About Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is a top tourist resort location that still retains the true flavor of Mexico. It features Colonial architecture and world-class hotels, and sophisticated amenities. Not to mention the dream-like natural setting between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the deep blue Pacific waters. It’s considered the ideal vacation spot for the first-time Mexico visitor, while also boasting enough diversity of activities to keep people coming back again and again.
Once a sleepy fishing village, the town has grown along with the development of the hotel zone without losing its original charm. It still retains the typical flavor of its cobblestone streets and the contrast of its white houses and red-tile roofs. It also offers exciting activities: big-time sport fishing, golf, motorcycling, whale watching, art, diving, hot air balloons, surfing and more. It’s a great place for epicureans, offering gourmet restaurants for the upscale diner as well as affordable cafes for the budget traveler.
International Convention Center
It is located only 5 minutes from the International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown. It is constructed over 13 acres, comprising 4,522 sq-mt for expos in 9 halls, for events from 10 to 1,600 people. It boasts a theater, and an interactive library. It is surrounded by a large area of mangroves.
Why Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is a top Resort Destination that truly bears the authentic Mexican identity. It features Colonial architecture and world-class hotels, sophisticated amenities and a dream-like natural setting between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the deep blue Pacific waters.
It’s considered the ideal vacation spot for the first-time Mexico visitor, while also boasting enough diversity of activities to keep people coming back again and again.
Puerto Vallarta Roster
Hello, I'm Jaime Nelo
Destination Managing Director
Jaime was born in Puebla, Mexico. Ever since he was little, he has had an inborn desire to serve others. He left home with a backpack and a pair of boots when he was 17 and started a career in the Hospitality Industry. He earned a degree in Hotel Management, and has accumulated experience in first class hotels and resorts, as well as with meeting planner agencies and DMCs in Cancun, Mexico City, and Puerto Vallarta. Jaime has specialized in marketing, sales, planning, and gastronomy. Traveling is one of his passions. He speaks seven languages and is a big fan of international fine dining, either at a restaurant or in his own kitchen.
Local Attraction:He really loves to see the sunset from the boardwalk in Puerto Vallarta or while sailing across the Banderas Bay.
Recreational Activity: Reading is his passion, as well as being creative as he cooks.
Restaurant: Café Des Artistes and De Santos are his favorite restaurants in Puerto Vallarta.
Local Event: Puerto Vallarta´s Gourmet Festival is his favorite local event. It takes place yearly. Amazing new dishes are created exclusively by the host chefs and their guests from all around the globe. Anyone who claims to be a genuine bon vivant would not want to miss this event!.
Hello, I'm Ibonhe Buch
Ibonhe was born in Mexico City and it was here where she studied Social Communication. She has in her favor over 20 years of experience in tourism, sales, groups, conventions, events, and weddings. She obtained credentials while working in Los Cabos for chains such as Grupo Posadas, Melia hotels, Crown Plaza, and Grupo Solmar.
She has lived in Puerto Vallarta since 2012. In March 2015, she joined IVI DMC as a Planning and Events Manager. Due to her vast knowledge, outstanding leadership, and performance she was soon promoted to Destination Manager in March 2016.
Single at present, Ibonhe is a happy person who loves her two Bengal cats, Chance and Okan. She also enjoys traveling, swimming in the ocean and relaxing on the beach.
Local Attraction: I just love swimming and interacting with dolphins. They are such lovely creatures!.
Recreational Activity: I read a lot and I enjoy it. Amongst my favorite writers are: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Paulo Cohelo, and some others.
Restaurant: Nick-San, for its Japanese food. I love the entire menu!.
Local Event: The Puerto Vallarta annual farmers market and whale watching are among my favorite local events.
Hello, I'm Erick Añorve
Erick was born in the beautiful Port of Acapulco, in 1981. At the age of 6, he moved to Puerto Vallarta where he studied and started his early stage of life.
He is the father of 2 beautiful children, an 11-year-old girl, and a 2-year-old toddler. He enjoys going on long walks, to go to the movies and loves to practice music and sports.
Local Attraction: Erick loves the splendor of Rhythm of the Night, a show with over 50 artists on stage, performing a musical and circus show created by the co-founder of Cirque du Soleil.
Recreational Activity: He loves soccer and music which he plays 3 times a week and practices music every 2 or 3 days a week.
Restaurant: The cuisine of Puerto Vallarta offers a unique variety, without a doubt Vallarta has select restaurants, but his favorites are the Sonora Grill Prime & La Madalena.
Local Event: The processions in December are a very “Vallartense” tradition in which, the first 12 days of December the streets are closed and all the local businesses, hotels, and restaurants walk praising the Virgin of Guadalupe for a prosperous year and a better upcoming year.
Hello, I'm Roberto Mondragon
Roberto, born in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico, moved with his parents to Puerto Vallarta at the age of 9. He studied Hospitality & Gastronomy and later started working in the Travel Industry as an Airport Supervisor in the transportation sector, and soon started working at Aerocaliforia Airlines for some time.
Afterward, he joined the Travel Agency and today he is sharing his talent working as Operations Coordinator in IVI, since October 2018. His mission in IVI is to ascend to a higher rank. He enjoys his job and is a very sociable person that likes to help everyone around him plus he loves to exercise.
Local Attraction: He loves getting lost in the mountains and partaking in boat voyages.
Recreational Activity: He enjoys living with his mother, wife, and brothers.
Restaurant: Roberto enjoys seafood at the La Palapa Restaurant by the shore.
Local Event: He loves to partake in the Celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe in December.
Culture with a Modern Touch
Puerto Vallarta hosts many events each year attracting people from all over the world. Enjoy Gourmet Festival towards the end of summer with chefs from all around the world, and deep sea marlin fishing tournaments in late November with prizes to fit a king! Don't forget the local cultural events ranging from art to entertainment.
Very helpful! Full of a variety of suggestions and options. Everyone at IVI was great to work with during the pre planning. Flexible with the adjustments we made! Also very quick to respond.
Helped me know what was possible and what would fit my client’s needs best. Helped me get the quotes I needed to make my plans happen. Program went well and client was happy.
Program Great to work with to make plans. Very Knowledgeable of area. Your staff knew the plans and everything was executed well.
Ibhone was very responsive and worked to provide us multiple options with everything. Erick was great on site kept in communication always decor and entertainment were enjoyed by all. Thank you!.