PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- As many as five resorts and
approximately 1,600 rooms remain closed in Puerto Vallarta after
sustaining water damage in the wake of Hurricane Kenna, which
roared ashore near Puerto Vallarta Oct 25.
Carlos de Leon, director of the Puerto Vallarta Convention and
Visitors Bureau, identified the hotels as the Sun Resort, Las
Palmas, Continental Plaza, Pescador Hotel and Rosita Hotel.
Dennis Whitelaw, president of the Puerto Vallarta Hotel
Association, said officials still were assessing the damage to the
tourism infrastructure, but he expected the affected properties
would be completely operational within one to eight weeks.
"The good news is that only about 5% of our businesses,
including restaurants and shops, were affected," said Whitelaw.
Meanwhile, no cruise ships were diverted or canceled their
Puerto Vallarta calls.