Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Riviera Nayarit Creates a Successful Synergy with Destination Hotels

  • The promotional efforts of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) are maximized thanks to the close collaboration they maintain with their hotel partners.

The Public Relations division of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) maintains a permanent synergy with destination hotels in order to reinforce its continual promotional efforts.

Some of these hotels are very active with regards to this type of actions, which results in expanded promotion and positioning of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure. This occurs when the hotels invite celebrities, influencers, and high-relevance national and international media and the CVB facilitates the visits, or vice versa, when the CVB organizes business trips where they invite media and/or travel agents and the partner hotels offer their support to give them the welcome they deserve.

One example of this synergy took place when actors and TV hosts Eddy Vilard, Uriel Santana, Mariana Echeverría and Diego Amozorrutia—all top Mexican influencers—stayed at the Hotel W in Punta de Mita for International Surf Day, where they enjoyed a fun-filled experience, great waves and Huichol décor as well as many of the different activities offered by the Riviera Nayarit. 

KickOff Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica 2017 Is Underway

  • Seven internationally-renowned chefs are coming together for a high-end gourmet gala dinner at the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta complex in the Riviera Nayarit, kicking off the activities leading to the 2017 Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica.

Seven prestigious international chefs—led by Spaniard Paco Roncero—gave start to the activities leading up to the 9th Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica 2017 (to be held October 29 – November 1) with the KickOff Gastronómica, which includes a gala dinner, culinary workshops and Premium tastings.

The details of the program for August 14, 15, and 16 were presented during a press conference held on Monday at the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta complex; it includes different activities for guests of the complex as well as the visiting public.

KickOff Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica
Though it was originally meant to be only a dinner with chef Paco Roncero as headliner, the KickOff Vallarta Gastronómico grew little by little into something much bigger with the addition of volunteers, sponsors and chefs. “Although it’s the kickoff dinner, it has taken on a life of its own,” said Consuelo Elipe, Managing Director of the Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica 2017.

During the three days that make up the KickOff Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómico guests and visitors will enjoy gourmet workshops led by Chef Aaron Mizrahi, who will cook different cuts of USDA choice beef; Chef Elías Sapién Jr., who will offer a workshop that focuses on different dietary regimens including kosher, vegan, alkaline and celiac, including the theory behind them and a demonstration of successful dishes and recipes; and Premium tastings on behalf of L.A. Cetto and other wines from Spain presented by Yamir Pelegrino, one of the top Master Sommeliers Wine & Cigar in the world.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

V National Playa Guayabitos Volleyball Festival 2017

  • Rincón de Guayabitos, the Heart of the Riviera Nayarit, will host this exciting tournament from August 23-26.

Rincón de Guayabitos is getting ready to host the V National Playa Guayabitos Youth Beach Volleyball Festival 2017—the first of its kind held outside southwestern Mexico—which will take place from August 23-27. Teams from nearly every state in the Republic are expected to attend.

Sun, sand, adrenaline and plenty of fun are just some of the ingredients of this tournament that promises to be a top-notch sporting event in search of national volleyball champions in the junior and youth categories.

The “Las Escolleras” neighborhood of Rincon de Guayabitos will once again host this event. The location offers one of the best views of the Isla del Coral (the icon of this micro destination) and some very spectacular sunsets, as well as the best sand conditions for beach volleyball in the area.

The Festival is organized by the Mexican Volleyball Federation (FMUVB by its acronym in Spanish) together with the Nayarit Volleyball Association and presented by the Compostela Hotel Association. It also has the support of the Nayarit Tourism Trust (Fiprotur) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Monday, August 14, 2017

Riviera Nayarit Trains 260 RCI Agents

  • A Training Tour traveled to three of the timeshare company’s call centers located in Salt Lake City, Jacksonville and Indianapolis on August 7, 9 and 11.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) together with the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust led a training workshop tour to three of timeshare company RCI’s (Resort Condominium International) call centers located in Salt Lake City, Utah; Jacksonville, North Carolina; and Indianapolis, Indiana on August 7, 9 and 11.

The schedule, created by the Promotions and Sales coordinator for the Riviera Nayarit CVB, Carlos Eguiartem with representation from Puerto Vallarta’s Fidetur, began on Monday, August 7 in Salt Lake City, with a presentation for 60 sales executives. On Wednesday the 9th the team visited a call center in Jacksonville to update 50 executives. Finally on Friday the 11th the team visited the company’s most important call center, located in Indianapolis, to update 150 sales executives and offer them the most relevant information for the destination to help with their sales.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Richard Gere, Alejandra Silva and Diego Luna Vacation in the Riviera Nayarit

Mexico’s Pacific Treasure with its Glamour Peninsula has undoubtedly become a preferred destination for celebrities.

