Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Rivera Nayarit And Puerto Vallarta Trained Online Travel Agencies

  • Both destinations updated over 200 call center agents at online travel agencies (OTAs) Best Day, Price Travel and Hotelbeds.

The joint promotional activities completed by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) included visits by the promotions team to Cancun, Quintana Roo, where they held seminars for call center agents.

On September 21, 22 and 23 2016, online travel agencies Best Day, Price Travel and Hotelbeds received all the latest and most relevant news from the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta in order to update mainly the Domestic Market.

“These actions will be even more beneficial if we take into consideration the fact these online travel agencies supply various tour operators throughout Mexico, which then use their reservations sites to sell our destinations,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director for the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

Monday, September 26, 2016

2nd Riviera Nayarit Triathlon

  • There are 700 spots open for triathletes ages 16 to 75 plus who want to participate in the 11 categories of the Sprint Triathlon and the 16 categories of the Olympic Triathlon.

The Iberostar Playa Mita and the Master Planned Development of Litibú will host the 2nd Riviera Nayarit Triathlon, set to take place next Saturday, October 1st starting at 6:30 a.m. in the Riviera Nayarit.

Vive Más Sport organized this competition, which is part of the National Triathlon Series and is endorsed by the Mexican Triathlon Federation with the support of the Bahía de Banderas City Council, the Government of the State of Nayarit, the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the National Trust for Tourism Development (Fonatur by its acronym in Spanish).

The Sprint Triathlon includes a 750m swim, 20km of cycling and a 5km run for participants ages 16 to 65 plus. The Olypmic Triathlon includes a 1.5km swim, a 40km bicycle ride and a 10km race for participants ages 18 to 75 plus.

The Olympic Triathlon also includes a mixed relay as well as the Elite Sub 23 and the Elite categories for experts.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Vote For Riviera Nayarit Hotels In The Food and Travel Awards

  • Vote for The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort or the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in the category of Best Beach Hotel in Mexico and win a trip to Thailand.

Food and Travel Mexico magazine already has the nominees for the third edition of the Food and Travel Readers Awards 2016, and this year two of the Riviera Nayarit’s hotels are among the finalists.

The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort are both located on the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula and are nominees in the category of Best Beach Hotel in Mexico. The deadline is midnight on October 21, 2016.

Food and Travel is giving away an eight-day, all-expenses paid luxury trip for two to Thailand with business-class airfare on KLM  (Mexico-Amsterdam-Bangkok-Amsterdam-Mexico) with stays in special category hotels.

Voters can be of any nationality but they need to reside in Mexico. To learn more and cast your vote visit: http://foodandtravel.mx/awards/.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Travelers Pick La Cruz As Mexico’s Most Welcoming City

  • Expedia Mexico launched a survey to find the top 40 most welcoming cities in Mexico; the results also placed Punta Mita and Nuevo Vallarta among those chosen by 30 thousand travelers.

Expedia.mx, one of the largest online travel agencies in the world, used their verified rankings and user comments to select the 40 most welcoming cities in Mexico—and the Riviera Nayarit’s La Cruz de Huanacaxtle took first place.

The top elements that came into play for the choice were hospitality, comfort and tranquility; Punta Mita came in at no. 8 and Nuevo Vallarta joined in at no. 38.

The description of La Cruz reads as follows: “The first name on this exclusive list is this colorful fishing village located in the Riviera Nayarit. It has a small population, making it a tranquil destination; it has an excellent climate and beautiful beaches. Here you can experience the Arte Huichol gallery and the Museo del Tequila y Mariachi, or go out fishing. It offers different options for tourists.” The town took the spotlight with a score of 4.75 out of a maximum of 5.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Riviera Nayarit Hotels Receive Multiple Awards

  • Eight of the area’s hotels received Golden Apple Awards, four received Quality Assurance awards and one of the destination’s resorts was numbered among the top 60 family-friendly hotels in Mexico.

This month some of the most important tour operators in the United States announced the winners of the awards their companies give to the best performers in the global tourism industry. As they do every year, the Riviera Nayarit’s hotels received their share.

“These awards position the quality of the Riviera Nayarit’s hotels higher on the international stage,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the RivieraNayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “There’s no doubt being recognized by Apple Vacations, Delta Vacations and Family Vacation Critic motivates the hotels and considerably increases the trust place in our Destination by the end consumer.”

