The rise in tourist arrivals via maritime means indicates that Puerto Vallarta is aiming to become one of 2023’s most popular cruise destinations.
Over 350,000 people have landed at the destination this year on 112 international cruises, according to data from Puerto Vallarta’s National Port System. These data show an incredible 78% growth from the prior year and a 40% increase over the same period in 2019, which are incredibly positive trends.
This expansion will continue as it is predicted that for the rest of 2023, 59 additional ships will stop at this port, carrying over 179,000 extra passengers. As a result, there will be a total of 171 cruises arriving at the port from January until the end of the year, carrying more than 530,000 passengers. A large economic impact of roughly 722 million pesos is anticipated as a result.
Yucatán, one of the most significant cruise tourism destinations in 2023, which will receive 80 cruise ships with passengers, has been surpassed by Puerto Vallarta as a result of the city’s success as a tourist destination.
The Secretary of Tourism of Jalisco, Vanessa Pérez Lamas, expressed her happiness with these results and emphasized how each ship arrival strengthens the local economy, enhancing a variety of industries, from business to cuisine and tourism services.
Puerto Vallarta has performed well in various tourism niches aside from cruise tourism. Over 3.2 million tourists visited during the first half of the year, an increase of 8% from the same period the year before. A large economic impact of 22.3 billion pesos, or 5% more than the previous year, has been produced by this flood of tourists. Additionally, the hotel industry has expanded, with an average occupancy rate of 78%, which is 3 percentage points higher than the previous year’s records.