The Riviera Nayarit continues to attract international celebrities. Last week it was renowned Hollywood actor, Richard Gere, who visited the destination along with his girlfriend, Spanish model and activist Alejandra Silva. She posted comments and photos about their stay on her social media accounts.

The attractive couple, who have taken romantic trips throughout the world—especially along the coast of Galicia, Alejandra’s homeland—chose on this occasion to visit the beautiful beaches of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure from July 31 to August 5 to enjoy a few days off.

Alejandra published a picture of her and Gere on her Instagram account with the comment “What incredible days in Mexico! Thank you!” and the tags #alejandrasilva #summertime #holidays #mexico #puntamita #richardgere. A few days later she published a few shots of herself on the beach, on horseback and enjoying the Punta Mita sunset.

Both Gere and Silva are also known for their activism. The actor, who became one of Hollywood’s leading men after hits such as American Gigolo, An Officer and a Gentleman and Pretty Woman, was awarded the Continuarà de Cultura 2017 award in Barcelona earlier this year. Silva received the XII International Yo Dona Award for her work with the RAIS Fundación. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Riviera Nayarit’s Top Ten Hidden Treasures

Fishing villages; golden sand beaches surrounded by exuberant jungle; mangroves brimming with wildlife; lush hideaways; local legends… These are only some of the many hidden treasures of the Riviera Nayarit. It isn’t a coincidence that it’s known as Mexico’s Pacific Treasure, because its more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) of coastline is dotted with precious gems, some already shining bright, and others, still hidden, lying in wait to be discovered.

If there’s one thing that sets these villages and beaches apart it’s their natural environment and air of innocence—perfectly pleasing for travelers seeking peace and calm.

And so we embark on a tour of the coast of Nayarit in search of those “hidden treasures,” finding for the visitor ten alternatives for their vacation—because there’s no doubt the best way to live life is to go out and explore it!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

XXII National Dolphin Program Conference 2017

  • The conference will take place at the close of the XXII National Summer Conference for Scientific and Technological Research in the Pacific 2017; 2,500 students are expected to participate, with Canada as the guest country

The Riviera Nayarit will once again host the Dolphin Program’s XXII National Scientific and Technological Research Conference, which will take place from August 16-19, 2017 at the Riu hotels in Flamingos. Canada is invited as the guest country.

The conference begins at the close of the XXII National Summer Conference for Scientific and Technological Research in the Pacific 2017, stemming from the Pacific Inter-Institutional Program for the Strengthening of Research and Graduate Programs, which took place from June 19 through August 4 of this year with 6,600 registered students.

The Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit (UAN or Autonomous University of Nayarit) is in charge of general coordination, with Professor Carlos Humberto Jiménez as lead coordinator together with a group of technical consultants.

Professor Jiménez González stated the Dolphin Program is focused on strengthening the culture of collaboration between institutions of higher education and the research centers that form part of the program via the exchange of professors-researchers and students and the circulation of scientific and technological products.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2017 PeeWee League Seeks Talented Young Surfers

  • Over the next five months, eight competitions for the children’s surfing circuit will be held at the micro destinations of Sayulita, San Pancho and Punta de Mita. There will be plenty of waves and plenty of fun to go around!

After a successful last year, the PeeWee Surfing League returns in 2017 with eight competitions to take place over the next five months on the beaches of Sayulita, San Blas, San Pancho and Punta de Mita.

This children’s circuit is set up for participants between 4 and 12 years of age and seeks to promote the sport of surfing as well as attract family tourism to the different coastal villages that host the competitions.

League Director Rogelio Ramos mentioned that one of the main objectives of the tournament is to lend its support to the newer generation of surfers during their formative years as they grow into top athletes.

The Riviera Nayarit Makes News In National And International Media

  • Mexico’s Pacific Treasure shines in both press and digital media such as The Happening, Milenio, Travel Report, Revista Nupcias and Alto Nivel, among others.

The Riviera Nayarit doesn't miss a beat in different media both national and international, where there are articles dedicated to spreading the word on the destination, contributing to its positioning in the tourism industry.