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Meeting Place Riviera Nayarit Promotes The Meetings Industry

  • Besides being the considered Mexico’s “Convention Tianguis,” it’s the only one of its kind in Latin America that brings together so many of the country’s meeting planners for nearly three days of negotiations.  

Activities began for the Meeting Place Riviera Nayarit on Monday, September 19, 2016. The Hard Rock HotelVallarta is hosting the business meetings and there will be different activities in several of the Destination’s hotels in order to promote the area’s meetings industry.

“We calculate a total of over 1,500 business meetings will take place,” said Fernando Compeán, Director of the Meeting Place Riviera Nayarit. “Over the course of these few days more than 20% of the meeting planners are going to enter into contracts for events with local providers, because we’ve seen that Bahía de Banderas is a very attractive destination, even more so now that they’re unveiling new properties in the Riviera Nayarit.”

Compeán estimates these business meetings will close a little over USD$4 million in deals right on the convention floor, which will be just the tip of the iceberg for future negotiations for the Destination.

Monday, September 19, 2016

4th Annual 3 – 7K Flamingos Run In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Using the tagline “Running For Our Health” and with the objective of helping those in need, the registration cost for the race is cans or kilos of non-perishable food items for the most vulnerable.

The Hotel Samba Vallarta by Emporio Hotels & Suites owned by Grupo Diestra in collaboration with the Groups and Events desk of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) extend an invitation to join in the 4th Annual 3 – 7K Flamingos Run set for September 24, 2016, at the Condominio Maestro Flamingos in the Riviera Nayarit.

Using the slogan “Running For Our Health,” this year’s race extends from 5 to 7 kilometers in four separate categories: Women Collaborators, Women’s Open, Men Collaborators and Men’s Open.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Riviera Nayarit Gains Extraordinary Diffusion On Televisa

  • There were over 52 million media impressions in Mexico, the United States and some countries of South America and Europe, thanks to broadcasts on network TV, pay TV, Televisa.com and Blim.

It’s a well known fact that Televisa has been the leading network in Mexico for years, something that came into play with the extraordinary diffusion obtained by the Riviera Nayarit thanks to the documentary titled Tesoro Escondido de México (Mexico’s Hidden Treasure), created by producer and reporter Alberto Tinoco Guadarrama for the Los Reporteros (The Reporters) and Por el Planeta (For the Planet) segments.

There were 22 shows broadcast during prime time on Televisa’s newscasts (Canal 2, Foro TV and Galavisión), 21 reruns on pay TV and 5 capsules placed on Televisa.com. The complete documentary is also available on the streaming service, Blim.com.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Top Five - Nightlife and Beach Clubs in the Riviera Nayarit

There are plenty of places to see and be seen up and down the coast of Nayarit, from glamorous beach clubs in the resorts to laid-back hangouts under the ramadas at the water’s edge… 

5.- Etc. Beach Club / Nuevo Vallarta
Tucked in among the luxury hotel developments in Nuevo Vallarta, this beach club is geared 100% to families and offers the same excellent service you’ve come to expect from this microdestination.

4.- Frente al Punto / Sayulita
This is one of the newest hotspots in the Bahía de Banderas area: it’s a place to enjoy both the beach and Sayulita’s famous boho ambiance. Head on over to spend the day or celebrate a special occasion. 

¡The Pescado Zarandeado Is A Must In The Riviera Nayarit!

What in the world is a pescado zarandeado? It’s actually one of the signature seafood dishes of the Riviera Nayarit! Today we’ll learn a bit about its history, how to make it and why it’s so very delicious—all with the help of the Riviera Nayarit’s Culinary Ambassador, Chef Betty Vázquez.

The pescado zarandeado is, quite simply, baked fish. This is a traditional dish prepared along the estuaries of the Isla de Mexcaltitán, where they fish the tidal waters and once—way back when they could take full advantage of their natural resources—burned local mangrove wood to make the charcoal to cook their catch. (Today the mangrove is a protected species, so they currently use other types of wood.)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

4th Annual De La Cruz International Sport Fishing Tournament

  • There are over 3 million pesos in prizes this year, among them a pickup truck, seven cars and fishing gear, as well as high daily jackpots and cars for those who break the current Marlin and Sail Fish records.

La Cruz de Huancaxtle, the Nautical Capital of the Riviera Nayarit, will be ground zero for the 4th Annual De La Cruz International Sport Fishing Tournament from September 28th through October 1st of this year, putting to the test both the facilities of the Marina Riviera Nayarit and the capacity of the fishermen to make the best of what the Bahía de Banderas has to offer.

