Friday, August 28, 2015

3.47% Increase In Revenue For The Riviera Nayarit

  • Revenue for the Destination reached $837,656,765 USD from January through June 2015; income for the same time period the previous year was $809,542,625 USD, revealing a 28 million dollar increase.

The trend towards continued tourism growth displayed by the Riviera Nayarit is reflected in its indexes and stats. For example, an increase of 3.47% in revenue during the first semester of 2015 over the same time period the prior year was detected, per information taken from the Barometer compiled by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

“We must take into consideration the very important fact of the parity of the peso versus the dollar,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “If we see an increase in spite of this, then it’s a sure sign we’re on the right track.”

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Official Unveiling Of The Sanctuary Convention Center

  • The event was held on a lovely evening for local and national press and media specializing in the MICE segment, as well as several incentive companies and meeting planners; entertainer Kalimba was a special surprise guest, regaling the attendees with his music.

The anticipation generated with the laying of the cornerstone in October of 2014 was amply rewarded last Saturday, August 22nd, when the All Inclusive Collection officially unveiled Sanctuary, the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta’s new convention center in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit.

Sanctuary is currently the largest convention center in the Riviera Nayarit with 1,200 square meters of space. Its facilities are ready to welcome over 1,500 people and its cutting edge technology can easily accommodate conventions, seminars, cocktails, banquets, shows, concerts, plays, sports events and more.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Argentine Agencies Anticipate Sending Clients To The Riviera Nayarit

  • According to the agents the quality of the beaches, the infrastructure available for every segment and in particular for Family Tourism, and the affordable rates during the region’s low season—which happens to coincide with Argentina’s winter vacation season—are all excellent sales tools, though they value the hospitality above all else.

The travel agent FAM trips are offered in order to supply professionals with the tools they need to sell the Destination. To that end, the latest group from Argentina to visit the region concluded they would definitely anticipate sending Argentine tourists to the Riviera Nayarit.

“The Riviera Nayarit is a very good product for our country,” commented Alejandra Pereyra during an interview with the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. Pereyra is the head of the Operations Department for Buenos Aires’ wholesaler, American Executive, and has 22 years of experience in the industry.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It’s Raining Celebrities In The Riviera Nayarit This Summer

  • Plenty of names were seen around town including Marisol González, Pedro Ferriz, Poncho de Anda, the kids from the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, Cassandra Dawn, Devon Windsor, Christine Burkee, Ashley Graves, Cassie Amato and Dolores Barreiro.

The Rivera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Celebrity Watch has been very busy the last few weeks, thanks to an excess of stars that have landed in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure this summer.

Most of them have been models posing in social media with their bikini-ready bodies enhancing the beautiful beaches of the Destination. Others include newscasters and entertainment TV hosts.

Monday, August 24, 2015

RTVE Will Broadcast The Riviera Nayarit Throughout Spain And The Spanish-Speaking World

  • Narrator and anthropologist Miguel Blanco will be highlighting the natural beauty of the Destination as well as the ancient culture of Nayarit during the course of his legendary program, Espacio en Blanco.

One of the most recent activities of the Public Relations department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) was in collaboration with Radio y Televisión Española (RTVE) in order to showcase the Destination throughout Spain and the Spanish-speaking countries that receive their signal.

This time the FAM trip took place in the coastal villages including Nuevo Vallarta, San Pancho, San Blas and La Isla de Mexcaltitlán, but also went inland to other destinations in Nayarit such as Tepic, Ixtlán del Río and, especially, the Huichol Tawexikta (Place of the Sun) community in order to investigate its ancient art and culture.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Successful Conclusion To The Bajío Promo Tour

  • One hundred travel and reservations agents received training in León and Aguascalientes; these are the second and third cities of origin for tourists to the Riviera Nayarit; Guadalajara remains in first place.

