For the first time in six-months the US State Department has updated their travel advisory to Mexico. The most recent update includes the green light for Puerto Vallarta, Vallarta-Nayarit, and Guadalajara.
“There is no recommendation against travel to Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. There is also no recommendation against travel on principal highways in Jalisco between Guadalajara including the portions that cross into the southern portions of the state of Nayarit” reads the advisory, and continues to include Vallarta-Nayarit as safe travel destinations.
“There is no recommendation against travel to the Vallarta-Nayarit area in the southern portion of the state known as the Riviera Nayarit, Tepic, Xalisco, and San Blas, or to principal highways in the southern portion of the state used to travel from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta” the advisory concludes for the State of Nayarit.
Over the past several years major tourist destinations in Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta, have struggled to get the message out that visiting Mexico is still safe. The US media has focused much of its attention on cartel violence, kidnapping, and illegal immigration, leaving a mark on Mexico’s tourism.
This year Mexico has seen dramatic improvements in tourism with a 19% increase during the first-half of 2014. The further validation from the US State Department that Puerto Vallarta is safe comes as a relief for the residence and businesses that rely on a thriving tourism industry.