Friday, January 19, 2018

Gastronomy, A Cornerstone Of Global Tourism Promotion For Nayarit And Its Riviera

Eulalio Coronado Mendoza, State Secretary of Tourism, and Marc Murphy, director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) received the award from the hands of José Carlos de Santiago, President of the Evaluating Committee of Grupo Excelencias.

  • The Riviera Nayarit received the Excelencias Turísticas 2017 award during the 2018 International Tourism Fair (FITUR).

The state of Nayarit received the Excelencias Turísticas 2017 award for Successful Use of Gastronomy as a Cornerstone of the Riviera Nayarit’s Tourism Promotion during the 18th edition of the 2018 International Tourism Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain.

Since the creation of the brand 10 years ago, gastronomy has become a key asset for the tourism promotion of the Riviera Nayarit, so much so that it shares space with strategies activated on an international scale.

Eulalio Coronado Mendoza, State Secretary of Tourism, and Marc Murphy, director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) received the award from the hands of José Carlos de Santiago, President of the Evaluating Committee of Grupo Excelencias.

The Riviera Nayarit Reinforce Ties With Europe At Madrid’s FITUR

  • From January 17-21, Mexico’s Pacific Treasure was at the Mexico Pavilion at the 38th edition of this event, a global meeting place for tourism professionals and a leader for the receptive and emitting markets of Ibero-America.

The Riviera Nayarit was present at the 38th International Tourism Fair (Fitur) in Madrid, Spain, which takes place from January 17-21, welcoming over 100 thousand international tourism industry professionals and more than 100 thousand visitors.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB), represented by their managing director, Marc Murphy, are once again at the Mexico Pavilion this year with their commercial partner, Puerto Vallarta, to present their top tourism attractions with the support of the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB).

This year’s event was also attended by Eulalio Coronado Mendoza, Minister of Tourism for Nayarit, who participated in the inauguration of the Mexico Pavilion and the Premio Excelencias Turísticas awards, presented by the Excelencias editorial group to the entity for its successful use of gastronomy as a cornerstone of its tourism promotion.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Three Nayarit Restaurants Among The Top 120 In Mexico

  • El Delfín at Garza Canela in San Blas, Carolina in The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, and Emiliano Cocina y Vino in Tepic all reasserted their positions for the third year in a row.

For the third year in a row, three Nayarit restaurants —Carolina at St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, El Delfín at Garza Canela in San Blas, and Emiliano Comida y Vino in Tepic—reasserted their positions on the list of 120 Best Restaurants in Mexico 2018 Edition in the Guía México Gastronómico, which is published by Culinaria Mexicana and sponsored by S. Pellegrino and Nespresso.

On Monday, January 15th there was a gala dinner presentation of the guide at the Mexico City St. Regis Hotel, where they also awarded the commemorative plaques.

Present were representatives of the restaurants chosen by the editorial board of voters, which is made up of the 50 most influential people in Mexico’s culinary industry, including chefs, critics, journalists and researchers, who visited the acclaimed restaurants over the course of the past year.

The Riviera Nayarit Presented The 2nd Nuevo Vallarta Car Show

  • Mexico’s Pacific Treasure supports events with a cause; over 200 cars and 1,500 classic and tuning car aficionados came together on January 13th and 14th at Nuevo Vallarta’s Business Center.

This is a passion that, far from ebbing, has only grown over the years. Classic and modified car aficionados are very special, since they go through life moving from exhibition to exhibition, showing their vehicles off with pride much the same way the did on January 13-14 at the 2nd Nuevo Vallarta Car Show.

About 250 car owners and over 1,500 fans met at the parking lot of Nuevo Vallarta’s Business Center in the Riviera Nayarit for two days to participate in this event organized by the Wolf Bugs Club to benefit the Ángeles en Libertad civil association and their campaign: “Take the lid off and donate life.”

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bucerías Extends An Invitation To Our Lady Of Peace Patron Saint Festival

  • These religious festivities are a great way to boost tourism in the Riviera Nayarit’s coastal villages.

Bucerías (place of the divers) is hosting patron saint festivities to honor Our Lady of Peace from January 16-24. This is one of the most deeply rooted traditions of this coastal village in the Riviera Nayarit. The importance of this celebration is not only social and cultural, but it has also become a tourism attraction in the destination.

