It Is Urgent to Implement a Real Tourist Culture in Puerto Vallarta

“We believe that it is urgent to implement a real Tourist Culture in Puerto Vallarta and return to the levels of employment in the service sector that we had before 2008,” said Rodolfo Pacheco, Board Member of the Hotel Association, during World Tourism Day.

“While it is true that the Vallarta-Nayarit campaign has brought an 18% increase in international tourist arrivals between January and June 2014, this does not mean we are where we want to be in terms of international or national tourist arrivals.”

It is essential to continue promoting and advertising Puerto Vallarta as a top tourist destination to continue our growth.

Pacheco says it’s not just advertising and getting people on an airplane to Puerto Vallarta, but it’s also the experience we offer the tourist once they have arrived. We need to offer world-class services and experiences that can only be found in Puerto Vallarta, with the world’s friendliest people.

He said it’s essential that the service industry, including the taxi services, transportation, hotel staff, tour operators, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and other service providers ensure they play a part in making our tourist “fall in love” with Puerto Vallarta, not just vacation.

In short, he stressed, that everyone is responsible for generating a good or bad tourist experience in our area.

“The fact of implementing a real tourist culture will bring better job security and a stronger economy for the people of Puerto Vallarta.”

10 Responses
  1. Pam Sullivan

    We live full time in Puerto Vallarta (retired from owning a group tour business 20 years).
    1) My first impression off the airplane shouldn’t be the aggressive Timeshare gauntlet.
    2) My taxi ride shouldn’t feel like Princess Di being chased in a tunnel.
    3) The Blue and White bus should be a colorful memory not a harrowing white knuckle Wild Mouse ride at Busch Gardens.
    4) This is a Prime location for American Group tours. Where are they?
    5) A table with Volunteer Expats should be available at the cruise ship exit gate to help tourists get around easier. Most walk to WalMart and tell people they “went to Puerto Vallarta!” Some people think they can “walk” to town then get to Peninsula Plaza and turn around.
    6) Visitors should have a cute sign they can wear “no vendadores por favor” to alert venders not to nag these particular people.
    7) Consider using the new cobblestone looking pavers rather than replacing the old uneven rocks. It’s a never ending battle to avoid potholes.
    8) Taxi drivers need to have change and small currency bills available. Ever tried to give a taxi driver $500 pesos for a $100 peso ride into town? It’s impossible.
    9) Cruise ships need to be given pads of maps for those leaving the ship. Every port does this. One side is what’s near by, the other side is downtown with instructions pinpointing where to catch the bus, where to get off at WalMart and things to do/see marked. Also allow an Expat or fluent Spanish speaking CVB member to set up a table (on the ship) to answer questions hand out maps and brochures during disembarking. Please, not someone with broken English or little knowledge of the city.
    10) End the day here in PV on a happy note! Many ships have a “sail away” parties where locals plan a great send off with taxi lights flashing/honking, mariachis playing, locals waving. This ends the visitor’s trip with a nice goodbye and great memories.

  2. I still think the biggest turnoff with “tourist-y” Mexico is the super aggressive sells tactics. Sorry but I don’t want to bullied in to buying stuff that I really don’t need or want. My wife and I avoid the shops like the plague!! What is even worse is there will be a group of Mexicans right in front of us as we walk past and the shop keepers don’t even look at them. When we pass, it’s all “Honey Mooners!! Big Spenders!!” It gets to the point where you just get annoyed enough that you will never buy anything from them now matter what.

    1. It’s not just the malecon. Even the mall is like that with their many booths and such. I live next to Rio Cuale and there is nothing but vendors all over everything!! I know they are just trying to make a living but the sells pitch is an automatic “No, I am not buying anything!” And besides, this is about tourism in PV. Tourist want to go to the tourist-y stuff like the malecon, mall and marina. All of which have very aggressive sellsmen/women.

  3. Olivier

    The practice of assaulting arriving first time tourists at the Puerto Vallarta airport by the Time Share Thugs has to be one of THE MOST offensive experiences, and a lasting first impression, that should be stopped immediately.
    Additionally a lot of negative comments have been recorded by arriving tourists about the usage of luggage carts inside the terminal for 20 meters, until they are blocked by barriers, and porters must be used from that point onward. Either let carts through, or allow porters to work the luggage belts, not the confusing dual system presently used.
    Allowing busses to race in the streets to compete for fares is also a harrowing experience for pedestrians. There are FAR TOO MANY busses clogging the downtown area, spewing exhaust fumes.
    Pedestrians have NO RIGHT OF WAY in the streets AT ALL in Puerto Vallarta – this is not true in many other historic cities in Mexico. This MUST BE corrected.

    1. Patricia Lestz

      Wow, Oliver I couldn’t agree more with all of your comments. I love Vallarta and
      sing it’s praises often. As an older woman who lives there 5 months a year the lack
      of Porters is a real problem. Not only does it effect the travelers in the airport but
      also took jobs away from people who needed them

  4. THEN GET THE TAXIS TO STOP ROBBING TOURIST.. 50 PESO TO GO DOWN TOWN AND 150 TO GO THE SAME WAY BACK.. THEY SEE GRINGO AND THE PRICE DOUBLES!! NOT ALL TAXIS ARE BAD BUT MANY ARE KILLING THE WORK THAT OTHERS DO..


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