by Michael J. Shapiro | July 29, 2011

Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit will jointly host next year's Tianguis Turístico, a selection committee announced yesterday in Mexico City. It will mark the first time that the tourism convention and trade show, Mexico's largest, will be held in a location other than Acapulco, where it has been based for the last 36 years. Following this year's show in March, Mexico's ministry of tourism announced that the event would go out for bid on an annual basis to other domestic sites. The 2012 joint hosts of Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit, representing the states of Jalisco and Nayarit, respectively, beat out 17 other proposals. Together, the winning pair offers 29,000 hotel rooms, as well as Puerto Vallarta's recently built 162,000-square-foot International Convention Center. Puerto Vallarta is home to the region's airport. The Riviera Nayarit, a stretch of coastline that begins just north of Jalisco, includes destinations such as Nuevo Vallarta, Punta de Mita, Bucerías, Sayulita, San Francisco and the new, government-subsidized development of Litibú. The city of Puebla will host the 2013 event, followed by Cancún and the Riviera Maya in 2014, the committee announced.