This month Puerto Vallarta plays host to Mexico’s most important travel industry event – Tianguis Turistico. After thirty plus years of the convention being hosted in Acapulco, Mexico made the decision to move the conference to different destinations around the country each year. First up, Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit won the right to host Tiangus Turistico 2012.
The official dates of the conference are March 25-28, but the city is planning a much bigger fiesta. Here are a few noteworthy events to consider if you are planning to attend the conference or even if your time overlaps with the celebration of Mexican tourism.
Vallarta Wine Fest 2012
Each year, Puerto Vallarta holds a wine festival and this year the committee decided to move the event from February (in 2011) to coincide with the Tianguis event. So all the lucky visitors will have the opportunity to be part of the Vallarta Wine Festival.
After an initial ceremony at the court yard outside city hall, the pariticipating restuarants will offer wine tastings and pairings. The festival is slated for March 22nd – March 27th.
Tianguis Restaurant Week
It is widely believed that Puerto Vallarta provides the best cuisine and restaurant scene outside of the capital city. Whether it’s international fine dining or the local tacos al pastor, visitors always leave satisfied if not with a few extra pounds too. And for the Tianguis conference many of the same restaurants involved in the Puerto Vallarta and Rivieria Nayarit Restaurant Week 2011 are offering specials.
Normally run the last two weeks of May, this special Restaurant Week for the Tianguis Turistico conference will have many of the fine dinning restaurants are offering three course meals at steep discounts. Make sure you make your reservations.
The New Malecón Celebration
Puerto Vallarta’s newly renovated Malecon is much of the talk of the town this year. A recent visit has me giving the new pedestrian only walkway two thumbs up. A stroll passed the seaside sculptures, the sounds, smells, and sights of the ocean all combined with the local Mexican flare is always a great way to spend an afternoon.
On Monday March 26th starting at 8pm, the city will provide a fireworks display along with songs from the famous Mariachi Vargas. It’s an event not to be missed.
Registrations for the conference are up from last year as the event approaches later this month, and the co-hosts Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit are making sure all visitors get to experience all the destination has to offer. If you are attending – have fun (and I might see you there).
Photos: Wine Photo by Craig Zabransky. Logos provided by the tourism board.