Planning event participation in Puerto Vallarta will be easier for attendees at the upcoming AIBTM tradeshow scheduled June 11-13 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board will be represented by a delegation of hoteliers, including Melia Vallarta, Westin Puerto Vallarta, Velas Vallarta as well as Puerto Vallarta’s International Convention Center and will be under the Mexico Tourism Board’s stand at booth number 833.
Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s leading MICE destinations because of its world-class infrastructure and superior professional services along with its proximity to key markets in the United States and Canada. The city’s hotel network offers 20,784 rooms, with well over half being 4-star-plus properties as well as historical boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, private homes and condominiums, and three new resorts from international chains Hilton and AM Resorts.
The Puerto Vallarta’s International Convention Center is the destination’s state-of-the-art facility for conventions and exhibitions. With an investment estimated at $ 43 million, it occupies 42 acres and offers over 105,000 square feet of flexible indoor meeting and exhibition space as well as 400,000 square feet of outdoor event space; it is five minutes away from the airport and 10 minutes away from Puerto Vallarta’s major hotels and historic downtown.
Gran Salon Vallarta, the convention center’s main meeting hall, offers 54,000 square feet of space and can be subdivided into eight fully equipped, sound-proofed rooms. The complex offers 670 parking spaces as well as a separate lot reserved exclusively for up to 50 motor coaches. The convention center also offers a host of services required by large groups such as an exhibition area, private meeting rooms, simultaneous translation equipment, a research center, cafeteria, a cultural and educational center, workshop, the latest technology, and first class service in elegant surroundings.
The Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center has reported a 20 percent increase in attendance for events taking place in the venue in comparison to their previous celebration. The Puerto Vallarta convention center is the only venue in the world that maintains a naturally protected area of 415 acres and funded by the income generated through events held in the building. More than 250 animal species call Estero el Salado home.
Holding an event in Puerto Vallarta and Mexico in general can be beneficial to the budget. As part of Miscellaneous Tax Provisions Act published on May 30, 2005, foreign entities holding events in Puerto Vallarta do not pay taxes for services provided for a meeting, convection or fairs in Mexico. Meetings in Mexico are also fully tax deductible in the United States and Canada.