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The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board recently appointed Thomas Dale & Associates (TDA), the international security company, to complete a security and threat assessment. TDA’s report, based on a visit to the destination on April 6 to April 13, found that Puerto Vallarta is one of the safest tourist destinations for international and national tourists.
Overall the TDA study found that visitors to Puerto Vallarta continue to visit the destination numerous times throughout their lifetimes — they feel safe and believe that the destination’s support services are well above the average standards and are dedicated to serving the visiting public. The TDA study found that the number of negative events involving foreigners or non-foreigners is fractional compared to the large expatriate resident population and the millions of vacationers that visit Puerto Vallarta each year. In relation to the drug wars, TDA found that the limited land transit makes the smuggling of guns and drugs through Puerto Vallarta very difficult and thus a non-issue in the destination.
TDA individually interviewed domestic as well as international tourists, American and Canadian consuls, retired ex-pats, time-share members, part-time residents, seasonal boaters, business owners, hospital administrators, gay community business representatives, health insurance professionals, taxi cab drivers, conventioneers and honeymooners. The interviews were followed up by requests to local law enforcement sources for crime data and department deployment. The Civil Protection Department was also consulted regarding natural disasters.