Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit strengthens its relationship with top US media

Richard Zarkin and Phoebe Neuman, editor for the Robb Report with a specialty in travel and fashion.

  • The Riviera Nayarit CVB’s public relations manager visited six cities in the US to conduct interviews with top journalists from August 20-30.

10 days, 6 cities, and 31 journalists: the results of the Media Tour the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau undertook in six of the United States’ top cities of origin for tourists to the Riviera Nayarit: Miami, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; New York; Los Angeles, California; and Houston, Texas.

The goal was to strengthen the relationship with the top media in our neighboring country, which is why there was a change in the original dynamic. In previous years, the bureau held a press conference in New York City and invited the most important journalists in the area.

Monday, September 17, 2018


The marine life both on the island and its surroundings is a genuine treasure; it’s also one of the top birdwatching destinations in all of Mexico.

If you thought you had seen everything there was to see and you still haven’t visited the Islas Marietas (Marietas Islands), truth is, you haven’t seen anything yet!

These rocky formations are some of the shiniest jewels in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure. Created by underwater volcanoes, the islands were declared a National Protected Area of Mexico in 2005 and were named a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Join the Bahía de Banderas Trash Challenge!

  • The Riviera Nayarit CVB, the Conanp, and the NGOs that promote sustainable development came together to contribute to the conservation of the region’s Natural Protected Areas.

A Towns, Rivers, and Beaches Cleanup Marathon in Bahía de Banderas will be held September 23-29 to contribute to the conservation of the area’s Natural Protected Areas by fighting solid waste contamination. This includes both the Nayarit and Jalisco portions of the bay.

The campaign is headed by the National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) under the direction of the Islas Marietas National Park (PNIM) and the Sierra de Vallejo – Río Ameca Natural Resources Protected Area, in coordination with the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and Mita Recicla.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fall into Riviera Nayarit for a Season Full of Festivities

Fall into Riviera Nayarit for a Season Full of Festivities

From family-inspired events and celebrations to not-to-be-missed travel deals, Riviera Nayarit proves to be the perfect destination for a fall getaway

RIVIERA NAYARIT, MEXICO (September 13, 2018) – As the crisp days of fall begin to descend in the north, the fun gets started in Riviera Nayarit – Mexico’s Pacific treasure and newest destination.  Travelers to the eclectic locale will be welcomed with a vibrant array of events that make it the must-visit destination this fall. 
Festivals for Foodies & Families:

·       Independence Day Festivities (Sept. 15-16): The celebration for Mexican Independence Day is one of Riviera Nayarit’s most treasured traditions. The festivities begin on the evening of the 15th with the Grito de Independencia, a ceremony that’s replicated in nearly every coastal town plaza, along with fireworks and fairs, and continues on the 16th with a military and sports parade.

·    Feast of San Francisco (Sept. 26-Oct. 4): Fairs, dances and jamborees with a special twist are a specialty of Riviera Nayarit’s cultural capital. These festivities honor San Francisco, also known as San Pancho, and are an authentically Mexican tradition.

·       Riviera Nayarit Fashion Weekend (Sept. 29-30): Calling all fashionistas! W Punta de Mita Hotel is the place to be with a weekend fashion show and pool party event that mixes music and fashion while showcasing the season’s latest trends.

·     6th La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Fishing Tournament (Oct. 10-14): The marquee tournament in the Mexican Pacific returns to Riviera Nayarit this October – a destination that is renowned for its sport fishing offer. World class sportsmen will make their way to La Cruz De Huanacaxtle’s Marina Riviera Nayarit and try to catch some of the region’s most sought-after fish.

·      10th Vallarta – Nayarit Gastronomica (Oct. 14-18): Gourmands and foodie novices alike will come together to enjoy various events in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit that celebrate the region’s gastronomic offering. The lineup includes workshops, tasting, dinners and special events.

·       Vidanta Wellness Retreat (Nov. 1-4): Led by health expert, Deepak Chopra – globally recognized as a pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation – the weekend retreat will offer a series of conferences, workshops and activities for travelers seeking to relax and recharge.

