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PV Convention Center No.3 on List of Mexico's Top 10

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April 24, 2014

PVICC is the only convention center in the world adjacent to a natural protected ecological area. The 415 acre estuary, Estero el Salado, is maintained by revenue from events held at the convention center.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - The Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center (PVICC) is just four and a half years old, but it already is making a name for itself in the international event community.

For the past three years, it has been recognized in the conventions market magazine Mercado De Convenciones' (MDC) Readers Choice Awards as one of Mexico's top 10 convention centers. This year, it was No. 3 on that list.

While speaking outside the building to Patricia Farias-Barlow, CEO at PVICC, a hawk was seen flying overhead. "Thatís Harry," said Farias-Barlow. "He was adopted by us, and heís not completely wild."

PVICC is the only convention center in the world adjacent to a natural protected ecological area. The 415 acre estuary, Estero el Salado, is maintained by revenue from events held at the convention center. Its an area that is vital to the ecology of Puerto Vallarta and the bay.

Farias-Barlow said that the PVICC is focused on attracting conventions and corporate meetings of 2,200 attendees and below.


The convention center has 105,000 square feet of flexible meeting and exhibition space. Gran Salon Vallarta, the Convention Centerís 'column free' main meeting hall, offers close to 54,000 sq. ft. of space and can be subdivided into eight fully equipped, soundproofed rooms.

PVICC is equipped with 160MB free Wi-Fi. For events requiring a more advanced solution, a fiber optic network has been installed in the facility and events need only pay for the link.

Farias-Barlow said the center is set up to service events with infrastructure needs at a very low cost. "We decided we are not here to make money on the Internet," she added.

Puerto Vallartaís airport has 25 direct flights from the United States and Canada - most of the United States is just a four hour flight away - and is located just five minutes from the Convention Center.

The city also has more than 20,000 hotel rooms available. A major plus for event organizers is the fact that those 20,000 hotel rooms offer a wide range of price points for their attendees.

Puerto Vallarta was dubbed "the friendliest city in the world", and once youíve been there, youíll see it is a claim thatís hard to argue with.

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