Friday, December 19, 2014

Agents from Chile, Ecuador and Argentina Receive Training

  • 10 agents from Chile, 9 agents from Ecuador and 6 agents from Argentina helped conclude a year of intense marketing in South America for the joint Vallarta-Nayarit promotion.

The Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus concluded their promotional activities in South America for 2014 by training 25 agents in Chile, Ecuador and Argentina.

This necessitated three separate FAM trips divided by country: 10 agents from Chile visited the region from November 22-25; 9 agents from Ecuador were here from December 1 – 3; and 6 agents from Argentina visited from December 6-12.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Art and Legends in Nuevo Vallarta Riviera Nayarit



For many of us, conversation about art in the Riviera Nayarit generally revolves around the town of San Francisco, located about an hour from the first village you encounter in the Riviera. However, if you’re staying in Nuevo Vallarta you won’t have to go far to get your art fix. Its Marina, located at Villa Cinco, is a veritable art scene, one liberally sprinkled with stories and legends brought across the water by yacht and by sailboat to the local citizens.

In order to get there, simply head over to Villa 5 or the Marina Nuevo Vallarta. Here in this corridor you’ll find sculptures and stories created by different local artists that exhibit their work all winter long on Saturdays from 9 till noon.

There are also new installations to enjoy including the Sailboat Sculpture, which tells the tale of a sailor who traveled from the United States in search of his destiny. You’ll even be able to see the original sailboat: it’s been mounted just a few steps from the statue that symbolizes its voyage.

Another can’t-miss creation is the Sundial, also created by artist Federico León de la Vega. In fact, if you get lucky you just may have a chance to speak to de la Vega himself! He’s the perfect narrator for the story of the sailor who appeared on these shores and many other tales, thanks to his tenure at his Estudio Café, a unique place where you can escape reality amid the different expressions, feelings and worlds inspired by the art within. 

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Festival Sayulita: One Can’t-Miss Event!



Everyone has those special moments they’d like to relive time and again. The Festival Sayulita is an event where such special moments and memories are made, so if you’re in the Riviera Nayarit from January 14th through the 18th you simiply can’t miss it! And if it’s not in your plans, here’s a little motivation to book your flight and hotel today:

Film: There’s an exquisite selection of movies to be screened, including animated flicks, shorts, full-length features, documentaries and sports films. Forget about the traditional theaters: here you’ll enjoy the projections under the stars with the murmuring waves just a few yards away.

Music: These are sounds that will make you sit up and pay attention, guaranteed to entice you to dance, dance, dance! Nothing commercial here: it’s an onstage expression of the essence of each musician, their influences and the fusion that makes this event the perfect occasion to experience new rhythms and movements: Dirty Heads, Hermanos Kongos, Los Master Plus, Proyecto San Juan, Tenis Pro and Espumas y Terciopelo will take you away during this glorious weekend.

Drinks: “Here’s to you, here’s to me!” Cheers! This is indeed the place to raise a glass because there are so many different things to pour into it: artisanal beer, delicious domestic wines, the best Tequila and, of course, the very trendy Mescal, not to mention different types of domestic spirits you can share in this unique ambiance.

Surfing: Of course, boards are a must in the Surf Capital of the Riviera Nayarit! The Open Longboard Classic for men and women will be held from January 16-18 with $10,000 USD in prizes for the best riders from Mexico and around the world. 

For details and ticket information on this can’t-miss event click here: www.festivalsayulita.com

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Colombian TV Films In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The TV show, “Viva la Tarde,” airing on RCN Colombia is beamed into over 34 countries around the world, among them the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and many others in Latin America.

As per their continual task of positioning Mexico’s Pacific Treasure within the Colombian tourism market—a very important emerging one, in fact—the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) welcomed the TV station RCN Colombia to the destination.

The team from the show “Viva la Tarde,” which airs Monday through Friday, was on site to tape several segments to be presented by the popular host Gary David Parkesowich.

RCN is a communications conglomerate that includes both radio and television stations, which are beamed out to over 34 countries such as the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and many others in Latin America, including, of course, Colombia.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kick–start 2015 on Mexico’s Pacific Coast


If you are looking for an exhilarating post-Christmas break with added winter sun look no further than Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, two stunning, diverse regions in Mexico. From festivals on the beach, to parties in the street, discover a selection of the newest and most exciting events happening there throughout January...

JANUARY 2015

January 2nd – Movie + Picnic, Puerto Vallarta

If the idea of basking in 25 degree heat whilst enjoying delectable food and an engaging film at an open air cinema appeals to you then head to Mexico this January. This unique event, also called ‘Petatecinema’, combines watching a film with a picnic in the lush gardens of ‘El Jardín de la Luna’, situated in the hotel district of Puerto Vallarta.