·       XXIV International Gourmet Festival (Nov. 23 - Dec. 2): The 24th edition of this popular festival celebrates Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Tepic and the culinary scene that makes each of these destinations so special. Internationally renowned guest chefs will take the helm at local restaurants and hotels serving delicious creations that showcase the region’s gastronomy.  

·       10th Riviera Nayarit Half Marathon (Nov 24): Riviera Nayarit is pleased to welcome all runners and their families to participate in a half marathon or 10K in Nuevo Vallarta. The competition is endorsed by the Mexican Federation of Athletic Associations and approved by the International Association of Marathons and Races (AIMS).

·   Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic 2018 (Nov. 29 - Dec. 2): This tournament, played in a Foursome A GoGo format, seeks to benefit local charities including Peace Punta de Mita, the Punta de Mita Foundation and the Community Project. For those who love to mix travel with tee times, this classic in paradise will be well above par.

·      3rd Commercial and Cultural Wixarika Expo (Nov. 29 - Dec. 2): For the third consecutive year the magical town of Sayulita will host 25 Wixarika groups, who will offer culturally rich workshops highlighting embroidery, beadwork, painting and more. Additionally, the expo’s pavilions will feature themed areas including culinary and medicine pavilions, the first offering a variety of traditional meals from Nayarit and the latter offering interactions with four traditional healers.

Travelers booking last minute fall getaways can count on shoulder season prices from end of August through October. Accommodations range from luxury branded resort destinations and family friendly all-inclusives to intimate boutique properties and everything in between. Riviera Nayarit is conveniently accessible from Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) offering direct flights from a myriad of markets, putting an exciting fall vacation well within reach for U.S. and Canada travelers.

For more information about Riviera Nayarit’s events lineup, visit www.rivieranayarit.com/events.

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About Riviera Nayarit
Renowned for its eclectic charm, luxurious hospitality and authentic appeal, Riviera Nayarit has earned global recognition as the Pacific Coast’s treasure destination. Situated within Mexican state Nayarit, the region offers 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline, the wondrous Sierra Madre Mountains, the spectacular Banderas Bay and endless protected natural marvels. Riviera Nayarit is home to resort town Nuevo Vallarta, historic village San Blas, exclusive celebrity haven Punta de Mita, “boho-chic” surf mecca Sayulita and a variety of picturesque fishing villages. Activities abound from world-class golf courses, zip lining, diving and surfing to bird watching, whale watching and turtle release programs. Accommodations range from luxury branded resort destinations and family friendly all-inclusives to intimate boutique properties and everything in between. A further testament to the destination’s hospitality offerings, Riviera Nayarit boasts four AAA Five Diamond hotels, 11 AAA Four Diamond hotels and 13 AAA Three Diamond hotels. Rounding out the destination’s allure, superior quality international gastronomy awaits including a AAA Five Diamond restaurant, six AAA Four Diamond restaurants and 26 AAA Three Diamond restaurants. Riviera Nayarit is conveniently 10 minutes north of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR). To discover the Pacific Coast’s treasure destination, visit www.RivieraNayarit.com or follow Riviera Nayarit on Facebook, Twitter @riv_nayarit and Instagram @riviera_nayarit.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit Makes its Mark as a Meetings Venue at IBTM Americas

  • Mexico’s Pacific Treasure put its many MICE segment attributes on display before top meeting planners from North America, Latin America, and Europe.

The Riviera Nayarit pulled out all the stops to strengthen its footprint in the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) segment, also known as the Meetings and Events Industry, with a high-profile participation in IBTM Americas, which was held September 5-6 in Mexico City’s Centro Citibanamex.

IBTM Americas is a global expo where leaders in the meetings, conventions, corporate events, and incentive travel industries meet with specialized providers from all over the American continent, making it a sort of Tianguis Turístico for the meetings industry.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Tasty Reasons to yell ¡Viva México! in the Riviera Nayarit

  • Mexico’s Pacific Treasure’s hotels have several events lined up to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day this September 15th.

