Monday, November 30, 2015

San Pancho Extends An Open Invitation To Its Art Workshops

  • The Circo de los Niños and the Bodega Danza are offering circus workshops for babies, kids and teens, ballet classes for all ages, Bharatanatyan for beginners, Hip-Hop and Acro Yoga.

San Pancho, the Riviera Nayarit’s Culture Capital, is hosting more art workshops during the month of December in an effort to continue promoting culture and the arts in this very special microdestination in the Riviera Nayarit.

There are different workshops open to the public throughout the year at the Bodega del Circo de los Niños and the Bodega Danza, perfect for everyone from kids to teens to adults. Classes are held at different times during the mornings and afternoons.

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Tourism Recovery In The Riviera Nayarit Is A Done Deal

  • Statistics from 2012 through 2015 indicate marked increases: 11% in occupancy, 16.5% in revenue and 23% in room-nights.

The Riviera Nayarit has recovered what was lost during the economic crisis that spanned from 2008 through 2012, and it has done so in the space of three years. The goal for 2016 is to continue on the same road to attain even more achievements.

The Joint Promotional Campaign undertaken by the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta has been key and the proof can be found in the number of passengers that now transit through the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport.

There has been a 28% increase in arrivals by plane, representing 359,520 seats. This statistic was pulled from information provided by the Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) when comparing 2012 versus the projections for the close of 2015.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Humpback Whales Already Putting On A Show In The Riviera Nayarit

It’s not even December and the fishermen are already reporting whale sightings in Banderas Bay.

They’re here!! The humpback whales are back! There’s no doubt the warm waters of the Mexican Pacific are a favorite winter vacation spot for these magnificent creatures, who travelfor their annual December through March stay. Their visit is much anticipated by the hundreds of tourists that come to view Nature’s “celebrities.”

Every year these cetaceans visit Banderas Bay to give birth or reproduce, a ritual that involves a serenade by the males as well as a graceful marine ballet. At the end, the female—larger than the male—decides who is the chosen one. Sound familiar?

This encounter between these gigantic mammals is an amazing spectacle for visitors to the Riviera Nayarit, as they perform amazing stunts and can, at times, propel half their bodies out of the water. And for an animal that’s 12 to 16 meters long and weighs between 30 and 40 tons, that’s no mean feat!

The gestation period for this species is around 11 months, so some whales arrive already heavy with calves, seeking shallower, warmer water without any strong currents so they can give birth as comfortably as possible.

Humpback calves tend to be very playful and love to leap out of the water, happy to be alive and in the Riviera Nayarit. The mother waits until the baby feeds and is strong enough to travel before heading back to the frigid north. 

These friendly animals are a must-see during your visit this winter and are one more example of the luxurious nature that surrounds the Riviera Nayarit.

Swap the UK for a Mexican Christmas! Wave Good-bye to your Winter Woollies and say Hello to Summer Sombreros!

With December proving to be one of the most exciting months of the year for Mexico and with many late deals popping up in a range of beautiful hotels across the country’s newest beach resorts of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, there’s no better time than now to chase a dream and make a last minute change to your Christmas Schedule.

Why Visit?
Why give up the tree, the turkey, the presents and the comfort of a roaring fire at home to spend Christmas in the Pacific?

The answer is simple: with 800km of golden sand beaches, a subtropical climate with year-round average temperatures of 25°C and 300 days of sun a year, the Pacific Coast of Mexico is a peaceful Paradise of unparalleled beauty just waiting to be explored. For a winter-sun holiday like no other, there’s no better time to visit than in the midst of the most magically celebrated time of year!

In the run-up to Christmas, Mexican culture, rhythmic music, exhilarating sport, flavoursome food and vibrant fiestas combine in a very special way, creating a unique charm that attracts all. There is no shortage of events, which ensure everyone can enjoy a perfect once-in-a-life-time Christmas experience!

For the nature enthusiasts…
December in Mexico marks a special change in the air. For the past 6 months numerous species’ of Sea Turtle have chosen the protected beaches of Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta to lay their eggs; but as their nesting season comes to an end, another begins, this time for many endangered species’ of Whale, namely the Humpback Whale.

Banderas Bay is amongst the most important breeding grounds in the world for these beautiful creatures and tourists can participate in responsible activities such as daily early morning baby turtle liberation ceremonies and whale watching guided boat tours. Time it right, and you could be lucky enough to witness both breath-taking and heart-warming spectacles!

For the culture vultures…
December is the best time of year to absorb Mexico’s vibrant wealth of cultural events as its full calendar of traditional fiestas brings the crowds to life.

The celebrations begin with traditional pilgrimages made in honour of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico, during the first 12 days of December. In Vallarta processions head towards the parish in the centre of the tourist district whilst street vendors sell a mouth-watering array of typical Mexican snacks.

