Thanks for posting this link! I hope everyone with questions has a chance to read it! We should make this a sticky at the top.
Thank you Sersol, for posting that. Really good information. Hope it helps.
It's a study paid for by the PV Tourist Board. I've no doubt that the conclusions are substantially true but, seriously folks, what did you expect it to say?!
Thanks a lot Steve. Really classy.
For those who don´t know, Sersol is a Mexican who has no vested whatsoever in pushing Puerto Vallarta safety. They vacation here and in lots of other places in Mexico. He knows Mexico, a whole lot better than 99% of the posters on TA let me tell you.
I understand reading it and taking that into account, however I suppose if the report didn't come out on the positive side the tourist board could have chosen to keep it under wraps.
I also think the company that did the report has an important reputation to protect, so it seems reasonable to assume they wouldn't falsify a report.
To clarify - I meant no disrespect to Sersol who merely posted the report (he didn't write it). It is a fact of life that reports paid for by a vested interest tend to give results beneficial to that interest (whether justified or not). I think the countless accounts from visitors to PV on here (who have no vested interest) are actually worth more than the report. Just my opinion.
I don't think there can any disputing the "bottom line" of the study ...
>>>>Overall the study found that visitors to the destination feel safe and continue to visit Puerto Vallarta numerous times through their lifetime and that the destination’s support services are well above the average standards and dedicated to serving the visiting public.<<<<
I tend to agree with Kansas on this one, as well as Steve.
Yes - it's very good news, and confirms what many of us here have been saying to people for a very long time. It's a positive step (hopefully) in the right direction to turn back the tide of some of this negative and false publicity generated by what I can only call an extremely lazy and bored media.
Kansas raises a very valid point. The company that did the study does have a vested interest in keeping their language and results neutral sounding, even though the ultimate conclusion is a positive. They have a pretty stellar global reputation for these kinds of studies, and I for one am pleased that PV Tourism hired someone of this calibre to do it rather than some hack...or worse, ignoring the issue altogether and hoping it just went away of its own accord.
So Steve has a valid point in saying that it's nice for it to be positive because it benefits PV (and Mexico), but if the report had not been positive, would we have ever seen it? Probably not...so it's important not to treat this study like the gospel. This is good - first hand accounts are better.
If it helps bring one more person to PV, then it's a good thing. I feel that the same kind of travelers that believe "surface" reports posted in the negative press may pay attention to the "surface" type of report that this is (IMHO). So I choose not to focus on the "paid" aspect of it; rather to agree that I still find PV a very safe place to visit and a place that I plan to return to again and again.