The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board to Exhibit at AIBTM

International Convention Center and Hoteliers Exhibit with Mexico Tourism Board

PRLog (Press Release)Jun. 7, 2013MANHATTAN, N.Y.The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board will be exhibiting at this year’s AIBTM Expo taking place at the McCormick Place in Chicago from June 11-13. The destination will be represented by a delegation of hoteliers, including Melia Vallarta, Westin Puerto Vallarta, Velas Vallarta as well as Puerto Vallarta’s International Convention Center and will be under the Mexico Tourism Board’s stand, number 833.
Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s leading MICE destinations because of its world-class infrastructure and superior professional services along with its proximity to key markets in the US and Canada. Enriched by Mexican heritage, this charming seaport has colonial-era roots and is framed by the lush Sierra Madre mountain range and the Pacific waters of the Bandera’s Bay, providing some of the most unique settings for corporate events. Meetings held in Puerto Vallarta have consistently brought 20% more attendees to events than at their previous meeting location.
This year the destination will be holding a hosted site visit titled: Vallarta Meetings, from July 9-12, a special educational trip where Puerto Vallarta´s MICE industry will host 15 US and Canadian meeting planners to experience the diverse infrastructure and services that are available in Puerto Vallarta and can ensure that any event or meeting is a success. The special agenda will be offered 3 times a year to prospective MICE specialists. To learn more on this initiative please visit http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1467816-c2p1XjhNcd
MEETINGS AND INCENTIVES TRAVEL IN PUERTO VALLARTA AIR ACCESS
Puerto Vallarta’s Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) handled over 1.2 million passengers in 2012, with over 2,000 direct flights coming from the US and Canada (SECTUR). The airfield is capable of handling 40 takeoffs and landings per hour. The airport terminal has 16 active gates, with an additional six in a recently completed terminal extension project.
HOTEL INFRASTRUCTURE The city’s hotel network offers 20,784 rooms, with well over half being 4-star-plus properties as well as historical boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, private homes and condominiums, and three new resorts from international chains Hilton and AM Resorts.
PUERTO VALLARTA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER The Puerto Vallarta’s International Convention Center is the destination’s state-of-the-art facility for conventions and exhibitions. With an investment estimated at US$ 43 million, it occupies 42 acres and offers over 105,000 square feet of flexible indoor meeting and exhibition space as well as 400,000 square feet of outdoor event space; it is five minutes away from the airport and 10 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta’s major hotels and historic downtown.
Gran Salon Vallarta, the Convention Center’s main meeting hall, offers 54,000 square feet of space and can be subdivided into eight fully equipped, sound-proofed rooms. The complex offers 670 car parking spaces as well as a separate lot reserved exclusively for motor coaches, accommodating up to 50. The Convention Center also offers a host of services required by large groups such as an exhibition area, private meeting rooms, simultaneous translation equipment, a research center, cafeteria, a cultural and educational center, workshop, the latest technology, and first class service in elegant surroundings. The Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center has reported a 20% increase in attendance for events taking place in the venue in comparison to their previous celebration. The Puerto Vallarta convention center is the only venue in the world that maintains a natural protected area of 415 acres, from the income generated by events held in the building, over 250 animal species call Estero el Salado home.
0% VAT FOR INTERNATIONAL CONGRESSES, CONVENTIONS, FAIRS AND EXHIBITIONS
Holding an event in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico in general can be beneficial to the budget. As part of Miscellaneous Tax Provisions Act published on May 30, 2005, foreign entities holding events in PV do not pay taxes for services provided for a meeting, convection or fairs in Mexico. Meetings in Mexico are also fully tax deductible in  the USA and CANADA. Guests can also benefit from tax free shopping (taxback.com)

Meetings and Conventions Hotels From luxury boutique properties to large beachfront resorts, Puerto Vallarta can accommodate meetings and incentives groups of all sizes.

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