Puerto Vallarta Energized
The sun is shining in Puerto Vallarta in more ways than one. Puerto Vallarta received a record number of visitors in 2012 and reported an increase in hotel occupancy approaching 17 percent, with some of those rooms filled by celebrities such as Eva Longoria and four Olympic medalists from the United States' Swim Team: Rebeca Soni, Matthew Grevers, Dana Vollmer and Ricky Berens. The resort destination, like many in Mexico, has weathered bad press by proactively improving its tourism offerings while getting the message out that PV is a safe place to vacation.
Last month saw the inauguration of free weekly tours of Puerto Vallarta's downtown, led by professional guides. According to Carlos Gerard, municipal tourism director of Puerto Vallarta, they chose Tuesdays for these tours because there are no cruise ships calling on the city on that day.