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Puerto Vallarta to Host Major LGBT Events in 2016, 2017

Destination & Tourism | Mexico Tourism Board | Patrick Clarke | July 18, 2016

Puerto Vallarta to Host Major LGBT Events in 2016, 2017

PHOTO: Downtown Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (photo courtesy of Greg Custer).

Puerto Vallarta is poised to build on its reputation as a premier LGBT destination in the coming months.

The Mexican resort town recently revealed that its scheduled to host a handful of major LGBT events later this year and throughout 2017.

Gayribbean Mexican Riviera Cruise aboard the Ruby Princess is scheduled to depart Los Angeles Nov. 5 and will make a stop in Puerto Vallarta just a few weeks before the destination hosts Latin Fever during Thanksgiving weekend.

The dance music festival will kick off Nov. 27 and continue through Nov. 30.

Other upcoming LGBT events taking place in Puerto Vallarta include NYE PVR 2017 on New Year's, Beef Dip Bear Week and Mardis Gras.The latter two will take place in 2017.

READ MORE: Puerto Vallarta Continues Expansion As Popular Tourism Destination

Vallarta Pride will also return to Puerto Vallarta in time for Memorial Day Weekend 2017.

Considering it was the first city in Mexico to be granted Gay Travel Approved status by, it's no surprise Puerto Vallarta is home to a plethora of gay-friendly accommodations, attractions and activities—all of which distinguish it from rival destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Friday's announcement comes just days after the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board revealed yet another increase in visitor arrivals. Earlier this month, TravelPulse's Michael Schottey wrote that "in the first five months of 2016, Puerto Vallarta has seen a hotel occupancy rate of 74.5 percent—its highest level in a decade and 1.5 percent more than in the same period of 2015."

It's likely no coincidence that the rise has coincided with the town's emergence as one of the world's premier LGBT destinations.


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