December 11th and 12th are important anniversaries for both Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, whereby the regions celebrate their establishments with shows, civic activities, music and competitions.

Mexico’s culture is also proudly displayed at the annual ‘Singergiarte Festival’ in San Francisco aka ‘San Pancho’ (December 12-20) via a different artistic theme each year. This year, during the festival’s 10th anniversary, the topic ‘Multicultural Community’ will be showcased through various activities and ending with grand stage shows!

But perhaps the biggest and most impressive celebrations take place during Christmas Week, from December 16th to December 24th, when families, schools, businesses and neighbourhoods all come together at parties known as posadas to re-enact Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for lodging.

For the food junkies…
During these posadas the striking of the traditional piñata unleashes a delicious abundance of Mexican flavours as seasonal fruits fall to the ground. With these ingredients the Christmas Punch is prepared and served in little clay jugs.

For a reasonable price, visitors can also experience the sheer delight of other authentic treats, such as sugared churros and fried bananas, at the winter Farmers Markets that take place daily across Riviera Nayarit. Market stalls sell the freshest organic produce and homemade dishes, as well as locally hand-made crafts and even yoga classes!

Meanwhile, on December 5th in the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta, two special culinary events, the ‘Taste of Nuevo Vallarta’ and ‘Chili Cook-Off’, invite people to sample all kinds of local dishes and cooking styles.

For the night owls…
For New Years Eve, head to Puerto Vallarta, where the New Year is seen in with an Internationally renowned Fireworks Festival and street performances along the Malecon, supported by typically Mexican music that lasts throughout the entire night.

For the sport fanatics…
Mexican festivities are diverse and aren’t just limited to religious celebrations: Watersports competitions such as the ‘Banderas Bay Blast Sailing Regatta’ in mid-December and ‘The Riviera Nayarit Sailors’ Splash’ on December 11th, as well as Golf events like the ‘Puerto Vallarta Pro Am’ (7th – 12th December 2015), now in its 26th year, exhibit the Pacific Coast’s finest golf courses and highest quality sailing facilities and add to general excitement of December along the Pacific Coast.

Unlike in the UK, where the Christmas festivities come to an abrupt end on Boxing day, Mexico offers you the chance to enjoy the Christmas spirit for longer as the official festive period lasts until the Day of the Three Kings on January 6th. This final gift-giving day leaves one feeling fully satisfied, as volunteers from local charities and hotels distribute truck-loads of toys to disadvantaged children in hospitals and rural areas.

With so much to experience, who would want to miss out on this unique opportunity to spend Christmas in Mexico?

Where to stay?
With the endless celebrations of a Mexican December you’ll need somewhere to retreat to in order to relax and rejuvenate. There’s no time like the present to keep an eye out for special promotional Christmas deals right across the board!

The most recent addition to Riviera Nayarit’s fantastic selection of quality hotels encompasses a Native Mexican feel as it is decorated throughout with traditional, colourful Huichol art. It prides itself on its top quality and varied gastronomy, as well as its 3 18-hole golf courses and numerous fitness and spa rooms for those who enjoy lapping up luxury!

For a similar option in Riviera Nayarit, Anai Suites offers charming comfort in a relaxing environment. Just a stone’s throw from the sandy beach, this small complex boasts beautiful grounds and gardens, colourful rooms, plenty of facilities to enjoy and an excellent, friendly service.

Safety Has Been Nayarit’s Number One Tourism Advocate

  • Nayarit has been recognized on a domestic level as one of the safest states in the Republic; the Riviera Nayarit CVB and the hotels in the tourist zone have been able to compete on the world stage thanks to its peaceful atmosphere.

The tourism sector is immensely grateful to Nayarit Governor Roberto Sandoval Castañeda for the peace and safety that has returned once again to this region. It’s because of this that the Destination has been able to position itself on a world stage. 

“We must give credit where it is due,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). “Governor Sandoval’s current administration has been essential in providing what’s become the platform for the CVB and the hotels in the tourist zone to attract tourism to the Destination.”

“Sometimes we forget that just about four years ago the state had the money to invest in tourism promotion but the conditions weren’t ideal,” added Murphy. “And then the governor did the best possible thing he could for us, which is bring about order, thus creating a platform for us to be able to compete with other destinations around the globe.”

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

“Winter In Paradise” Promotions

  • Visitors can enjoy discounts from 20% up to 50% off, third nights free, interest-free payments, two kids stay free, complimentary buffet breakfast, complimentary tour of choice, unlimited rounds of golf, $50 USD resort credits for the spa and much more.

The Riviera Nayarit Hotel and Motel Association and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) recently launched the last promos of the year under the title “Winter in Paradise,” which will be in vigor from November 24, 2015 through January 16, 2016.