There is a full program for the week, including religious services as well as sports, artistic, and cultural activities. The “big” day is on January 24th, when the fishermen and their families participate in a pilgrimage over the sea, taking the Torch of Peace from the community of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle to Bucerías, a procession that’s taken place for the past 56 years and is one of the top attractions of the festival.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit Pursues Nordic Tourism At Matka 2018

  • Matka Nordic Travel Fair is the top travel industry event in Northern Europe, and the perfect backdrop to network with the Nordic countries, the Baltic region and Russia.

The Riviera Nayarit will be present at the 2018 Matka Nordic Travel Fair, the largest travel industry event in Northern Europe and the Baltic region, taking place from January 17-21 in Helsinki, Finland.

This is the first promotional trip in 2018 for the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB), together with the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust. It’s also a very important one, as it serves to reinforce the success of the Finnair flight that has been operating since November 2017 between Helsinki and the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit region, not to mention the promotional packages put together by wholesaler Aurinkomatkat.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Escape The Cold With A Riviera Nayarit Getaway!

  • The Winter Promotions are on in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure. There are 28 hotels from Nuevo Vallarta to Rincón de Guayabitos participating with discounts from 15% up to 57%.

The RivieraNayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association launched their Seasonal Offers starting January 15, 2018, through February 7, 2018, titled “Escape the Cold.”

There are 28 hotels participating in this, the first promotion of the year, with very attractive discounts that range from 15% to 57%. The properties extend from Nuevo Vallarta to Punta de Mita and the coastal towns of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Bucerías and Rincón de Guayabitos.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2nd Nuevo Vallarta Car Show In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Over 300 cars including spectacular tuning vehicles will be in Nuevo Vallarta from January 13-14, turning heads of auto aficionados.

If you love cars, you can’t miss the 2nd Nuevo Vallarta Car Show taking place in the Riviera Nayarit on January 13-14, 2018, an event organized by the Wolfs Bugs Nuevo Vallarta club where over 300 exhibition-ready cars and motorcycles will be on display.

During a press conference on Wednesday event organizers Carlos Rodríguez and Jorge Medina, club president and vice-president, respectively, informed that over 300 vehicles will participate in this exhibition, which also sponsors a noble cause: the Asociación Civil Ángeles enLibertad, represented by Project Director Sofía de Vega.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Riviera Nayarit Resumes Beach Cleanup Network Activities

  • On Saturday, January 13th volunteer groups comprised of locals and foreigners will join in the cleanup efforts in 13 communities in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure along an area of just over 260 kilometers.

The Riviera Nayarit’s Beach Cleanup Network (BCN) will resume its activities on Saturday, January 13th, right after the holiday recess and with the support of different volunteer groups that have pledged to clean up Nayarit’s public beaches, streams and islands.

The first cleanup of 2018 coincides with the vacation period for resident foreigners, who every year pitch in with the BCN; these are visitors from Canada and the United States—mainly adults—who care about the environment and in this manner repay the hospitality they have enjoyed in this tourism destination. 

This month the cleanup actions will focus on communities including Bucerías, Playas de Huanacaxtle, La Manzanilla, Destiladeras, Punta de Mita, Higuera Blanca, Sayulita, San Pancho, Islas Marietas, La Peñita de Jaltemba, Playa Platanitos, Boca de Camichín, and the Isla de Mexcaltitán along an area of just over 260 kilometers.

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit “Flies” Towards Becoming The Top Birding Destination

  • This year’s San Blas Christmas Bird Count was very successful, revealing three new species and bringing in 33 watchers—a new assistance record.

The San Blas Christmas Bird Count took place January 2-7, 2018, with the participation of over 30 watchers from Mexico, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Italy; and accounting for 266 species and 9,591 birds on Count Day alone. During Count Week, however, they reached a total of 285 species and some 16 thousand birds.

The Christmas Bird Count has been undertaken since 1973 by the San Blas Birdwatchers Club and coordinated by Marck Stackhouse—a renowned tourist guide and photographer, with over 40 years’ experience leading birdwatching tours on the American continent—together with the Audubon Society of the United States, where the society was founded some 120 years ago.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit Validated As A Favorite With Celebrities

  • Since the creation of the tourist brand 10 years ago, the Riviera Nayarit has been a magnet for numerous celebrities both domestic and international, as well as athletes, models and influencers—and 2017 was no exception.