Independence Day celebrations are a deeply rooted tradition in Mexico and the Riviera Nayarit is front and center when it comes to reveling.

These Independence Day festivities are the perfect excuse to spend a few days in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure—especially since they fall on a weekend. Celebrations in the destination are very exciting and take place in a beach ambiance that’s very different from other locations around the country.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Riviera Nayarit Hotel Staff Take Environmental Culture Workshop

  • The Conanp worked with the AHMBB and the Riviera Nayarit CVB to offer the educational tools needed to train environmental instructors.

A workshop titled “Creating an Environmental Culture” was conducted by the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp), the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB), and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) on August 28th and 29th to train the staff of the Riviera Nayarit’s associated hotels in environmental education.

The main goal of the workshop was to produce environmental instructors who would then have the appropriate tools to teach the rest of the staff.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wellnessing Getaway by Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit will host the Wellnessing Getaway from September 6th to 9th, 2018.

The 3 days program is inspired in uplifting your spirit surrounded by the splendor of the Riviera Nayarit, while exploring themes of holistic wellness form a variety of practices an traditions.

This wellbeing escape provides a harmonious space for creating a genuine connection with your inner wisdom; with your discipline and with the profound enjoyment that flourishes with even the smallest actions of self-care.

International experts will share they knowledge and expertise:

  • Deborah Hanekamp - “fashion’s favorite healer” (Vogue Magazine). Her work has been featured in the New York Times as well as Marie Claire. 
  • Joanne Encarnacion is a health and wellness coach empowering women to live their most authentic lives by defining health and wellness on their own terms.
  • Nikki Sharp, a wellness expert and best-selling author of two books published by Random House: “Meal Prep Your Way to Weight Loss” and “The 5-Day Real Food Detox”. Sharp has been featured in Shape, Elle, Women’s Fitness, Men’s Health, along with Good Day LA, KTLA, Access Hollywood Live and Fox News, among many other magazines and TV shows.
  • Ana Paula Dominguez, founder and director of the Mexican Institute of Yoga, and a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor. 
  • Azul Anaité y Juan Pablo Ruiz, founders of Cacao Ancestral, a project that emerged in early 2014 after a trip to Guatemala that changed their lives. 
  • Olivia Medina, founder and General Director of EURO TE, Olivia is the first Mexican Tea Master.
  • Roberto Gopar, a pioneer in the research, diffusion and use of the sound therapy as a complementary treatment for various conditions. 
Below you can find the complete program: 

For Reservations or Day Pass access, please contact: https://velasresorts.com/wellness-week/ 

Prepare your body, mind and spirit for positive change on the deepest level.

Colombian Travel Agents Visit the Riviera Nayarit

  • Promotion of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure has stepped up in the South American market.

Eleven travel agents from the Colombian Coffee Region were in the Riviera Nayarit from August 27-30 to enjoy this tourism destination’s charms firsthand and scope out the best opportunities for their business.

Representatives from eight different retail agencies were convened by wholesaler CIC Travel Colombia, one of the fastest growing and most important of its kind in this South American country.

