Office of Gender Equality Inaugurated in Vallarta
Team Angels/Gerardo Gonzalez - Vallarta Opina
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April 7, 2017

Authorities, officials and guests inaugurated the Office of Gender Equality

Puerto Vallarta is making steady progress in building an inclusive, plural and diverse citizenship, said Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña, at the inauguration of the Office of Gender Equality, attention and tourist orientation to social diversity, in the Lázaro Cárdenas Park.

The Mayor stressed that with this office, the Municipal Government joins the promotion work carried out by both the State Tourism Secretariat and the Tourism Trust, to favor the different segments of travelers.

"We recognize the importance of providing conditions conducive to the development of people, attending in a very special way to those who seek tourist destinations where they can relax and feel comfortable in building ties of communication and respect for human rights," he said.

The mayor said that the reason for inaugurating an office of Gender Equality in Puerto Vallarta is to continue to build a friendly destination, for which "we have already taken very important steps, such as the establishment of marriages of couples of the same gender, that materialized since March of last year in creating 42 unions in our city.

This office comes to fulfill a huge series of demands that the lesbian, gay, transsexual, bisexual, transgender, intersexual communities, both locally and abroad, have been petitioning the different governments.

"In this City Hall we will be aware that human rights are respected. With this office they will have advice to guide them and help have a more peaceful life in Puerto Vallarta, a support that is very necessary for all of us," he said.

Growth Market

For his part, the President of the Association of Commerce and Tourism of the LGBT community in Puerto Vallarta, Genaro Mendoza Cruz, stressed that in 2016 Mexico attracted 2.9 million LGBT tourists, with an economic spurt of 765 dollars per person, which exceeds in 60% to other types of tourists. It represents 10% of the international tourism in our country and in Puerto Vallarta the percentage is quite superior.

He said that in conjunction with the University of Guadalajara a study is conducted to know exactly what the economic spill of that segment and how it affects the local economy, which would be released next month.

"This office will help us serve LGBT tourism much better, we want them to feel safe and in case of a mishap they are given help quickly and efficiently, not discriminated against," he added.

Later Arturo Dávalos signed a manifesto addressed to the Vallartenses in which explains that since its consolidation as an international tourist destination, this city has been characterized by providing hospitality, friendliness and high standards of quality to all its visitors.

"Thanks to the interaction, coexistence and cultural exchange with the tourists, we have made important advances in the creation of an inclusive, plural and diverse citizenship. Puerto Vallarta is today a city where we consider the respect for differences through dignified, respectful and equal treatment for all people, regardless of nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity to be of primary concern."

Translated and edited by Team Angels

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