The Promotional Tour in the Bajío—part of the work performed in the interior of the country by the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta Joint Promotional Campaign—came to a successful conclusion in the cities of León and Aguascalientes, where it was held from August 17-22, 2015.

“It’s vital for us to maintain the attention of the Bajío region, as it is a Natural Market for the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We already visited the area at the beginning of the year, taking in five cities, but this time we only went to León and Aguascalientes—they’re the standouts.”

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit Offers ¡Viva México! Promos

  • These include room rates with a discount of up to 58%; special rates for kids; and resort, spa or golf credits. There are 18 participating hotels located in Nuevo Vallarta, Flamingos, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Punta de Mita. 

Seasonal Offers negotiated by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) with the Destination’s hotels in order to pamper visitors are ready to go under the tagline ¡Viva México!

These promotions take advantage of the celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day, as they extend from the second week of August through September 17, 2015, and are available for both domestic and foreign visitors.

“These offers have generated a great response in the market, which is reflected in the influx of visitors to the Destination and its occupancy rates. These promotions will continue; in fact, we pretty much run one right after the other, thanks to all the participating hotels. We have to thank them for their level of commitment because we couldn’t do it without them,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director as the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

7th Rotary Cup Golf Tournament 2015

The funds raised during this tournament, which will be played at the Flamingos Golf Club, are earmarked for eye surgeries for the inhabitants of Banderas Bay.

The Riviera Nayarit holds the best golf tournaments—many with a social conscience. One example is the 2015 Rotary Cup Golf Tournament, taking place on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at the Flamingos Golf Club.

The Banderas Bay Rotary Club and the Careaga Foundation are the organizers, with the support of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

This event will benefit the community of Banderas Bay. The funds raised will be used towards an eye surgery campaign for the local inhabitants. 

There are 120 players expected—local, national and foreign. The format will be the Scramble with Men’s and Mixed divisions. The first prize will be a late-model SUV for the hole-in-one and other prizes for the best O’Yes shots in every category.

The registration cost is $1,300 pesos for early birds and $1,500 pesos on the day of the event; registration begins at 7:15 a.m. with shotgun at 8:30 a.m. For more information call 01 (322) 297 07 29 or email

XX Dolphin Program Conference Begins In The Riviera Nayarit

  • There are 2,680 students participating along with 300 executives from higher education institutions from among Mexico’s 17 states; representatives from Colombian schools are also in attendance.

The Riviera Nayarit has become the favorite location for the academic and scientific community, as is evident by its hosting the XX National Summer Conference for Scientific and Technological Investigation in the Pacific, a derivative of the Pacific Inter-Institutional Program for the Strengthening of Research and Graduate Programs, known socially as the Dolphin Program.

From August 19th through the 22nd, the RIU hotels in the Flamingos area will host a series of cultural, sports and artistic activities that complement the academic endeavors, which this time around will include over 2,000 scientific investigation projects.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Vote For The Riviera Nayarit In The 2015 Food & Travel Reader Awards!

  • The Riviera Nayarit is nominated in the category of “Best Destination Mexico,” and the Grand Velas Nayarit, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita are all nominated for “Best Beach Hotel Mexico.”

It’s time to vote for the Riviera Nayarit and its hotels in the 2015 Food & Travel Reader Awards, a contest that recognizes the best of Mexico’s Gastronomy and Tourism.

Now that the nomination period is over, there is a list of final candidates to be voted on before the deadline on October 30, 2015.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Recharge, rejuvenate, relax… Wellness holidays in paradise on Mexico’s West Coast


With travellers increasingly seeking to escape the monotony of the daily grind through wellness experiences around the world, discover a destination that should definitely be on your radar…

Whether you want to soothe your mind, care for your body, or just seek rest and relief from daily stress and constant connectivity, in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, two idyllic, coastal resorts in Mexico it’s easy for your troubles to melt away.