Why RiRi Loves Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Why RiRi Loves Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Monday, August 20, 2018 — Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, and Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit, remain firm celebrity hotspots for global stars who continue to choose this slice of paradise for some much-needed rest and relaxation time.
The latest to be spotted here was the queen herself, Rihanna, who chose Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit as the destination for her ‘RIHtreat’ – and it’s easy to see why. 200 miles of pristine coastline is dotted with seaside towns and villages, framed by a backdrop of mountain peaks, lush greenery and luxurious resorts.
It’s not unusual to come across the Kardashians frequenting Riviera Nayarit’s micro-destination, Punta de Mita. Sofia Richie and boyfriend Scott Disick have also been spotted here recently, enjoying the peninsula’s famous white sands while staying at Casa Aramara.
There are many unforgettable experiences to be had in Nayarit – follow in the footsteps of Kylie Jenner and enjoy some thrills on the zip-line at Rancho Mi Chaparrita in the laidback town of Sayulita.
Visited by the likes of Ricky Martin - the stunning resort town or Puerto Vallarta in the state of Jalisco is renowned for beautiful beaches, an array of water activities and a vibrant nightlife scene.
The charming historical centre is filled with cobbled streets, boutique shops and plenty of bars and eateries where you can experience delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine. Not to mention El Malecón – the emblematic promenade spanning 870m, from which you can admire works of art and breath-taking views over the bay.
You deserve an A-list getaway too. Join the likes of RiRi herself, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lawrence, Gwyneth Paltrow, Eva Longoria, Christina Aguilera, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones and book your holiday to Mexico’s magical Pacific Coast RIH-mmidiately!
Getting There
Book now with direct flights to Puerto Vallarta International Airport, available via TUI from London Gatwick and Manchester or AeroMexico via Mexico City from London Heathrow.

Riviera Nayarit and W Punta de Mita Present “Beach Vibes Runway”

  • This glamorous runway featuring suits designed by graduates for the Instituto di Moda Burgo was attended by Mexican celebrities and influencers.

The Riviera Nayarit and the W Punta de Mita hotel joined forces with the Instituto di Moda Burgo México to present the most glamorous event of the summer: the Beach Vibes Runway, an exclusive gathering of fashion, beach, music, and celebrity.

The “main course” of the event was a bathing suit runway featuring the 2019 Spring-Summer collection. It was held in the Living Room Bar at the W Punta de Mita and included 40 designs from Di Moda Burgo graduates. For over 50 years this school has worked to bolster Mexico’s fashion industry under the direction of Lorena Ríos.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Riviera Nayarit Extends an Invite to the Vidanta Wellness Retreat with Deepak Chopra

  • The Nuevo Vallarta hotel complex is offering a weekend full of innovative wellness programs, ayurvedic medicine, workshops, and conferences from November 1-4.

Vacations that promote well-being and healthy living are gaining in popularity around the world and the Riviera Nayarit is right on trend with its world-class hotels, its luxury resorts, and top-level recreational facilities.

In this context, Grupo Vidanta is offering a weekend filled with activities, workshops, and conferences during its Vidanta Wellness Retreat from November 1-4 with the participation of award-winning doctor and writer, Deepak Chopra.

Monday, September 3, 2018

SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT IN THE RIVIERA NAYARIT: Punta El Custodio, a wildlife sanctuary

  • This tiny refuge exudes peace and quiet; it’s a place for visitors to swim with sea turtles, observe a fantastic variety of birds, surf some waves or savor a traditional pescado zarandeado (grilled fish).

Exuberant palm trees, mangroves, and the impressive blue of the Pacific Ocean serve as the backdrop for this micro-destination in the Riviera Nayarit. Peace and quiet reign in and around Punta El Custodio, making it an ideal getaway to leave all stress behind.

This little slice of paradise is located in the municipality of Compostela off the Las Varas-San Blas coastal highway about two hours north of Nuevo Vallarta and 40 km (19 mi) south of San Blas. It’s currently home to a lucky group of nature lovers who over the past 30 years have built environmentally-friendly villas and condos.

Friday, August 31, 2018

September in the Riviera Nayarit Means Sporting, Traditional, and Fashion Events

  • Mexico’s Pacific Treasure is celebrating this very patriotic month with a series of activities that will have you, too, exclaiming “¡Viva México!”

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Office (CVB) is all about events—over 80 a year, in fact—that not only attract visitors and project the destination onto the international stage but are also an important revenue source. 

Read on for a list of some of the top activities taking place in this vibrant destination during the month of September.

South America’s Top Wholesalers Discover the Riviera Nayarit

  • Copa Vacations’ reps enjoyed the bounty offered by Mexico’s Pacific Treasure with an eye on the upcoming PTY-PVR Copa Airlines flight.