Beginning at 7pm, the event is suitable for everyone from a couple, to a group of friends or family. Tickets start from just 100 pesos, equivalent to just over £4, which also includes a personalised gourmet basket, lemonade, popcorn and a free mat for every attendee, proving that a night of entertainment with a difference doesn’t have to be costly.

January 9th & 23rd – The South Side Shuffle, Puerto Vallarta

The South Side Shuffle is a perfect example of the thriving community spirit in this part of Mexico. From 6pm to 10pm on two Friday evenings in January a street party brings together local businesses in the Basilio Badillo and Constitución Street area of Puerto Vallarta.

Everyone is welcome to ‘shuffle’ between participating shops, offering everything from fine art to handmade jewellery and join in engaging conversations while soaking up the ambient atmosphere with music and complimentary cocktails along the way. Due to the popularity of the event it is also set to run every other Friday until the end of March 2015.

January 14-18: Sayulita Festival, Riviera Nayarit

Although it may still be a while before the festival season in the UK kicks off, the year-round sunny climate in this part of Mexico means that there is always an outdoor celebration to be enjoyed. The colourful Sayulita Festival brings the laid-back, bohemian town of Sayulita to life in mid January with an exhilarating mix of different activities from across the spectrum of the arts. Well-known music artists are set to perform and filmmakers and directors are lined up to present over 60 international films right on the pristine beach. As well as this the festival also boasts the biggest longboard surf competition ever held in Latin America, with competitors flying in from across the globe.

Gastronomy is also a central part of the festival, with attendees invited to food tasting sessions with renowned chefs and alcohol tasting sessions of wine, beer and of course Mexico’s most famous drink tequila. Most importantly this event is more than just a beach party, as it is for a worthy cause, with all proceeds going towards the establishment of a creative, community space in the area.

January 14-18: International Golf Club Challenge, Riviera Nayarit

Hosted by the luxurious St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, this year’s International Golf Club Challenge will welcome golfers from around the world to challenge themselves in three rounds of golf on its world-renowned courses, designed by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus. Each round has its own distinctive merits, such as the iconic ‘Tail of the Whale’ 19th hole in the first round. True to the reputation of Punta Mita celebrities will be attendance including US Open Champion Corey Pavin, who will be giving exclusive master classes.

However, there’s more than golf to be enjoyed at the event as it opens with a decadent cocktail/dinner evening and closes with a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. In between guests will discover the flavours of Mexico by an acclaimed group of Mexico’s top chefs, tequila masters and winemakers, showcasing themselves at the resort’s spectacular restaurants.

Cross Marketing Campaign Generates Millions of Impressions

  • The public relations collaboration with Schick, Deezer and the Hard Rock Hotel generated over 5 million impressions in the press, plus more via social media as well as an ROI of $2.5 million Mexican pesos.

The cross marketing campaign set in motion by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) with Schick, Deezer and the Hard Rock Hotel was a resounding success. It was launched in August and to date has delivered over 5 million impressions via the domestic media.

The idea behind this public relations’ effort was to maximize the brands’ investments in order to generate ideas that would proactively and powerfully reach those audiences with the most compatible profiles.

The campaign began in August with the presentation of the rock band Coronel at the Hard Rock Hotel during a promotion titled “Libera tu Estilo con Schick en Riviera Nayarit” (Set Your Style Free With Schick In The Riviera Nayarit), which achieved a little under 4 million impressions on social media. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Southwest Airlines Files Applications For Additional Flights To The Riviera Nayarit

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation has received applications from the airline requesting approval for flights from Houston to the tourism destinations of Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit beginning in October 2015.

  • Southwest Airlines announced via a press release last December 11th their application with the U.S. Department of Transportation requesting approval for flights from Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport to the Vallarta-Nayarit International Airport.

    “Service to Mexico will be the cornerstone of our international operation at Hobby; the four cities we are announcing today (December 11th) provide exciting travel and business options for consumers,” stated Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Chairman, President and CEO.

Monday, December 15, 2014

9th Sinergiarte Festival

  • The Colectivo San Pancho extends an open invitation to this exciting event that takes place from December 20-28 in the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit. Now in its 9th year, the festival is titled “Por todas mis relaciones” (To All My Relationships).

The Colectivo San Pancho extends an open invitation to its 9th annual Sinegiarte Festival. Titled “Por todas mis relaciones” (To All My Relations), the event celebrates the fusion of art and culture in San Francisco, also known as San Pancho and named the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit.

