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Will the 2012 Tianguis Turistico be in Puerto Vallarta?

by Craig Zabransky on June 8, 2011

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The word “tianguis” comes from the Nahuatl language of the Aztec Empire. It translates into Open Market, but inside Mexico, Tianguis translates into country’s largest tourism fair – Tianguis Turistico.

For the last 36 years, since inception, thousands of travel agents and the industry players from all over the world travel to warm up in the Acapulco sun. There over a long weekend filled with conferences, presentation halls, and famous fiestas the agents meet and greet Mexico tourism in an effort to familiarize themselves with airlines, hotels, attractions and all the available destinations inside Mexico – the old and the new.

Recently, Mexico’s Tourism Board decided to hold Tianguis Turistico 2012 in another city. But where?  Many destinations from all across Mexico believe they can truly benefit from hosting the event. Puerto Vallarta is one of the eighteen who applied for the honor.

With all the travel agents visiting a new destination, the location will have a chance to demonstrate why tourists should come there first hand. And no question Puerto Vallarta and Riveria Nayarit could show them many reasons; culture, cuisine, beaches, adventure, luxury, value, and of course most importantly a great time.

Originally I learned the decision was expected on June 15th of this month, however, I recently discovered  the decision will be put on hold as the Acapulco municipalities appealed the change. The Mexico Supreme Court will hear the case and ruled the Mexico Tourism ministry will make no decision until after the case is heard. This might take months.

But even with the decision to change venues in the courts you can still voice your opinion.From reading the BanderasNews on-line, I learned you can vote for the destination at TurEspacio.com. Sure the site is in Spanish, but you can see the poll on the right column of the web page. Puerto Vallarta was in second when I voted, so it could use some more votes.

photos: Tianguis courtsey of Tianguis

Craig travels around the world to write tales of travel aimed to encourage and inspire others to take and make adventure in their life. And after calling Mexico home for over a year, it secured a special place in his heart. He continues to return often and often considers it his second home. You can find more of his travels on his Stay Adventurous site and follow him on his Twitter: @stayadventurous..
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  • All about Laurie

    I have attended the “tianguis” in Acapulco and it was a great time. I think Puerto Vallarta is a great choice but there are many other wonderful places in Mexico. Why don’t you conduct your own poll?

  • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ Craig Zabransky

    Yes, PV would be a great choice. And I totally agree, Mexico has so many other great options too; so many destinations would be a great host. Well, let’s see what happens. Perhaps if it moves, it will rotate between a few destinations with PV being one of them.

    stay adventurous, Craig

  • Marivic

    I think it would be fair & beneficial to Mexico tourism itself if they rotate the venue every year. Every city should be given a chance to showcase their own.

  • Stuart Brock

    I agree with Marivic! Rotating such an event would force many travel agents and companies to experience some of Mexico’s other great travel destinations.

  • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ Craig Zabransky

    Well it seems Marivic and Stuart, you received your wish. It will rotate around the country and first up in Puerto Vallarta for 2012. Now the question is will Vallarta make a good host? I say – Yes.
    http://www.allaboutpuertovallarta.com/blog/will-puerto-vallarta-be-a-good-host-for-tianguis-2012/

    stay adventurous, Craig

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