“We’ll continue to create these promotions with the local hotels because we’re looking to motivate national tourism in addition to international visitors, in particular, those from the state of Nayarit,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) is also reinforcing the campaign in the United States and Canada with the hashtag #WeAreOpen, confirming all services are operating normally within the Riviera Nayarit; they are doing the same work within the national market with the hashtag #SigueBrillando.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit Center Stage In The International Media

  • The Destination has received millions of media impressions in North America’s top media as well as across the ocean in Spain, China and even Vietnam.

The Riviera Nayarit has taken center stage in the international media lately, whether as a result of a direct action taken by the PR department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), an international event that took place at the Destination or simply because of media interest.

Private Clubs published an article on some of the many reasons why you should visit the Riviera Nayarit, making it the first destination in Mexico to appear in this prestigious luxury magazine.

Monday, November 23, 2015

MTB Launches “Welcome Patricias” Campaign

  • Every Patricia from the United States and Canada is welcome to participate in the drawing for an all-expense paid trip simply by publishing a video or a photograph at that shows just how ready they are to come visit the Mexican Pacific.

The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) launched the creative campaign titled “Welcome Patricias” in order to take advantage of the interest and expectations generated by Hurricane Patricia along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, with the intention of promoting the Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo.

“This is a very timely, attractive and original campaign that will serve to give notice that we’re ready to receive tourism just as we are every year, especially during this winter season,” stated Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We’d like to thank the MTB for their support and consideration in backing this region.”

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Joint Promotion Tours The Southwest US

  • Over 100 travel agents in Denver, Colorado, and Salt Lake City, Utah, received updates on the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta via training workshops.

The Promotions and Sales departments of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust took the Joint Promotion on a tour of the Southwest US.

During this most recent tour the successful training workshop format was repeated in Denver, Colorado, and Salt Lake City, Utah, from November 16-18, 2015. Between the two cities over 100 travel agents received updates.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Riviera Nayarit Hotels Among The Best In The World

  • Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and the Hard Rock Hotel popped up on different websites all over the Internet.

The Riviera Nayarit is a destination with a wonderful variety of hotels. In recent months, several of our resorts have appeared in publications highlighting the best in accommodations around the world. Here are a few:

Condé Nast Traveler published a list of the top 20 hotels on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, where the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita snagged 1st place and the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort placed 9th, followed by the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit in 16th place and the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in 18th.

Matlali Merges With Sirenis Hotels & Resorts

  • The Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills Resort & Spa Riviera Nayarit will have an All Inclusive Plan, plus an additional 61 new Jungle Suite accommodations, three new restaurants with Brazilian, Japanese and Italian cuisine, and a Kids Club.

The Matlali hotel, located in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle in the Riviera Nayarit, has announced its merger with the Sirenis Hotels & Resorts chain. From December 15, 2015 on forward it will be known as the Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills Resort & Spa Riviera Nayarit.

Abel Matutes Barceló, VP and Sales Manager for Sirenis Corp., commented on his satisfaction at the integration of Matlali into their portfolio, which, among other things, opens the door for them in the Mexican Pacific. Matlali is a member of the exclusive Preferred Boutique hotels group.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Successful Blue Flag Inspections In The Riviera Nayarit

  • As the recipient of the first Blue Flag of its kind in Mexico, the Marina Riviera Nayarit is setting the standards that will help adapt the criteria of this award from a beach certificate to one for marinas.

The Blue Flag inspections took place at the beach in Nuevo Vallarta Norte and at the Marina Riviera Nayarit on November 9-10, 2015; the results were positive and seamless.

The personnel from the Blue Flag Mexico National Organization inspected and verified that all the criteria necessary for this international certification were met. As far as services were concerned they examined the parking lot, facilities, information modules, bathrooms, signage and accessibility for the disabled, among other things.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

7th Half Marathon & 10K In The Riviera Nayarit

  • With an increase of 10% in participation as compared to the previous year, 2015 will welcome 1,300 runners from 16 Mexican states plus Canada, the United States, Brazil and Holland to enjoy the best tourism half marathon of the Pacific.

The 7th Riviera Nayarit Half Marathon & 10K is set to take place in Nuevo Vallarta on Saturday, November 21, 2015. This Destination anchor event has shown the most growth out of the many events taking place here, and since its inception it has counted on the support of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

“The Half Marathon is in the Riviera Nayarit for life,” commented Arturo García, the event’s organizer. “We began with 186 runners and now we have 1,300. Our objective, though, is to reach 8,000, and we think it’s entirely possible because the tendency worldwide is towards half marathons—they’re more attractive because the distance is more comfortable.”