For the past nine years the main objective of the festival has been to share the work of the local arts community, providing visibility and exposure while giving the community at large a look at art and trends from other regions, all of which serves to enrich the area and encourages exploration and growth within the sector.

Artists engaging in different disciplines will come together from December 20th to 28th to exhibit and share their talent. Several multidisciplinary activities will take place simultaneously, including workshops, conferences, debates, projections and shows.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

More Cultural Space Opens Up In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The opening of Stage & Forum Nuevo Vallarta and La Casita Mágica in San Pancho adds to the growing number of regional draws for cultural tourism.

More and more dedicated art spaces are cropping up with an eye towards solidifying the offerings for cultural tourism in the Riviera Nayarit. The most recent inaugurations are the Stage & Forum Nuevo Vallarta and La Casita Mágica in San Pancho.

The Riviera Nayarit now has a theater for stage presentations and a new gallery for paintings and sculptures.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Beach Cleanup Network Keeps Working At The End Of The Year

  • This is the 7th and final cleanup that will take place during the 2014 high season; so far the crews have picked up over 4 thousand bags of trash. These actions align with the destination’s pursuit of environmental certificates such as EarthCheck and Blue Flag.

It all began seven months ago when two groups put their words into action and created the Beach Cleanup Network, which went on to become a magnet for other groups that have been cleaning up the beaches of the Riviera Nayarit every month.

The 15 groups and communities coordinated and backed by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) have picked up over 4,000 black trash bags in 2014, minimizing the environmental impact of this detritus on the beaches and the sea, as well as cleaning up their image.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Saturday Waterside Art Shows Begin Along The Nuevo Vallarta Boardwalk

  • Painting, sculpture and art installations will line the malecón during the entire high season from 9 a.m. to noon. The Winter Solstice on December 21st will see the official presentation of the Sailboat Sculpture and its sundial.

For the fourth consecutive year the Saturday Waterside Art Shows along the Marina Nuevo Vallarta boardwalk are being set up, ready to present local art all throughout the high season in order to reinforce cultural tourism in the Riviera Nayarit.

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon there will be a lineup of mostly local artists preparing painting and sculpture installations, thus creating a tourist attraction for the region.

Federico León de la Vega, owner and founder of art gallery and cultural center Estudio Café is also part of the team that organizes the Saturday Waterside Art Shows and an artist in his own right. He mentioned they have had up to 15 artists participating in these events.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Proyecto 40 Positions The Riviera Nayarit On A Domestic Level

  • Kaleidoscopio, a program airing on the Proyecto 40 television station, prepared some short films on the Riviera Nayarit to beam into their followers in over 10 million homes in Mexico. They also took shots of the most beautiful vistas in the destination as openers for their general programming.

The Mexican tourist has historically occupied the top spot in number of visitors to the region, which means maintaining the destination’s presence and positioning in the domestic market is a priority with the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). Thus, the press trip arranged with Proyecto 40.

The production team for Kaleidoscopio, a popular program hosted by Vivian Silverstein, visited the destination in October to film and later produce two short films on the Riviera Nayarit to be aired in November. They also took a series of shots to be used in the production of openers, closers and bumpers for other shows.

The Capitals of the Riviera Nayarit were the protagonists of this trip that included a stop in Sayulita where they focused on surfing and in San Pancho they filmed a turtle liberation event. These made up the first film.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Triple FAM Trip: Brazil, Colombia And Canada

  • The Riviera Nayarit organized this FAM trip to take place during the XX International Gourmet Festival and the resulting PR activity is expected to generate over a million impressions.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) decided to take advantage of the 20th anniversary of the International Gourmet Festival and invited writers from several countries to partake in a FAM trip during the event.

Journalists from Brazil, Colombia and Canada all specializing in media covering gastronomy, luxury and tourism had the opportunity to enjoy the festival, which took place in The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort under the title “Flavors of Punta Mita.”

“The Flavors of Punta Mita was a grand celebration that brought those of us who make up the destination of Punta Mita (hotels, developer, restaurants, chefs, providers, residents, guests and contributors) together for a common cause: namely, to kick off the new season,” mentioned Carl Emberson, General Manager of the St. Regis.

Monday, December 8, 2014

3rd Riviera Nayarit Sailors’ Splash

  • About 140 vessels from the United States, Canada and the northern coast of the Mexican Pacific that are sailing as part of the traditional Baja Ha-Ha will visit the area for a lengthy stay that will benefit tourism in general.

For the third year in a row the destination prepares to celebrate the Riviera Nayarit Sailors’ Splash, a rally that coincides with the 21st anniversary of the Baja Ha-Ha, whose participants will be arriving in the area starting on December 12th.

The Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle will welcome about 140 vessels that will be generating excellent dividends for tourism in the region thanks to their extended stay in the Banderas Bay area.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

EarthCheck Agreement Signed For The Riviera Nayarit

  • Nuevo Vallarta’s commitment to the strict program in search of the certification as an EarthCheck destination is now official; the “Outreach Presentation for Tourist Communities” workshop took place immediately after.

December 4th marked the official start of the work needed to transform Nuevo Vallarta into Mexico’s second destination to be certified as an EarthCheck Community, an undertaking that was initiated by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the first initiative of its kind in Mexico.

This important action brought together the different environmental and tourism representatives from the states and the municipalities, as well as private and social entities, and allowed them to be a part of this environmental sustainability project.

“We believe this ceremonial event will reinforce the commitment that has been taking shape in the past few months. The Riviera Nayarit is truly an innovative destination and has positioned itself very strongly both on a domestic as well as an international level. We’re very honored to have them join the EarthCheck Community,” said Erika Lobos, Manager for EarthCheck Mexico and Latin America.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Everything Is A Go For The Classic Rock Fest

  • An information and ticket sales booth will be set up on December 7th at the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta and will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is a can’t-miss event!

Every rocker has his day and the stars are already gathering and fine-tuning their instruments while the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta are busy finalizing the details to kick off the most important artistic event of the year: the Vallarta-Nayarit Classic Rock Fest.

The organizing committee has announced that everything is a go. The region’s hotels have blocked off rooms for guests to make their reservations for the weekend of December 11-15, when the destinations will celebrate the coolest decades of rock with one of the hottest parties of the year. 

“We hope people take advantage of this very unique opportunity to see this many world-class stars on one stage,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). “Many of them had already hung up their guitars and are coming out of retirement just for these concerts. You really can’t miss this event!”

AHMBB Wraps Up Their 2014 Training And Certification Programs

  • The numbers indicate a total of 32 courses imparted including training and certification programs benefitting 1,142 employees from 22 hotels in the bay area.

In order to consolidate the level of service in the Riviera Nayarit through strategic training focused on increasing the destination’s growth and impact, the Banderas Bay Hotel and Motel Association’s (AHMBB by its acronym in Spanish) Human Resources Committee announced the results of the training and certification programs corresponding to 2014.

There were a total of 32 courses imparted including training and certification programs that benefitted a total 1,142 employees from 22 hotels, among them managers, department heads, supervisors, line staff and security personnel.

The objective was to reinforce the management of human resources in the Banderas Bay hotels using an annual work plan focused on strengthening and maximizing the potentiality of those responsible in order to contribute to the healthy performance of the human talent in the hotel sector.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

More Blue Flags For The Riviera Nayarit

  • The process to obtain more blue flags for 2015 began after an initial meeting with Blue Flag personnel, representatives from three levels of government, plus regional businessmen and associations.

The Riviera Nayarit already leads the way in Mexico with 10 Certified Clean Beaches plus a Blue Flag certification and is striving to achieve even more for the coming year.

To this end a meeting was held at the start of November headed by Raúl Rodrigo Pérez, Secretary of Tourism for Nayarit, and Joaquín Díaz Ríos, coordinator for Mexico’s Blue Flag program and a member of Pronatura México.

Also present were Marc Murphy, the Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), regional hoteliers and representatives from the three levels of government that deal with this subject.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2014 Saw The Recovery Of 174,120 Tourists In 10 Months

  • The statistics reported by GAP indicate there was a 9% increase in the domestic market and a 20% growth in the international market in 2014 when compared to 2013.

There are still two months to go before the end of the year and according to the official report by the Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) there was an increase of 174,120 from January through October of this year compared to the same period of time in 2013.

A total of 1,225,565 tourists have arrived at the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport during the first ten months of the year, while in 2013 there were a total of 1,051,445. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Riviera Nayarit Prepares For Its 3rd Twitter Party


  • This Friday, December 5th, Twitter will light up with a party dedicated to every activity in the Riviera Nayarit.

To celebrate the success of the previous two parties and in order to end the 2014 Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) marketing campaigns on a high note, there will be a third #RivieraNayarit Twitter Party taking place next Friday, December 5th

This final Twitter gathering of 2014 will take place right at the start of the region’s high season, so it will focus on all of the activities guests can enjoy in the Riviera Nayarit so visitors can know just how many wonderful things there are to do in our destination.

The Twitter Party will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., hitting a high point from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., when the Riviera Nayarit Social Media Club—made up of local hotels and tourism businesses—will chime in in order to interact with the participants.