Puerto Vallarta’s tourism industry has rebounded, with an estimated 200,000 people making their way to spend the Semana Santa holiday in Puerto Vallarta and its surrounding areas, marking a return to pre-covid visitor numbers.
The director of Municipal Tourism, José Ludvig Estrada Virgen, told Tribuna de La Bahía that the large number of people were filling up accommodations.
“Puerto Vallarta today is already completely full, we have had a large influx of tourism, cruise ships have also arrived… you can see people on the Malecón, the beaches, enjoying the beauty of the place,” he said.
There is no doubt tourism is back. The 200,000 matches the number of tourists and visitors that were reported in 2019.
It’s been a busy year for the city as it rebounds from the effects of Covid. Puerto Vallarta recorded 1847 flights in July, 2021, bringing in over 475,000 passengers. This is 14.4 percent higher than pre-pandemic levels for July of 2019. According to the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust, international arrivals also increased 5.9 percent for the month which was made up of mostly U.S. travelers.
In addition to the airline traffic, the port has seen an increase in the number of cruise ships that are stopping for a day or so. Some 200 cruise ships are expected to visit the city this year.
Ludvig Estrada Virgen stressed that this year has been quite good for the tourist destination, saying “after two years of it not being possible to go on vacation due to sanitary restrictions, fortunately today the city is at 100%, without neglecting the quality of the services they receive.”