Violence in Jalisco does not affect tourism in Puerto Vallarta and major destinations

Violence in Jalisco does not affect tourism in Puerto Vallarta and major destinations. Photo: Flickr
Violence in Jalisco does not affect tourism in Puerto Vallarta and major destinations. Photo: Flickr

The wave of violence and the increase of intentional homicides in the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara have not affected the arrival of cruise ships to Puerto Vallarta, nor has it generated cancellations in the reservations for the main tourist destinations of Jalisco in the season of Holy Week and Week of Easter, assured the Secretary of Tourism.

The occupation in this long weekend in Puerto Vallarta and Costalegre was very good and behaved without any hiccups, said the state official, based on previous reservations.

For the Easter and Easter holidays, it is planned to have more than 90% of hotel occupancy in Puerto Vallarta, said the state official.

"The security issue, as we have always stated, is on the coordinators' table (in the security cabinet) and with them, we maintain permanent communication with the corresponding authorities."

According to the Integral Port Administration (API), in March 22 cruise ships are scheduled to arrive in Puerto Vallarta. On March 14, there was a double cruise, with the arrival of the Nieuw Amsterdam and the Coral Princess. For the next Wednesday, March 20, two more cruise ships will arrive simultaneously: Carnival Splendor and Royal Princess.

The Secretary of Tourism does not lose optimism:

"We are confident that it will be an excellent holiday season. We are aware that we are working permanently at the security tables, in order to be attentive."

The main destinations of Puerto Vallarta, Melaque and Barra de Navidad, on the beaches, as well as in Chapala, and the mountain destinations, such as Mazamitla and Tapalpa, are without problems in terms of insecurity.

"We are well, calm, the destinations are working to everything they give, precisely to prepare for the season. On the subject of security, the perception that we have in the destinations is that we are well in these moments. I trust that we will stay in full at all of our destinations in Jalisco."

According to the Executive Secretariat of the National System of Public Security, Jalisco is in fourth place in intentional homicides in the country, when accounting for the months of December 2018 and January 2019. First, Guanajuato has 595 murders; Baja California follows, with 528; in third place is the state of Mexico, with 518; and Jalisco is in four, with 472.

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The wave of violence and derogatory comments by Donald Trump against the country are among the causes that have led American and Canadian students to cancel their trips to the coasts of Puerto Vallarta. The losses are estimated at around 400 million pesos (mdp), according to El Financiero digital reports.

According to the vice president of the National Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Services in Puerto Vallarta, there are between 10,000 and 13,000 cancellations of spring breakers (students traveling during the Easter holidays in the US and Canada). The average cost of each one is around 30,000 pesos.

The official said that no airline has confirmed its presence in the coastal city, although it is among the 10 cities with less perception of insecurity in the country, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi).

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