Puerto Vallarta is proud to be the host destination for the Seventh World Economic Forum on Latin America Summit. Located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, where the states of Jalisco and Nayarit meet, Puerto Vallarta lies in the heart of Banderas Bay. It offers the best of two worlds: tradition and vanguard, making Vallarta a window to the world. Following are some features to consider in developing stories featuring Puerto Vallarta, where Mexico comes to life:

Investing in Puerto Vallarta: Mexico offers the perfect alternative market for investments thanks to NAFTA trade agreement, favorable changes in Mexican investment regulations, tourist developments in very desirable areas, allowable tax deductions by the IRS, close proximity to the United States, moderate climate, a stable economy and a much lower cost of living. Puerto Vallarta is among the top ten most visited beach destinations in Mexico, with over 3.5 million total visitors in 2011.

Infrastructure investments revitalize Puerto Vallarta: Within the past two years, the city of Puerto Vallarta has invested $900 million pesos in public works utilizing a combination of federal, state and municipal funds. Among these is the complete renovation of the seaside walkway, the malecón, considered to be the most important tourism investment in the past 20 years. Other public works in progress include the construction of the third bridge over the Ameca River, the new Los Muertos pier and the $70-million-peso upgrade of Highway 200 to make Puerto Vallarta more easily accessible.

Retirement in Puerto Vallarta: Easy access from the United States and Canada make it a preferred location for retiring North Americans, complemented by the existence of

American-standard hospitals and health care; modern infrastructure, and a full array of services and amenities which make it both user-friendly and affordable. Puerto Vallarta is home to an existing and growing community of expats.

Destination meetings: Puerto Vallarta is a smart meetings destination, with full services and facilities for hosting meetings, retreats and conventions. It is home to a new $43 million USD state-of-the-art International Convention Center as well as a full complement of services, meeting locations, lodging, and excursions for all types and sizes of groups.

Puerto Vallarta: Committed to Safety: Puerto Vallarta is committed to ensuring the safety and security of its residents and visitors, and has undertaken a number of initiatives to this end, including the reinstatement of the Tourism Police Program (Summer 2011), the initiation of a “Taxi Safe” crime notification system (February 2012), and the establishment of a National Security partnership agreement signed between the State Federation and the municipality of Puerto Vallarta in which the city was allocated $10 million pesos as part of the Municipal Public Security Grant (SUBSEMUN) program. The City of Puerto Vallarta has twice the national standard of policemen (2.0 per 1000 Pop.) required by the Federal Government to qualify for federal subsidies.

All work and no play? Not in Vallarta: This charming port is filled with restaurants featuring international cuisines, first class spas, championship golf courses, round the clock entertainment, a historical and picturesque downtown full of rich cultural traditions, extraordinary art galleries, plentiful shopping and any number of outdoor activities both on land and sea.

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