Tourists in Puerto Vallarta report feeling very safe and that the city is a friendly tourist destination, according to surveys conducted by the Municipal Tourism Directorate during the Easter holiday.
The director of the unit, Ramón González Lomelí, said that staff surveyed 2,280 tourists in ten location throughout the city, such as the Municipal Palace, Calle Mina, Hidalgo and Lázaro Cárdenas parks, in the three certified beaches (Camarones, Playa de Oro and Palmares), Central Camionera, maritime terminal and El Pitillal delegation.
It was an exit survey, aimed at people who were wrapping up their vacation in Puerto Vallarta, with the intention that they would have enough time in the city to give an objective opinion on their overall experience.
When questioned about what they liked most during their stay, 35% reported “the village and the boardwalk”, 30% mentioned the beaches, 20% the friendliness of Vallartans and 15% referred to the gastronomy. “These are the strongest factors that tourists mentioned about the reasons they liked Puerto Vallarta.”
More than 90 percent of respondents said they found the city to be very safe and very friendly.
“I was very surprised, we have a very high perception that Puerto Vallarta is a very safe place. It is as perceived by the tourist and that is very important, they perceive Puerto Vallarta as a very safe place, certainly those comments are very flattering.”
The tourists highlighted the important presence of numerous elements of Civil Protection and other dependencies in the beaches and in the tourist strip in general.
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According to the survey, 39% of visitors during Holy Week came from the metropolitan area of Guadalajara and the interior of the state of Jalisco, almost 12% of Bajío, mainly from Guanajuato, about 11% Mexico City, and the rest of various entities throughout the country.