Monday, November 16, 2015

Argentina’s Perception Of The Riviera Nayarit And Vallarta Improves

  • Two-hundred-and-forty agents were trained via seminars held in Buenos Aires, Rosario and Cordoba, and an appreciation dinner with the MTB and the region’s hotels was held for Argentine tour operators.

The Promotions department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) worked together during an intense Tour through Argentina from November 9-13, 2015, in order to raise awareness regarding the changing perceptions of this Emerging Market on this region.

“Apart from the excellent attendance and interest generated, the tour was successful because where the Argentines used to believe the beaches of the Riviera Nayarit and Vallarta were ugly and lifeless, after seeing them they were very impressed,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “This improvement in perception has been gradually achieved through press and agent FAM trips to the region, as well as these tours.”

Saturday, November 14, 2015

V Motomanía San Blas 2015

  • Over two thousand motorcycles and more than three thousand bikers from some 15 Mexican states will congregate for a grand motorized party at the 1st Biker Port of the Pacific.

The V Motomanía San Blas is set to happen from November 19-22, 2015. This motorcycle festival is growing and it’s going to be a good one. During these days the village is filled with people and the parade that snakes down the main streets of the port marks the start of high season.

The program includes activities on the San Blas dock including Mexican wrestling (lucha libre), freestyle fighting matches and live rock music. The traditional quarter-mile races will take place on the San Blas airstrip and the bikini contest in Matanchen.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Chilean And Brazilian TV To Promote This Tourism Region

  • MEGA Chile is the first Chilean station to visit the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, it’s also a ratings leader in its country of origin; Brasil Rede TV will showcase the natural bounty of the destinations to millions of Brazilians.

As part of the Joint Promotional Campaign, the Public Relations Department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and its counterpart in the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust welcomed one TV station from Chile and another from Brazil in order to stimulate these South American Emerging Markets.

MEGA Chile was the first Chilean TV station ever to visit the area, while Brasil Rede TV toured with the show Viagem Cultural.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

It’s Artisanal Tianguis Time In The Riviera Nayarit

  • From Nuevo Vallarta to La Peñita de Jaltemba, from November to May, there’s a farmers market going on every day of the week.

The Riviera Nayarit’s tourism corridor is once again busy with a variety of Artisanal and Organic Farmers Markets, also known as Tianguis, which offer locals and tourists one more shopping option during the high season (winter and part of spring). There are also the more traditional markets, the Tianguis Tradicionales, which operate year round.

From Nuevo Vallarta to la Peña de Jaltemba you’ll find dozens of sellers and artists setting up shop from 9 a.m. to about 2 p.m. in the streets, plazas and other public areas, lending the Destination a special attraction.

Come enjoy everything from handicrafts to organic products, home-style food, accessories, jewelry, ceramics, yoga classes, live music and much more.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ciara Enjoyed Some Beach Time In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The singer shared photos on social media of her visit to the Riviera Nayarit with her boyfriend, Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback, Russell Wilson, and her son, 20-month-old Future, Jr.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Celebrity Watch detected the recent presence of R&B singer Ciara, who was seen enjoying the Destination last weekend after her concert in Minnesota.

Joe Francis’ Casa Aramara in Punta Mita, a celebrity favorite located on the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula, was home base for Ciara and her family for a few days.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Travel Agents From Argentina And Brazil Visit The Riviera Nayarit And Puerto Vallarta

  • The influx of tourists from Argentina and Brazil to the region has increased 300% and 200%, respectively, when comparing the time period from January through October 2015 to the same period in 2014.

The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) chose the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta as the locations for FAM trips comprised of two groups of travel agents from Argentina and Brazil, who came to inspect the tourism corridor and thus strengthen the sales of both destinations in South America.

Nine Argentine agents were in the region from November 6-11, 2015, while the nine Brazilian travel agents visited from November 9-12.

Monday, November 9, 2015

2015 WTM London A Standout Event For The Riviera Nayarit

  • The images of the Islas Marietas and Playa Escondida, as well as the Huichol Art and its extraordinary beaded creations attracted attention at this event that involved 136 countries and more than 50 thousand top-level tourism professionals.

The 2015 London World Market (WTM), which took place from November 2-5, highlighted the year of Mexico in the UK, with both the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta were present in the Mexico Pavilion.

Over 20 business meetings took place for both destinations with tourism companies from England, which is the leader in Emerging Markets, positioning itself in fourth place among the countries of origin for tourists to the Riviera Nayarit behind Mexico, the United States and Canada.

The Mexico Tourism Board engaged advertising on taxis, banners, bus stops, buses, public plazas, metro stations and Heathrow Airport to promote the country’s destinations. The images that attracted the most attention were those of Playa Escondida and the Islas Marietas.