The four categories include: Sail Fish, Marlin, Dorado and Tuna. This year they expect to surpass the 52-boat record, as there are already over 40 boats registered. The registration cost per boat is USD$2,000. Participants include anglers from 12 Mexican states as well as the United States, Canada and even one from Korea.

“This has been organized with the best of intentions by the Riviera Nayarit; obviously by the CVB, represented by Marc Murphy; the Inapesca; the Marina Riviera Nayarit and all of the sponsors who are working with us,” declared Miguel Sierra Quintana, President of the Board of Directors for the Tepic Sport Fishing Club.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

X-Men Sighting In The Riviera Nayarit

  • James Marsden, also known as Cyclops in the X-Men movie series, was seen enjoying some R&R at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort with the love of his life, British singer-songwriter Edei.

US actor and model James Marsden, known for his role as Cyclops in the X-Men movie series, was seen on a romantic getaway in the Riviera Nayarit with his girlfriend, British singer-songwriter Edei. They seemed very much in love as they enjoyed the luxurious accommodations of The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort.

The Hollywood actor and the young chanteuse visited Las Islas Marietas as part of their experience, which also included the two signature activities of the St. Regis Punta Mita: the champagne ritual, which consists of opening a bottle with a sword; and the fishing ritual that takes place when the boats arrive with the catch of the day so the guests can choose their own fish and let the chef know how they’d like it prepared.

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Events Are Back On In The Riviera Nayarit!

After a short break during the month of August the events are back in the Riviera Nayarit from September through October. Check out the list for the cream of the crop of social, cultural, sports and culinary events:

4th Flamingos 3-7K Race (September 26) 
This is a recreational race, mainly to encourage the love of sports and give runners one more excuse to come vacation in the Riviera Nayarit.

4th International Sport Fishing Tournament in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle (Septembre 28 – October 1)
One of the most important sport fishing tournaments in the Riviera Nayarit is held in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Dozens of boats will be seeking to break the records for Tuna, Marlin, Mahi Mahi and Sailfish and take home the top prizes. 

San Francisco Patron Saint Festivities (September 26 – October 4)
The local Patron Saint Festivities in San Francisco—better known as San Pancho—are a very Mexican tradition held every year. Come enjoy the dances and the local verbena with its unique flair in this, the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit.

National Riviera Nayarit Triathlon Series (October 1)
Litibú will host for this sporting event for those who are prepared to brave the Swimming, Biking and Running portions on the beaches and mountains of the Destination. You can’t miss it! 

5th MTB Las Varas Mountain Bike Race (October 2)
Get ready for mountain biking to the max in the Las Varas community of Compostela. 

Vidanta Celebrity Golf Tournament (October 13-15)
The new Vidanta Golf Greg Norman Design course will be inaugurated in high style with a series of events, among them, this celebrity tournament with several ex NFL, NBA and PGA Tour athletes. 

3rd 5 and 10K Guayabitos Race 2016 (October 16)
The Avenida Sol Nuevo in Rincón de Guayabitos will come alive with runners enjoying this casual competition and family-friendly atmosphere.

Alfredo Barba Hernández Aquatic Marathon (October 22)
This is the first time this aquatic event takes place in the Riviera Nayarit—it’s not only a top-level competition but also quite a sight for visitors. The Bahía de Jaltemba will be brimming with swimmers in search of glory.

8th Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica (October 23-26)
This year’s schedule places it among the top events of its kind on the continent: 46 chefs from around the world will be participating, along with four special guests who share 6 Michelin stars among them—including Jordi Roca, who has three of those to his name. Click here for a calendar of events: http://www.rivieranayarit.com.mx/calendario_de_eventos.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Joint Promotional Campaign Holds Seminars In Utah And Colorado

  • Over 150 travel agents received training and updates in Salt Lake City, Denver and Colorado Springs.

The Joint Promotional Campaign being worked by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau alongside the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust made stops in Utah and Colorado last week to promote the destinations in advance of the 2016-2017 Winter Season.

The promotional teams of both offices visited Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as Denver and Colorado Springs in Colorado together with 20 regional hotels.

They organized three seminars for travel agencies in order to update them on the latest tourism news from the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta. There were a total of 150 travel agents present, as well as representatives from five of the top tour operators in the United States.

Each of the seminars followed the traditional trade show format, where the hotels and the wholesalers provided information to the agents, followed by presentations by the destinations. To help incentivize agents, they ended with a raffle for visits to both resort areas, including flights and accommodations.

