Puerto Vallarta’s Tourism Board Maintains Highly Awarded Infrastructure
The first six months of 2014 have granted Puerto Vallarta a number of awards and recognitions, celebrating the destination and its infrastructure high quality services and tourism offerings.
Tripadvisor’s consumer base of more than 2 million monthly users have once again voted Puerto Vallarta onto their list of overall best destinations, this year coming in at #2 overall best Mexican destination for the 2014 Traveler’s Choice Award. The Traveler’s Choice Awards are of great significance because each destination must earn the award as a result of maintaining at least a 4-star average score from consumers in both their hotels and restaurants over the course of 12 months.
With a variety of places to fit any budget, the destination’s lodging options include leading hotel chains, all-inclusive resorts, haciendas, boutique hotels and much more. Local hotels such as - Barceló, Casa Magna Marriott, Casa Cupula, Friendly Vallarta, Garza Blanca, Golden Crown Paradise, Hotel Catedral, Melia, Posada de Roger, Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta, Sunset Plaza, The Westin and Villa Premiere; have earned Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in previous years for their constant high ratings on the site and subsequent placement on the company’s top-performing 10% of all business worldwide.
In recent months, AAA also granted Puerto Vallarta’s hotels some accolades when it granted the Four Diamond Award to Villa Premiere (9 years in a row), Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta (2 years in a row), Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort (2 years in a row), the Westin Resort and Spa, which has held the distinction for over 21 years. CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa was also given AAA Four Diamond Rating for the 23 consecutive year.
With 40 miles of diverse terrain, Puerto Vallarta’s offers attractions ranging from water sports to the longest zip-line in Mexico to appeal to the adventurous. In June, the stunning beaches of Puerto Vallarta's Southern shores were awarded Blue Flag Certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education's (FEE) international jury of environmentalists. The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety & Other Services. As it stands now Palmares Beach just south of Puerto Vallarta, is the only beach in Banderas Bay to be Blue Flag certified through July 2015. Blue Flag’s sister certification program Green Key, which aims to increase sustainable and eco-friendly tourism awarded Puerto Vallarta’s Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center with a green key for its commitment to conservation and protection on its ecological surroundings.
CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa and Casa Velas Hotel Boutique received TAG approval for their LGBT-inclusive offerings and atmosphere. They join other TAG approved properties Hotel Mercurio, Secrets Vallarta Bay and Villa Verano & the Puerto Vallarta Beach Club.
Puerto Vallarta is one of the most acclaimed destinations in Mexico and continually receives accolades from the media and visitors alike. US News & World Reports selected Puerto Vallarta in Jan 2014 as "#2 Best Place to Visit in Mexico”. Puerto Vallarta also went on in Jan 2014 chosen as "#3 Best Beaches in Mexico and #4 Best Spring break Destination" by the US News & World Reports. The destination was also named Mexico's #5 under the "Top Cities in Mexico and Central and South America" category in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards in 2013. Puerto Vallarta’s Casa Magna was also rated #8 in the Top 10 Resorts in the Pacific Riviera as chosen by readers of the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler magazine.