Not a day goes by without an article in one or more outlets, whether it’s highlighting the hotel infrastructure, the luxurious lifestyle, the vibrant coastal villages, the world-famous Playa del Amor or the incredible cuisine of the Riviera Nayarit.

Some of the articles came about thanks to the work of the Public Relations office of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and others were generated organically by the publications and agencies themselves.

Just this month, The Happening, Milenio, Travel Report, Revista Nupcias, Alto Nivel, W Radio y and Volaris airline’s blog, among others, have all chosen to portray the best of the destination.

Nupcias Magazine included Punta Mita, the Glamour Peninsula, as one of the six best destinations for a bachelorette party. According to the publication: “If you love nature and want to spend your last few days as a single woman in a quiet—yet fun—paradise, this destination is for you.”

Friday, August 4, 2017

Vidanta Riviera Nayarit Kick Off Gastronómica 2017

  • This culinary event featuring seven renowned chefs marks the start of the activities for the 9th Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica 2017, which will take place in October of this year.

The Kick Off Gastronómico Vidanta starring a group of national and international chefs is ready to go for August 14-16 and marks the start of the activities for the 9th Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica 2017, which will take place in October of this year.

The event features a gala pairing dinner on Tuesday August 15th, which promises to be a culinary dream come true thanks to the participation of the foremost names in national and international gastronomy with the theme “Spain and Mexico, a very exclusive culinary fusion.”

Chef Paco Roncero, one of the most recognized names in Spain’s cutting-edge cuisine and the recipient of 2 Michelin Stars and 3 Repsol Suns, will take the lead on the dinner. Roncero is also the driving force behind Ibiza’s Sublimotion restaurant, billed as the “most expensive in the world.”

Gerardo Iriarte, Executive Chef for Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, will be hosting this incredible experience. He has over 25 years of experience and has garnered several culinary awards in Mexico, Latin America and Europe.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Don’t Let Summer Slip Away! Take Advantage Of The Riviera Nayarit’s Latest Promos

  • Twenty nine hotels in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure are keeping these incredible deals and offers through the month of August so nobody misses out on a great vacation.

Summer is at its hottest—and so is the Riviera Nayarit! There’s still time to enjoy the best of this tourism destination, which is having one of its best vacation seasons in years.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) wants everyone to enjoy some time off, so its Marketing Department has been working together with associated hotels in the destination and they’ve decided to keep their special promotions going through the month of August.

There are 29 properties offering discounts of anywhere from 15% up to 55%; payment plans of 3 or 6 months with no interest; up to 3 kids free per room or 50% off for children under 12; airport/hotel transfers; spa, resort or golf credits; plus a whole slew of free amenities including Internet, calls, parking, rounds of golf and premium beverages.

“This reaffirms our commitment to offer special prices and promotions all year long so we can pamper all of our visitors,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Riviera Nayarit Is The Focus Of Television Productions

  • ·     Mexico’s Pacific Treasure set the stage for various productions and photo sessions during the month of July, among them the reality show, Bachelor in Paradise. 

The Riviera Nayarit’s beautiful natural scenery is so spectacular that it has served as the perfect stage for more than one feature film, and as the backdrop for photo sessions and film commercials. The scenery itself at times becomes the protagonist.  

The destination will enjoy ample circulation in different media with the last tapings of the fourth season of Bachelor in Paradise, the number one reality show in the United States airing on ABC. They were shot on location in Playa Escondida in Sayulita; San Francisco (San Pancho); La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Valle de Banderas and Canalán beach at El Monteón.

The cast of this fourth season is made up of the audience’s favorite participants from previous seasons. The production team is comprised of a total of approximately 250 people. 

ABC is one of the top four broadcasters in the United States, while has over 77 million unique monthly visitors, with 2.4 billion monthly page visits. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Riviera Nayarit Welcomes The 5th Punta Mita Beach Festival

  • This fun family summer event mixes sports, gastronomy and luxury and will be held August 12-13 in Mexico’s most exclusive residential community.

The Punta Mita Beach Festival’s fifth edition promises bigger and better experiences this year at the Kupuri Beach Club in the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula from August 12-13, 2017.

This family-friendly event is held in association with the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors (CVB) and showcases the very best in sports, gastronomy and luxury in one of the most privileged spots in this tourism destination.

Attendees will also enjoy the many beach activities offered by the Kupuri Beach Club, including surfing, snorkeling, diving, paddle, yoga, windsurfing, stand up paddle, kayaks, canoes and kitesurfing (depending on the water conditions).

