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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkNews from Around Banderas Bay | April 2008 

Vallarta Maritime Terminal Expansion
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As one of the most popular ports of call for cruise ships on Mexico's Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta recently completed an ambitious renovation and expansion.
 
All around the world, the cruise industry is booming. According to "Cruise Industry News," not only are passenger numbers increasing worldwide, but in terms of new ships, "bigger is better" seems to be the trend. However, the size of new ships largely depends on the infrastructure ashore.

As one of the most popular ports of call for cruise ships on Mexico's Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta recently completed an ambitious renovation and expansion of the port's facilities under strict safety and environmental standards.

The cruise port is now able to simultaneously accommodate three full-size cruise ships. Each dock can accommodate ships up to 311 meters (1020 feet) long. In 2007, 240 cruise ships docked in Puerto Vallarta bringing over 540,000 passengers to the destination, and 275 arrivals are planned for 2008 bringing an estimated 589,000 passengers, a 15% annual increase over 2007.

According to Francisco Martinez Narvaez, general manager for Administracion Portuaria Integral, or API, the company that oversees our Maritime Terminal, "since other destinations on the Pacific Riviera depend on Puerto Vallarta's popularity, the efficiency of our terminal affects the entire cruise circuit."

Currently, the Port Authority is conducting a feasibility study to determine whether Puerto Vallarta could operate as a home port. A new world-class terminal building has also been designed and is currently under construction.

Additional docking areas have also been added for smaller vessels offering a steadily increasing number of tourist excursions in Banderas Bay. For more information, visit ApiVta.com.

Material from the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board and VirtualVallarta.com is included in this report.
As one of Mexico's most attractive destinations, Puerto Vallarta's steady growth has been accompanied by improved services, an extensive expansion of its infrastructure and an increasing number of cultural activities to better serve both the growing number of travelers who visit Puerto Vallarta every year, and the city's ever-growing population.

Click on the links below for more information.

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Vallarta Maritime Terminal Expansion

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