NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The January 19th update to the US Department's and the Canadian Foreign Affairs Department's Travel Warning to Mexico do not include the international resort city of Puerto Vallarta. Both warnings highlight that Puerto Vallarta is a major travel destination in the state of Jalisco and do not indicate the need for caution or recommend against travel to the city of Puerto Vallarta.
The areas of Jalisco that are included in the warning are on the border with Michoacán and Zacatecas, some 250 miles, or a 4-hour drive, from Puerto Vallarta. This is a distance similar to New York to Boston, Los Angeles to Las Vegas or Toronto to Ottawa.
The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board proactively monitors the destination's security and regularly contracts international firms that specialize in tourism security to conduct assessments of the city and its many attractions and services. Assessments completed in 2011 and 2012 by Thomas Dale & Associates, and in 2014 and 2015 by Tourism & More, found that Puerto Vallarta continues to offer a safe and friendly small-town feel for both its visitors and local residents.
Thomas Dale and Associates found that Puerto Vallarta is an extremely safe destination and Tourism & More reported, that Puerto Vallarta provides its visitors, locals and extensive North American expat populations a safe setting where people feel comfortable walking around town without perceived threat or fear. Puerto Vallarta is a place where visitors can safely enjoy evening strolls, shopping, dining and entertainment.
Puerto Vallarta will continue to invest in its infrastructure and services to ensure the safety of its residents and visitors. The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board maintains a collaborative relationship and open communications with US and Canadian government entities in Mexico and keeps them informed regarding tourism security on a regular basis.
Voted Mexico's "Friendliest City" by the readers of Travel + Leisure in 2015, Puerto Vallarta closed a record year with a reported average of 65% occupancy throughout 2015. Almost 2.5 million US and Canadian visitors traveled to Puerto Vallarta by air and land and 3.5 million visited as cruise passengers. Its best performance since 2008.
The city's meetings, conference and events industry saw a 200% increase with 59 international events taking place across the city.
The destination also reported record year in investment from the private sector with five new hotel openings, 4 new direct flights from the US, 3 meeting and events spaces and major renovations to its international airport (PVR), cruise port and Downtown Zone.
Puerto Vallarta is an internationally acclaimed destination and continually receives accolades from the media and visitors alike. TripAdvisor's consumer base of more than 2 million placed it at #2 in the overall best Mexican destination for the 2015 Traveler's Choice Award (for the 3rd year in a row); Live and Invest Overseas' Kathleen Peddicord has included Puerto Vallarta in her yearly "Best Places to Retire" list for the past 4 years; and US News & World Report selected Puerto Vallarta as the "#2 Best Place to Visit in Mexico", "#3 Best Beaches in Mexico" and "#4 Best Spring Break Destination" this month.
To read the Travel Warning please visit the following links.
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SOURCE Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board