The Riviera Nayarit is the ideal place for those who want to visit a beautiful destination for a long getaway, one that’s discrete, surrounded by nature and, at the same time, luxurious and exclusive.

All these attractions haven’t gone unnoticed for the rich and famous who year after year choose Mexico’s Pacific Treasure to escape for a few days from the grind of touring, recording, interviewing or sports events to enjoy the sun, the beaches and its magnificent hotels.

And so in 2017 nearly 50 actors and actresses, singers, models, athletes and influencers both domestic and international arrived in the Riviera Nayarit. Their visits contribute to the diffusion of the destination thanks to their posts on social media accounts with thousands of followers, as well as articles and images published in different media.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Riviera Nayarit At Full Sail With The Vallarta Cup Race

  • This series of races takes place ever Saturday in January and marks the start of the competition season within the nautical community of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

The Riviera Nayarit started out the year at full sail with the 13th annual Vallarta Cup Race Series organized by the Vallarta Yacht Club (VYC) in Nuevo Vallarta, taking place in Banderas Bay in January.

The Vallarta Cup Race Series is a series of races run by about 30 sailboats each day, marking the start of the nautical competition season in the region. It happens on four Saturdays during the month of January (6, 13, 20, 27), with one race per day and a party each evening at the VYC clubhouse after the run.

Participants are mostly local, though there are several notable national and international craft. The advantage is that participants can register on any of the Saturdays in January, including after the series has begun.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Riviera Nayarit Kicks Off 2018 With Great Events

  • Mexico’s Pacific Treasure is kicking off 2018 in style with several important sports, cultural and social events.

The Riviera Nayarit turned out to be 2017’s top destination vacation and there’s no doubt its many varied events had a lot to do with its positioning.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau backs sporting competitions, conventions and cultural activities as part of its promotional efforts; these activities put the destination squarely in the spotlight, as they increase the number of visitors and give it plenty of exposure thanks to the media coverage they receive.

“2017 was a very busy year in the Riviera Nayarit and many of the events that took place here will be back for 2018,” said Marc Murphy, Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB). “This says a lot about the destination, although there will certainly be plenty of new activities to contribute to its diffusion.”

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Luxurious Year End In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Destination hotels extend an invitation to celebrate the coming of the New Year with options for every taste.

The Riviera Nayarit offers alternatives for a vacation with family or friends in a place where luxury, nature and harmony blend together. This is why the best option for celebrating New Year’s Eve is to stay in the destination.

Besides the offer of sun and sand that some travelers look for to leave behind the winter cold, Mexico’s Pacific Treasure offers eco-attractions, adventure tourism, cultural tours, sports and aquatic activities, festivals, art and more.

Here they’ll also find expansive luxury resorts perfect for relaxing and welcoming 2018—and they’re ready and waiting with themed events and dinners. The options for celebration are many and there’s something for every taste:

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Canadian Journalists Discover Mexico’s Pacific Treasure

  • Four journalists specializing in travel and tourism enjoyed the complete Riviera Nayarit experience including its natural attractions plus its hotel and culinary infrastructure so they could write about it in their respective publications.

A group of Canadian journalists specializing in travel and tourism visited the Riviera Nayarit from December 7-12, 2017, to experience firsthand the attractions in this tourism destination.

There were four Canadian journalists exploring the region: Elaine O’Connor, from British Colombia’s The Vancouver Sun; Jonathan Custeau, from Montreal’s La Tribune de Montreal; Michael Fisher from Toronto Star; and Ronald Pradinuk, from Baxter Travel Media of Winnipeg. Cristina Ibarra from Finn Partners Public Relations in New York accompanied them on their trip.

The purpose of this activity was to give the media representatives a more ample look at the destination and showcase the natural attractions, go on site inspections at the local hotels, and see presentations from the local service providers.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Riviera Nayarit Posted Excellent Christmas Vacation Season Stats

  • Although the data for 2017 is still preliminary it’s already possible to discern an important increase over last year’s numbers for hotel occupancy, tourist influx and revenue.

