A Return to Normal for Tour Operators After Hurricane Patricia
Billed as the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded, Hurricane Patricia was downgraded from a Category 5 storm to a tropical depression soon after making landfall in Mexico and passed without causing major damage to tourist areas.
The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board issued a statement on Saturday afternoon saying that hotels, the cruise port and the airport were all back online and functioning normally and skies were sunny again.
The Weather Channel said that although thousands of homes were damaged in the state of Jalisco, no storm-related casualties were reported.
The Pacific coast tourist town of Puerto Vallarta had widespread evacuations on Friday, but on Saturday guests were returning to their rooms.
Tour operators reported that the danger of Patricia was short-lived and business has rapidly returned to normal.
“Based upon reports received from our hotel partners and ground operator in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, the resort area sustained no major damage and the infrastructure remains intact,” said Jack Richards, president and CEO of Pleasant Holidays. “The airport has reopened and customers returned to the hotels to resume their vacation activities. We will resume sales of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit for future travel in 2015 and 2016 on Monday.”
Tim Mullen, president of Apple Vacations, said, “Thankfully the storm steered south of Puerto Vallarta. All Apple guests are back from the shelters and in their hotels. Hotels report no damages and the airport is fully open and functional.”
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