Patricia Herrera, executive director of the regional office of the Mexico Tourism Board, was also present lending the support of the federal government to the endeavors.

Salt Lake City and Denver are considered important cities of origin for tourism to the region, as they both offer year round direct flights.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Riviera Nayarit Launches ¡Viva México! Promotions

  • There are 33 hotels from the towns of Bahía de Banderas and Compostela offering discounts of up to 55 percent, kids stay free, complimentary dinners and tours, among other amenities.

On September 5, 2016 the Riviera Nayarit launched an entire month of promotions titled ¡Viva México! for visitors looking to spend a few days in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Bahía de Banderas and Compostela Hotel and Motel Associations have been working together to coordinate this year’s fourth round of promotions in order to expand upon the Destination’s excellent summer season.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Vallarta Gardens Adds To The Number Of Luxury Rooms In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The development is projected to have 120 rooms completed by the end of 2017, 90 of which will be ready for May of that year; the property is set to become the first boutique private residence club in the Riviera Nayarit.

The Riviera Nayarit has positioned itself as a luxury destination in both the domestic and the international markets, which is why Vallarta Gardens Resort & Spa in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is looking to increase its luxury offerings with the opening of The Hamptons.

“We started working on the investment three years ago and today the development has become a reality—our goal is to become the best and only boutique private residence club in Bahía de Banderas and the Riviera Nayarit,” commented Jesús Carmona, Operations Director for Vallarta Gardens.

Friday, September 2, 2016

3rd National Guayabitos Beach Volleyball Tournament

  • There are $20 thousand pesos in prizes for the freestyle category for both men and women; the categories Sub-15 and Sub-17 will participate as guests.

The Riviera Nayarit is ready to welcome the 3rd National Guayabitos Beach Volleyball Tournament on Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11, 2016, an event organized the Compostela Association of Hotels and Motels (AHMC by its acronym in Spanish) and the Nayarit State Tourism Trust.

The tournament will be freestyle for both men and women, with that participation of some of the best duos in the country from the states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán, Zacatecas, Sonora and Estado de México. The Sub-15 and Sub-17 will also participate as guests.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tourism Service Providers Cleaned Up At Islas Marietas

  • A total of 64 participants went out on 10 boats, filling up 45 black bags with trash along the way, 80% of which was made up of plastic bottles.

The management of the Islas Marietas National Park, which is part of the National Commission of Protected National Areas (Conanp, by its acronym in Spanish), together with the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the local tourism service providers all took part in a cleanup of the Islas Marietas on Monday, August 29, 2016.

“We’d like to thank the tourism service providers and the local bay area businesses,” stated the federal agency in its social media accounts. “Thanks to all those who worked closely with the staff of the Conanp that one day and helped us to clean out so much trash from the Islas Marieta. It was a job well done.”

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Punta de Mita Foundation Presents The Money From The Conservation Fund

  • Civil associations CALEV, which is dedicated to rescuing wildlife and ECOBAC, which works on the prevention, surveillance and humpback whale monitoring, received the $60 thousand pesos in the fund.

On Monday August 29, 2016 the Punta de Mita Foundation symbolically delivered the moneys from the Conservation Fund to the grassroots organizations that were accredited as the winners for their conservation projects on Banderas Bay.

The winning organizations were the Centro de Rescate de Fauna Silvestre, CALEV A.C. and Ecología y Conservación de Ballenas, ECOBAC, A.C. The event took place at the Banderas Bay Technological Institute.

A total of nine organizations presented conservation projects in order to participate in the call, but only two of them will be able to access the $60 thousand pesos that were in the fund; the other participants received consultations on the structure of their projects and will be able to participate again in the future.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The 8th Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronómica Gets Cooking

  • This year the event has positioned itself to be one of the most important culinary events in Mexico and Latin America thanks to its amazing lineup, which includes four chefs who together have received six Michelin stars.  

The 8th Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronómica is already cooking! This culinary event welcomes to the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta some of the culinary world’s top chefs, sommeliers, speakers and exhibitors, both domestic and international.

The festival takes place from October 23-26, 2016; the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, will host the show cooking events, conferences, premium tastings and gourmet workshops.

Organized by Grupo E-Consulting, the event has become one of the most important and well-established culinary festivals in Mexico and Latin America, thanks among other things to the presence of four chefs who together have received six Michelin stars: Chef Jordi Roca has three Michelin stars; Chefs Monste Estruch, Kisko García and Roberto Ruiz each have one Michelin star.