According to the latest report by the Office of Investigation and Research of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the Bahía de Banderas 2017 Christmas vacation season—December 22-25—topped that of 2016 with average hotel occupancy of 86% and revenue in excess of 9 million USD.

Although the data is preliminary and is updated according to the numbers provided by the reservations offices of the destination’s top hotels, it’s already possible to discern an important increase over last year’s numbers for hotel occupancy, tourist influx and revenue.

It’s important to point out the majority of available hotel rooms are in Bahía de Banderas, which is why the numbers posted are a good gauge although the office is still awaiting stats from Compostela (Rincón de Guayabitos, Los Ayala, la Peñita de Jaltemba) and San Blas, in order to obtain a final average percentage. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Open Invitation To 12th Sinergiarte Festival By Colectivo San Pancho 2017

  • Colectivo San Pancho invites the community, guests and visitors to enjoy different artistic, educational and social offers presented from December 27-29 under the slogan “Coexistence: Change, Conscious, Collective.”

San Pancho, a seaside village in the Riviera Nayarit, is hosting the 12th Sinergiarte Festival 2017 from December 27-29, 2017, organized by Colectivo San Pancho, which proposes this year to coexist from your conscience.

According to its organizers: “We know change is imminent and we can’t stop it; however, what we can do is act selectively and address our natural environment with respect. This is everyone’s duty, with each of us contributing our own ‘grain of sand’ so we can create a community that’s involved in the creation of a conscious San Pancho, appreciating and admiring the diversity in which we seek to Coexist.”

The details
The Sinergiarte Festival began 12 years ago as a showcase for displaying and sharing the different manifestations of art and culture that occur in San Pancho, a town that’s come to be known as an involved, committed and responsible community, that cares not only for the richness of its original traditions, but also what its new inhabitants bring to the table, whether local, from Mexico or from the world at large.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Riviera Nayarit Condé Nast Traveller UK’s Golden List

  • The magazine, which is published for the luxury traveler, invites its readers to unusual destinations—and it’s a point of pride that Mexico’s Pacific Treasure was included along with some of the top destinations from around the world.

The UK edition of Condé Nast Traveller, a magazine dedicated to the luxury independent traveler, recently launched its Gold List 2018 where it included the Riviera Nayarit and its coastal villages in a 12-page article.

This year Condé Nast Traveller’s The Gold List “contains in its pages all things sublime and unridiculous, all things elevated and marvelous. All things classic and exceptional and beautiful as can be.” Which is why the inclusion of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure isn’t a coincidence.

Travel writer Antonia Quirke and photographer Oliver Pilcher went on tour through Mexico’s Pacific Coast all the way from the elegant Costa Careyes through Puerto Vallarta to the sensational Sayulita in the Riviera Nayarit, capturing the best stories and images to later share with their thousands of followers.

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Riviera Nayarit’s “10 Most”

The Riviera Nayarit has received different accolades since its creation, from “the most beautiful” and “the most exclusive” to the destination with the most coastal villages that extend from Nuevo Vallarta in the municipality of Bahía de Banderas all the way to Novillero in Tuecuala.

With over 300 kilometers of beaches, steep mountains, nature sanctuaries, golden sand, palm-fringed beaches and luxury resorts, Mexico’s Pacific Treasure is without a doubt the most surprising destination in Mexico.

To make our point, this Top 10 rounds up the attractions both natural and manmade that have become the destination’s icons: The Riviera Nayarit’s “10 Most.”

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Humpback Whales, Riviera Nayarit’s Most Loyal Visitors

  • The yearly sightings have already begun in Banderas Bay with a parade of impressive mammals that traveled very long distances from the north to warmer waters so they could give birth to their calves.

Every year they arrive in Banderas Bay after an impressive 16-thousand-kilometer trip from the Arctic in search of warmer waters to give birth to their calves. These humpback whales are the region’s most faithful visitors, and one of the top natural and tourism attractions in the Riviera Nayarit.
The parade of these marine giants started at the beginning of December and they’re already being admired by hundreds of tourists, with tail splashes and spectacular leaps that show off most of their huge bodies outside the water.
The arrival of the whales marks the start of the whale-watching season, and there are several companies and boats certified to offer this service. This is one of the most popular tours with visitors and an experience no traveler should miss.