Puerto Vallarta News Mexico Increasingly Popular Among Canadians In 2018. Mexico, specifically Puerto Vallarta is seeing double-digit growth out of Canada, with air arrivals from this market up 14% in the first half of 2017, says the newly appointed Director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, Javier Aranda Pedrero.
Hotel occupancy meanwhile is strong at 85%. “By the end of the year we’re expecting to grow four to five points over 2016,” said Pedrero.
From the Canadian market Puerto Vallarta benefits not just from vacationers taking one and two week getaways but also long-stay travellers who, much to the tourism board’s delight, tell their friends all about Vallarta. “Canadians have become promoters of the destination,” says Pedrero. “The Canadian snowbirds come to Puerto Vallarta and stay a while, and then they tell their friends, and bring their friends.”
Sunwing is adding flights to the destination out of Abbotsford and Victoria, he adds. Meanwhile WestJet is up to almost 40 flights a week to the destination, in high season.
PV is getting ready to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018 and there will be “celebrations every month,” says Pedrero, adding that “Puerto Vallarta always seems to be having a party. That’s part of the ambience of the destination.”
Newer hotels in the city include Fiesta Inn and City Express, both geared more to business travellers, says Pedrero. For the leisure market, new offerings include the 55-room boutique-style Hotel Amapa, scheduled to open by the end of this month.
On the LGBT scene, Beefdip.com, Puerto Vallarta’s bear and leather week is organized by Toronto’s Steve Buczek. Beefdip is celebrating its 15th anniversary for the 2018 season. This popular Puerto Vallarta bear and leather week takes place January 28-Feb 4, 2018 at Mantamar Beach Club, Blue Chairs Resort, and CC Slaughter’s Night club. It also includes a very popular fashion show community fundraiser with all proceeds donated to local charities.