Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - There's always so much going on in Puerto Vallarta and around the Republic, it can be difficult to keep up with it all. Here's a look at some of this week's Vallarta news headlines, some breaking Mexico news stories, and a few upcoming local events you won't want to miss.
International Companies Investing in Jalisco
As a result of the competitive advantages of Jalisco, 38 international companies confirmed expansion projects or their arrival to this state in the last year and a half. The Secretary for Economic Development (Sedeco), José Palacios Jiménez, said that investments coming to the state are mainly from the automotive, electronics, food, aeronautic, and aerospace industries, and following the energy reform, renewable energy enterprises such as biogas, wind and solar have also joined. In the first quarter of 2014, Jalisco managed to attract foreign direct investment for $ 150 million. According to estimates by Sedeco, the state could capture this year an investment of one billion dollars, 35% more than that recorded in 2013, which were $645 million. Read more at maquilafind.com.
The British Are Coming! (To The Riviera Nayarit)
It's been only three months since the launch of the two direct flights from Manchester and London to the Vallarta-Nayarit International Airport, and already British tourists make up 3% of the total of visitors to the Riviera Nayarit. According to the daily surveys conducted by the research department of the Riviera Nayarit CVB, Brits are clamoring to get on the new flights to this destination. Previously, tourists to the Riviera Nayarit were divided among Mexicans, Canadians and Americans, with 1% made up of other nationalities. During the first semester of 2013, this translated into 67% from Mexico, 25% from the United States and 7% from Canada, with the remaining 1% visiting from the rest of the world. By 2014, the same time period showed that now, thanks to these flights, the influx of British tourists has increased over that of other countries that lack the facilities to travel to this destination. The percentages changed accordingly: Mexican tourists made up 66% of the total, those from the US made up 20%, Canadians 9%, Britons 3% with 1% remaining for the rest of the countries around the world.
Five Rescued by Vallarta Lifeguards on Wednesday
According to the Deputy Director of the Municipal Coordination of Civil Protection, Firemen and Lifeguards, Sergio Ramírez López, five people were rescued by Puerto Vallarta lifeguards Wednesday afternoon, including a young woman with scrapes on body after being dragged by the strong current, a surfer who dislocated his shoulder, and three other people with minor injuries. That same afternoon on Los Muertos Beach, police removed a 17-year-old boy after he attacked the lifeguards who prevented him from entering the water. Around 3:30 pm a 45-year-old woman drowned after getting caught up in the strong currents at Flamingos beach. A lifeboat was dispatched and she was brought to the Los Muertos Pier, where an ambulance was waiting to take her to the CMQ hospital in Colonia Emiliano Zapata. Despite rescue attempts, doctors declared the unidentified woman dead 30 minutes later. Ramirez Lopez lamented the case of the dead woman and noted that due to unusually rough sea conditions intensive surveillance is being carried out on local beaches, and Civil Protection is working in coordination with the security staff at Banderas Bay area hotels to ensure that information and warnings are given to guests, thus preventing further incidents. Finally, he urged the public to comply with the recommendations and avoid going to the beaches, many of which have been closed since Wednesday to avoid situations that endanger lives.
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