During their recent visit to the Riviera Nayarit, reps from South America’s top wholesalers felt “it was wonderful to discover the diversity of the landscape, the warm waters, the ease of mobility, as well as the cultural and culinary topic imbued with the essence of Mexico,”

Led by Melany Ramírez, an executive at Copa Vacations, a group of 24 wholesalers and Copa Airlines business partners—which included directors, managers, and product executives—visited Mexico’s Pacific Treasure to fully experience the destination so they could later share their experiences with their clients.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Riviera Nayarit Intensifies its Presence on the East Coast of the United States

  • The Riviera Nayarit CVB and the AHMBB participated in a road show through New York, Morristown, and Philadelphia as part of their Joint Promotional activities with Puerto Vallarta’s Fidetur.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) have intensified their promotional work on the East coast of the United States, with an eye on the upcoming Winter Season.

The team visited New York, New York; Morristown, New Jersey; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from August 21-23 with the traditional road show format as part of their Joint Promotional activities with Puerto Vallarta’s Tourism Trust (Fidetur).

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Security Reinforced in the Riviera Nayarit with New Vehicles for Tourism Police

  • They work hand-in-hand with the hotel sector, the Nayarit state government, and the Bahía de Banderas municipal government to guarantee the peace in the tourism zone.

Six new patrol units were assigned to the State Tourism Police based in the Riviera Nayarit thanks to an investment of $4 million pesos derived from the 3% Hospitality Tax and administered by the Nayarit State Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur).

The former was obtained thanks to a formal request to the state government from the Riviera Nayarit business guild in response to the need for reinforcing security to prevent future criminal acts in this destination, which encompasses the municipalities of Bahía de Banderas, Compostela, and San Blas.

Monday, August 27, 2018

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN THE RIVIERA NAYARIT: Lo de Marcos, a miniature paradise

  • This area is home to one of the most relaxed coastal villages in the Riviera Nayarit, with a growing service sector that’s keeping pace with the needs of its visitors.

Lo de Marcos is a placid getaway where the hustle and bustle of the world is still at bay. This is the quintessential village by the sea: quiet, narrow streets; flowering trees, and colorful façades. Some people take it further, calling it a “miniature paradise.”

The town has evolved at its own pace and its service sector has been growing to keep up with the needs of its visitors: bungalows, villas, comfortable hotel rooms, and a full-service trailer park are just some of the options the tourist has when they visit. And, in the wintertime, the town also receives the largest number of RV travelers.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit Strengthens its Presence with Business Partners Copa Airlines and Copa Vacations

  • Wholesale travel agents from Latin America certified by Copa Airlines visited the region to familiarize themselves with the destination as part of the strategy to promote the new Panamá-Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit flight that starts next December.

A group of representatives from 25 wholesale Copa Vacations agencies, certified by Copa Airlines, visited Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit to familiarize themselves with the area. This visit was part of the promotional strategy in place previous to the Panamanian airline’s maiden flight, which will work the Panama City-Puerto Vallarta Riviera-Nayarit route starting on December 16, 2018.

The first activity took place last Thursday with the participation of travel agents from several Latin American countries including Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Chile, and, of course, Panama. These are the cities with the best prospects for an increase in the number of visitors to the region.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit Hosted the Largest Scientific Student Mobility Conference in Mexico

  • The XXIII International Scientific and Technological Research Conference 2018, derived from the Dolphin Program, took place from August 16-18 in Nuevo Vallarta.

For the past 15 years the Riviera Nayarit has hosted the largest student mobility conference in Mexico, the International Conference for Scientific and Technological Research in the Pacific, derived from the Dolphin Program. Now in its 23rd edition, this year it had 2,341 student participants.

The conference took place after 2018’s XIII Summer of Scientific and Technological Research in the Pacific, where they digitally evaluated 8,902 applications from students and registered 6,320 participants, as well as 380 researchers from 15 of Mexico’s higher education institutions.