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No cars is reason for sales dive on Vallarta malecon, business owners say

Business owners on Puerto Vallarta’s revamped, pedestrian-only malecon are pleading with the state and city governments to allow traffic back on to the street adjoining the port’s boardwalk at certain times.

Trade has dropped off significantly since the Malecon was refurbished and vehicles and buses rerouted onto other streets, the business owners say.

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The decline of businesses in the center appears even more worrying, given that international tourism to Puerto Vallarta has actually increased by 18.4 percent in 2014, according to government statistics.