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Puerto Vallarta Celebrates Record Year

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | January 15, 2016

Puerto Vallarta Celebrates Record Year

PHOTO: Sunscape Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa (Photo courtesy AMResorts)

Puerto Vallarta experienced a record 2015 with soaring hotel occupancy. The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board recently announced its final occupancy rates for the month of December and the city closed a successful 2015 with over 90 percent occupancy.

According to Puerto Vallarta’s Hotel Association president, Rodolfo Pacheco Hernandez, between the dates of Dec. 19 to Jan. 6 the destination saw a 20 percent increase from last year and hotels reported 100 percent occupancy from Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31 to Jan. 2.

Last year turned out to be Puerto Vallarta’s best year on record since 2008. The city experienced an average occupancy rate of 65 percent from January to November of last year with approximately 12,326 rooms occupied on a monthly basis. Close to 1.8 million international visitors vacationed in Puerto Vallarta during the same period, representing an increase of nearly 19 percent with an additional 282,975 in international arrivals over the previous year.

International arrivals to Puerto Vallarta’s International Airport (PVR) were up by 12.3 percent from January to November.

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Miguel Andrés Hernández, director of the Puerto Vallarta OCV said that visitors have generated almost $30 million to the destination’s hotels and more than $30 million has gone to local businesses, including restaurants, bars, local transportation providers, art galleries, shops and tour operators.

It was also a busy year for events. Hernández noted that the city hosted 102 events during the calendar year; including meetings, conventions and conferences. 

Miguel ángel García Beltrán González, director of the Puerto Vallarta International Port (API) said that, during 2015, 135 cruises made their calls in the destination, which is an increase of 25 cruises over the previous year.

“The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board has been working intensively alongside the destination’s OCV and the municipality to continually promote the city’s many attractions as well as creating new offerings and unique experiences. The numbers we are seeing are the result of our successful collaborative effort” said Agustin Alvarez, director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board. “Our staff has been attracting new markets for Puerto Vallarta in South America and Europe and maintaining a strong presence in our natural markets with the help of our agencies in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. We are confident that 2016 will be an even more successful year.” 

Contributing to the hopeful success of 2016 will be the addition of new convention and meeting space as well as five new hotel openings during 2015.

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New Hotel Options

Puerto Vallarta welcomed the opening of the new 443-room Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only, located in Puerto Vallarta’s South Zone.

The boutique Casa Kimberly is the former homes of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton that were transformed into a luxury hotel featuring nine suites, a spa, pool, open-air dining, a tequila bar and the preserved Puente Del Amor (Love Bridge) that links the two properties.

Garlands Del Rio is a brand new B&B located on the Rio Cuale offering a rustic and magical ambiance in the heart of old Puerto Vallarta.

The Hotel Zone also welcomed a new offering for families with the opening of the Sunscape Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa in December.

New Options for Meetings and Conventions

Puerto Vallarta continues its goal to attract conventions, conferences and meetings to the destination with the opening of three new spaces for meetings, events and conventions.

The Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only hotel's conference center, the largest in the city, offers world-class facilities for business meetings, conferences or social events.

Hotel Mousai now offers the Red Room, a glamorous venue for every occasion, the adaptable space transforms into a ballroom, a concert hall, a conference center, a press room or space for a wedding reception.

Costa Sur Resort & Spa recently added a meeting room with the capacity to host up to 80 people in an auditorium setting or 40 people in a classroom-type layout.

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