Picture an unparalleled natural setting where tropical jungles blend with pristine, golden shorelines and imposing mountain ranges; a place where visitors are able to have direct contact with nature. This part of Mexico also has guaranteed year round sunshine, which has proven health benefits including increased Vitamin D, which supports the immune system.

Wellness retreats in the areas make the most of the beautiful natural environment, offering more than just traditional spa treatments. Surf lessons, fun beach games and yoga, are just a few of the activities that accompany world-class accommodation here. Check out the top retreats in each region:

In Puerto Vallarta, Xinalani Retreat ( is an exclusive, tropical eco retreat with a unique approach, sure to impress even the most discerning guests. The resort combines state-of-the-art yoga studios with beautiful, eco-chic accommodation, delicious, healthy and authentic Mexican food; relaxing spa treatments and warm hospitality. As well as stress reliving activities, guests can opt for an adventurous experience, such as the Temazcal Prehispanic Ritual, which takes place in a traditional sweat lodge. During this process a Shaman guides participants through antique protocol, invoking elements to purify the mind, body and soul.

In Riviera Nayarit, Haramara Retreat (, which describes itself as a place “where Robinson Crusoe meets Architectural Digest”, is a secluded, tranquil hideaway in the picturesque surfing town of Sayulita. Offering a range of award-winning restorative programmes, from yoga to spa to hikes, as well as professional teacher trainings and workshops. The accommodation is also out of this world, with snug, thatched roof cabañas nestled into the hillside, offering mesmerising views of the Pacific.

The Riviera Nayarit Seeks The US Hispanic Market Via Television

  • Univisión and the México Travel Channel taped several shows around the Riviera Nayarit’s microdestinations and their attractions; they will later air in the US, Mexico and Europe.

The Public Relations department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau was busy this past month welcoming TV stations from the United States and Mexico, which will later broadcast the many attractions found in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

The objective of these efforts is to transmit via television and the Internet the latest news from the Destination to the Hispanic community living in the United States. The content will also be broadcasted in Mexico.

One of the production companies that visited the region was sent from Univision, which has 58 television stations in 20 of the 50 most important Spanish-speaking regions in the United States.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Kylie Jenner Celebrates Her Birthday In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Joe Francis’s famous Casa Aramara in Punta Mita recently hosted Kylie and her sister Kendall, as well as boyfriend Tyga and a few other close friends of the youngest Kardashian.

The Riviera Nayarit continues to grow its reputation as the favorite playground for celebrities in the Mexican Pacific. Model Kylie Jenner, who turned 18 last Monday, decided to continue the festivities in Punta Mita, the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula.

Kylie and Kendall Jenner were spotted last Wednesday, August 12th at the swanky Casa Aramara in Punta Mita, owned by Joe Francis, who accompanied the young ladies. Rapper Tyga, Kylie’s boyfriend, was also there, having already gifted Khloe, Kourtney and Kim’s youngest sister with a brand new luxury car.

Friday, August 14, 2015

2015 Mundo Golf Tour In The Riviera Nayarit

There are three grand prizes for a Hole in One: $100,000 pesos for Hole 8, a golf cart for Hole 10 and a new car for Hole 17; there are also very attractive prizes for the first five O’Yes balls in holes 4, 8, 10 and 17.

The Riviera Nayarit always hosts the best golf tournaments. To wit, the 2015 Mundo Golf Tour is making its third appearance at Vidanta Golf Nuevo Vallarta next Saturday, August 29th. This amazing course designed by Jack Nicklaus will present quite the challenge for players.

The tournament will consist of 18 holes in a single category following the A-Go-Go format with four-player teams, either ladies or gentlemen with a registered 0 to 28 handicap per player validated by the Mexican Golf Federation or an authorized, signed letter from their club.

First, second and third place winning teams will receive medals; the champion team and the runner-up will be awarded and will go on to play in the finals of the 2015 Mundo Golf Tour. 

