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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkNews from Around Banderas Bay | March 2008 

Vallarta to Host World Fireworks Fiesta
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Puerto Vallarta will host the 2009 International Fireworks Art Symposium (Mark Callanan)
 
Puerto Vallarta will be in the spotlight during the International Fireworks Symposium, scheduled to take place in Puerto Vallarta in April, 2009, for which preparations are already underway. Representatives from 300 countries are expected to participate.

At a recent press conference, Mayor Javier Bravo Carbajal said he had met with Mexican fireworks associations earlier this month, and the members of the national committee charged with organizing the event had been sworn in. China and Brazil were bidding for the event, but direct negotiations by Puerto Vallarta officials are bringing the event here.

Mayor Bravo made the announcement that as prelude to the international symposium, preparations are under way to host a national fireworks championship in May, with the participation of technicians and related companies. The championship will be a dry run of the International symposium, which, besides putting Puerto Vallarta in the limelight, will generate important revenues to the destination.

As to the meeting where the organizing committee was appointed, it was said that representatives from the states of Jalisco, Mexico State, Sonora, Tlaxcala, the city of Puerto Vallarta as host, represented by Tourism Director Marcelo Alcaraz and Civil Protection Unit Director Trinidad Lopez Rivas. Participants manifested their interest to get involved in the different aspects of the organization, promotion and logistics.

The organization of the May event was widely accepted, which will be held within the framework of the Puerto Vallarta anniversary festivities, and some ideas were laid out as to holding a national convention and competitions in the different specialties of fireworks.

The official hotel for the 11th International Fireworks Art Symposium will be the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort and Convention Center in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.




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