“The Punta Mita Beach Festival—along with the Punta Mita Gourmet and Golf Classic—has become one of the most-awaited events of the year,” said Carl Emberson, Marketing and Operations Director. “Because of the success of the past few years we’re very excited about bringing it back for the express purpose of creating unforgettable family moments.

Monday, July 31, 2017

US Influencer Promotes The Riviera Nayarit

  • This week US journalist Mark Rogers visited the destination; Rogers is working on several articles for publication in major media outlets including USA Today and Travel Age West.

The Riviera Nayarit has remained a constant presence in both Canadian and US media, whether as a result of a press visit sponsored by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), a press trip organized by a hotel seeking to promote the region, or by initiative of the publications themselves.

When the CVB extends an invitation to a journalist to visit the destination, it does so based on the potential impact generated by the articles and the number of posts or articles they could publish in one or more media.

This week the Public Relations desk of the Riviera Nayarit CVB brought US journalist Mark Rogers to the destination, a journalist who specializes in tourism and whose résumé includes articles on the region in top media including USA Today and Travel Age West.

Rogers first visited the Riviera Nayarit in December 2014 and generated nine different articles: four in Travel Age West and five in USA Today. One of these, titled “Mexico’s Next Hot Destination: Exploring Riviera Nayarit,” was published in USA Today and received the HSMAI Gold Adrian Award.

For this visit he has already confirmed future publication of two articles for USA Today and another two for Travel Age West focusing on “Honeymoon Resorts in Riviera Nayarit,” which will include five of the destination’s most romantic properties. He will also focus on the gastronomy of local traditional villages under the heading “Seafood Cuisine in Riviera Nayarit.”

Friday, July 28, 2017

Top 10 Pools For Family Fun

From whimsical designs that include intricate waterslides to clever water features for the kids and from the most modern designs to the most traditional, the resort pools in the Riviera Nayarit offer visitors a truly unforgettable vacation stay.

A swimming pool is synonymous with relaxation. It’s perfect for a family afternoon, a party with friends or simply for a refreshing swim, especially during the hot days of summer.

On this occasion we’re taking a tour of the hotels in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure to showcase the Top 10 Pools For Family Fun, which we’re certain will generate plenty of fantastic vacation memories for our visitors.

The Top 10 Pools For Family Fun:

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Riviera Nayarit Welcomes Summer With Fantastic Events

  • Music, sports and culture events are just some of the fun that awaits visitors to Mexico’s Pacific Treasure. This month’s highlights include the RHA Festival the 2017 AMS and the 2017 Corona Sunsets.

Summer is ready to roll in the Riviera Nayarit! In addition to our sun, sand and luxury offerings there are all kinds of fun events going on this July that bring the destination to life and promote throughout in Mexico and around the world.

Music, sports and culture events are just some of the great activities awaiting visitors to Mexico’s Pacific Treasure, and they not only attract thousands of tourists but also generate important revenue for the micro destinations where they take place.

RHA Festival
It all started June 30 through July 1st with the RHA Festival at the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle with the participation of the top names in house music, an electronic genre influenced by soul and funk. Neither the sun nor the rain was a setback to the more than four thousand people who came to enjoy this incredible musical experience.

Escape the UK Grey and Head Mexico Way

A winter sun holiday is all the more enjoyable when you escape the cold, damp grey of the UK. And if you’re lucky enough make it out of hibernation, you’ll find a real treat in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, two neighbouring destinations along Mexico’s Pacific Coast. From natural beauty and wildlife wonders to cultural treasures and moreish coastal cuisine, read on to discover why you should visit the region this season.

Natural Beauties

With over 300 sunny days a year and average annual temperatures of 28ºC, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are tropical havens no matter the month.

Soak up the sun along Puerto Vallarta's 40-mile coastline. For a sure bet, you can’t go wrong with Playa Los Muertos in the Zona Romantica, the most visited beach around.

Or claim your favourite piece of paradise in Riviera Nayarit, spanning 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline, framed by the Sierra Madre Mountains. Two of the destination’s beaches – Playa Nuevo Vallarta Norte and the Marina Riviera Nayarit La Cruz de Huanacaxtle –  have been awarded Blue Fag distinctions. For those who prefer privacy, the uninhabited Marietas Islands have the famous Hidden Beach.

Beyond the ocean, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit present opportunities for myriad adventures thanks to their diverse topography: tropical jungles, fertile valleys, steep mountainsides and arid flatlands.

Wildlife Wonders

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit may be well-known for their natural beauty, but that’s just the start of their appeal.

