Demographic and urban impacts of tourism policies in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


  • Erika Cardenas El Colegio de Jalisco


Tourism Policies, Metropolitan Area, Population Growth, Urban Growth


This paper has two objectives: the first is to review tourism policies that have been implemented in the Mexican coastal municipality of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, and the second is to analyze demographic and urban impacts of these policies in the selected territory. Undoubtedly, Puerto Vallarta has recorded in the last 30 years robust tourism, high population increases and urban growth. The same dynamic is present in the neighboring municipality of Bahía de Banderas, located across the state line in Nayarit, forming today a metropolitan area of interstate character.


Author Biography

  • Erika Cardenas, El Colegio de Jalisco

    Erika Cardenas is professor of Geopolitics at El Colegio de Jalisco with an interest in metropolitan area and tourism. Her current research focuses on demographic and urban impacts of tourism in Acapulco, Guerrero; Cancun, Quintana Roo and Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. 







How to Cite

“Demographic and urban impacts of tourism policies in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico” (2018) e-Review of Tourism Research, 15(2/3). Available at: (Accessed: 28 May 2024).

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