More than a twenty international journalists and representatives from such well-known companies as The Advocate, Travel and Leisure, OutTv, Conde Nast, BoysMx, Alaska Airlines and Bent TV, from as far away as Melbourne Australia and Quebec Canada, attended the press trip for Vallarta Pride 2016
The Bar Hop press trip on May 26, 2016 organized by Tim Wilson, owner of Gay Bar Hopping included a full schedule of the best of the gay scene in Puerto Vallarta. According to Gustavo Rivas-Solis, director of Latitudes International, the city's public relations firm, this press junket was "the largest ever to visit Puerto Vallarta for any event." Villa Savana an extraordinary 15 room luxury villa provided delicious welcome hors d'oeuvres and cocktails as a kick-off to the evening organized like a Gay Bar Hop tour. Following a photo-op at The Pulpito Drag Derby, members of the press were feted by Fusion Gourmet before hopping to several bars including---Blondies PV, Reinas, Wet Dreams, La Noche and CC Slaughter’s. The tour also included a visit to La Alhambra, the official pride opening party, one of Puerto Vallarta's newest upscale bars.
The Saturday Pride Press Conference at Almar Resort May 28, 2016 included the Pride Organizing Committee, parade Grand Marshalls Myriam Montemayor and Idan Matalon, Supermana and officials from Alaska Airlines for the first time. Alaska Airlines was the major sponsor for Vallarta Pride 2016, marched in the parade and presented the winners of the 2 Alaska Airlines raffle ticket winners.
"Gay Puerto Vallarta put her best foot forward," said Wilson. "I know from feedback the press we sponsored had a fun filled, positive image of our city and will bolster our position with the gay market, a most important tourism niche not only for Puerto Vallarta but for Mexico."
Villa Savana and Gay Bars Press Bar Hop and Parade Press Conference