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Banderas News Brief and Vallarta Events

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. We’ve put together a brief overview of some of this week’s Mexico news headlines, a popular local attraction, and some of PV’s favorite ongoing events.

Mexico Plans Investment of $18 Billion in Tourism

Mexico plans to invest about $18 billion dollars in tourism over the next two and a half years, based on private enterprise, Secretary of Tourism Miguel Torruco confirmed last week. In statements to reporters, Torruco explained that 2,600 projects will be executed with this amount in 24 states. The areas that will capture the largest investment will be Baja California Sur, Nayarit, Jalisco, Yucatan and Quintana Roo. He reported that these tourism projects will create 91,000 direct jobs, which will boost activity and benefit the local population. Torruco commented that the works in this sector, in addition to those contemplated in others, will result in development and economic growth. He mentioned that foreign direct investment in tourism in the third quarter of this year was $898 million, an increase of 49.3 percent compared to the same period in 2018, and represented three percent of the total for that indicator.

Discovering the Vallarta Botanical Gardens
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When planning a family vacation, Puerto Vallarta is an ideal destination to keep in mind. With several family-friendly all-inclusive resorts and plenty of activities to do, both parents and children of all ages are able to find something they enjoy in this location. If you’re looking for a memorable activity during the trip, consider checking out the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Located about 40 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta, this 64-acre botanical garden offers families a chance to reconnect with each other while connecting with nature. Visiting this attraction is a great way for families to enjoy something both healthy and fun together. During this day trip, people can expect to do a bit of hiking, take in the beautiful flowers, trees and cacti and observe birds and insects, in addition to getting lots of fresh air. Visitors to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens can dine at La Hacienda de Oro. This restaurant offers an incredible view of the grounds, great service and delicious food. If a trip to this local attraction is on your itinerary, remember to pack insect repellent and wear comfortable shoes for walking.

Mexico’s First AI Hub Aims to Create Real-World Benefits

Monterrey Institute of Technology has launched Mexico’s first artificial intelligence (AI) hub, with a mission to promote the technology-enabled social good, backed by global firms and foreign universities. In January, the hub began to take shape at Tec de Monterrey’s Guadalajara campus, with stakeholders considering goals that included business applications such as UX/UI design and digital transformation. Since then, several foreign firms have taken note, leading to partnerships with Intel and IBM and the financial support of the Inter-American Development Bank. Tec de Monterrey also forged exchange programs with Beijing Institute of Technology and French computer science research institute Inria. “We expect that there will be an exchange of researchers and grad students to and from those prestigious institutions,” Enrique Cortés Rello, director of the AI Hub at Tec de Monterrey, said. “The more we learn, the better.” While the overall industrial focus continues to take shape, with promising AI applications ranging from healthcare to precision agriculture to fintech, Tec de Monterrey and its partners focus on utilizing AI research for social benefit.

Ongoing Events in Puerto Vallarta and Around Banderas Bay
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• It’s Whale Watching Season in Puerto Vallarta
• Free Malecón Sculpture Walking Tours
• 2019-2020 Vallarta Centro Historico ArtWalk
• Puerto Vallarta South Side Shuffle

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