tradeshow Gala Puerto Vallarta – Riviera Nayarit from Feb. 12-13, the largest tourism industry event in Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Gala Puerto Vallarta – Riviera Nayarit started 23 years ago as a way to grow business for Puerto Vallarta’s hotels and tour operators; in 2006 the event expanded to include Riviera Nayarit properties and tourism offering.
This year, over 95 hotels from both destinations and 500 travel professionals will participate in Gala Puerto Vallarta – Riviera Nayarit with over 1,027 appointments already confirmed. Almost 70 wholesalers, 40 from the U.S. and Canada, are confirmed to attend, including representatives from Air Canada, Air Transat, American Airlines Vacations, Apple Vacations, Best Day Travel, Book it, Delta Vacations, Expedia, Gran Plan Aeroméxico, Priceline.com, Southwest Vacations, Sunwing Vacations, West Jet Vacation and others. A delegation of national and international travel industry media will also be in attendance.
“Gala Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit is the place for business and deals to be made,” said Javier Aranda Pedrero, General Director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. “This is where rates are set for 30,000 plus hotel rooms located in the region for the upcoming season. The economic impact of the work we do at Gala is a benefit for all of us in Puerto Vallarta.”
Puerto Vallarta was featured in our 2017 Summer/Fall issue of Facilities & Destinations magazine.