Rife with life, Puerto Vallarta is one of the most exotic places in Latin America due to its biodiversity.  Thick jungle shelters hundreds of species of wildlife, including tropical birds, ocelots, jaguars and iguanas, while whales, dolphins and sea turtles call the warm waters of Banderas Bay their home.

Wildlife wonders are just as abundant in Riviera Nayarit. More than 500 humpback whales migrate to Banderas Bay to mate and raise their calves every year. 80% of North American migratory birds also visit the destination annually. Marietas Islands and the historic village of San Blas are especially popular for birdwatching. Here, you’ll have the chance to spot species like the Blue-footed booby, a marine bird native to subtropical and tropical regions of the Pacific Ocean.

Cultural Treasures

Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit invite culture lovers to experience the spirit of Mexico first-hand.

Splurge at the Mercado Municipal in Puerto Vallarta’s historic centre for local goods, artisan crafts and genuine souvenirs at bargain prices. Or take a walk on the Malecón for beachfront views, local restaurants and boutique shops all in one place.

In Riviera Nayarit, history buffs can unearth the time-honoured secrets of Mexcaltitán, believed to be the birthplace of the Aztec civilisation, or live like a local in the ‘boho-chic’ surfing haven of Sayulita.

Coastal Cuisine

Foodies, take notice! If there is one word to describe the coastal cuisine of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, it’s moriesh!

Kick off the good eating in Puerto Vallarta at La Cerveceria Union, a Mexican restaurant with a wide variety of national and international beers.

Get your fill of tequila, tacos and cocktails with Vallarta Food Tours’ MEX-OLOGY, a 3-hour walking tour exploring Mexico’s native spirits and their deep-rooted cultural ties. During the tour, you’ll visit five tasting locations highlighting mezcal, tequila, raicilla and Mexico´s signature beer cocktail: the michelada.

Nearby in Riviera Nayarit, the Spice Market Restaurant at W Punta de Mita provides Southeast Asian sensuality with street food inspired by Chef Jean-Georges Vongeritchen.

Over in San Pancho, the cultural heart of Riviera Nayarit, Bistro Organico serves healthy and delicious food that pays tribute to the area's abundance of fresh seafood and indigenous produce.

Celebrity Spotting

A playground for the rich and famous, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are primed for celebrity spotting. The Kardashian-Jenner family has visited the twin destinations numerous times. Hollywood’s young stars such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Lea Michele, Zendaya, Anna Kendrick, Demi Lovato, Jennifer Lawrence and Joe Jonas have repeatedly chosen the region for their holidays. Musicians Quincy Jones, Sheryl Crow, Lady Gaga, John Mayer and countless more have also come to enjoy this beautiful area.

Punta de Mita in Riviera Nayarit is the retreat of choice for the world’s biggest names. Hotels offering ultimate luxury include the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and W de Hotel. Luxury hotels in Puerto Vallarta include Casa Velas, Garza Blanca and Mousai.

Getting There

Direct flights to Puerto Vallarta International Airport are available via Thomson Airlines from London Gatwick and Manchester or AeroMexico via Mexico City from London Heathrow. British Airways runs direct flights to Dallas/Fort Worth, offering code share on its One World partner, American Airlines.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Riviera Nayarit In The 2017 Food And Travel Reader Awards

  • The nomination stage ends July 28, which is why the Riviera Nayarit CVB and the AHMBB invite everyone to choose their favorite hotels, restaurants and chefs.

Have you chosen your Riviera Nayarit nominees for the 2017 Food and Travel Reader Awards yet? You still have time to pick out your favorite hotels, restaurants, spas and chefs and participate in the contest to win an all-expense paid trip to Peru.

The nomination stage for this fourth edition closes on July 28, which is why the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) invite everyone to choose what they most like about the destination and define the list of the most popular players in each category.

Voting to determine winners will take place from August 7 – October 20; they will be announced during the traditional Food and Travel gala dinner held in November is Mexico City.

The categories where the Riviera Nayarit could receive nominees are: Travel, Best Destination in Mexico, Best Beach Hotel in Mexico, Best Hotel in a Magical Town, Best Eco Hotel in Mexico and Best Spa.

Best Chef and Best New Chef are also good nominations within the Food category. There is also a Best Restaurant in the Interior of the Republic, Best New Restaurant in Mexico, Best Hotel Restaurant, Best Gourmet Space in Mexico and Best Sweet Spot in Mexico.