As gas prices plummet and the dollar skyrockets, mixed with the easing of flight regulations that limit the number of cross-border flights, and the general proximity to the United States, Puerto Vallarta is poised to become one of Mexico’s top destinations in 2015.
Adding to the perfect storm is the growing sense of violence and instability in other popular Mexico vacation destinations, while sparing Puerto Vallarta. The destination still maintains its reputation for safety and fun in the sun.
Many airlines anticipating the lift on caps limiting the number of flights allowed to operate across the border have already applied for new services to Puerto Vallarta. Most recently Southwest Airlines joined the growing trend of airlines looking to expand service to Puerto Vallarta.
With more competition and lower gas prices, flights to Puerto Vallarta stand to become more affordable and offer the destination more tourism from people who once only dreamed of vacationing overseas.
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The perfect storm is also brewing on the sea with a rebound of the cruise ship industry along the Mexican Riviera and ports of call to Puerto Vallarta. 2015 promises to be one of the best years for Puerto Vallarta for cruise ship passenger arrivals in nearly a decade. The industry declined several years ago among worries of violence and swine flu epidemic that never took hold of the area.
The city could also benefit from the new 30-something traveler who overwhelmingly prefers “off the beaten path” destinations that are less touristy and don’t find other beach resorts in Mexico appealing.
The city faces many challenges in the midst of the perfect storm and strong leadership in government and business will determine if Puerto Vallarta sinks or swims in one of the most promising years in tourism the city has ever welcomed.