There are three grand prizes for a hole in one: $100 thousand pesos for Hole 8, a golf cart for Hole 10 and a new car for Hole 17; there are also excellent prizes for the first five O’Yes balls in holes 4, 8, 10 and 17.

The fee is $1,599 pesos per person, and participation is limited to 36 teams. For questions, clarifications or registration please contact Hiram Castillo on his mobile phone 33 31 46 34 or via email at

The fee includes breakfast, golf cart, an awards dinner with a raffle and the option of one practice day for only $600 pesos per person with golf cart included. 

For information on packages, accommodations and additional details on the event please visit

Isla Isabel, a Sanctuary in Riviera Nayarit

This is Isla Isabel, a Sanctuary in Riviera Nayarit devoted to environment preservation, located 28 kilometers away from San Blas shore, and 61.5 kilometers from Islas Marias, was created by underwater volcanic activity, it is a National Park and Biosphere reserve, this hilly island features dramatic rugged cliffs and breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. 

Isla Isabel is home to several birds, noted for rare and beautiful birds that flock to this natural sanctuary which protects them from predators that would otherwise be a threat to their species, also you can find coral reef in the sourroundings. Isla Isabel is one of the world’s best kept secrets by the diving community. Yellowtail, manta rays, humpback whales, whale sharks, turtles and beautiful coral await the recreational diver looking for a gorgeous dive in a natural paradise. Coral reefs are not common in this area of the world, making Isla Isabel even more unique. 

In 1980 was declared Natural Park, and in 2000 was protected an environmet reserve. First register for a person steping into the Island is dated 1836, on the name of captain Abel Aubert Dupetit Thouars (3 August 1793 – 16 March 1864), who was a French naval officer important in France's anexation of French Polynesia. His visit to Isla Isabel is related on his book of memories Circumnavigation around the World on La Venus. Nowadays can be visited under special permission, often requested and granted to birdwatching expeditions.

Due to the delicate balance of nature, visitors are limited to very short stays, normally only a handful of days. Similar to the world-renown Galapagos Islands, eco-tourists will find rare nesting birds such as the Red Footed and Blue Footed Boobies. Many species of birds on the island rely on Isla Isabel as their sole breeding ground, making it a pivotal resource in the natural life cycle of the region. Because they do not often interact with humans, the birds of this island are unafraid of them which results in the rare ability for birding up close.

Uninhabited and undeveloped, Isla Isabel is strictly for eco-tourists who value roughing it in the name of a pure experience with nature. Those who wish to stay overnight should be prepared to sleep in tents and adventure companies such as Nayarit Adventures can provide itineraries including supplies and transportation to facilitate this immersive experience.

Promotional Work Focuses On Argentina

  • Argentine travel agencies educate themselves on the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta; the MICE segment was also reinforced during ExpoEventos in Buenos Aires.

In order to attend to the different Emerging Markets the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta’s Joint Promotional Campaign is targeting, the team recently turned its promotional efforts towards Argentina.

Nine travel agencies from Argentina visited the region from August 9-14, stopping first in Puerto Vallarta before continuing on to site inspections and training in the Riviera Nayarit.

The agencies included American Executive, Fragata Viajes, Turismo Cuello, Guajira Viajes, Free Port, Le Fam, Maynila Travel, Grand Club and Around Travel.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit Attends The 2015 Travel Media Showcase

  • This is a fantastic opportunity to reinforce the Destination’s Public Relations efforts via the 25 confirmed meetings with specialized media from the United States and Canada; the Riviera Nayarit is the only destination from Mexico present at the event.

This year marks the 16th anniversary of the Travel Media Showcase (TMS), taking place from August 11-14 in the Bloomington, Indiana convention center. The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is participating as an exhibitor via its Public Relations department.

This event unites tourism industry leaders and press from the United States, Canada and other international destinations under one roof, with a successful one-on-one business meeting format to help analyze options including FAM trips, interviews and different ways of gaining more exposure.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit Continues To Make News In North America

  • The many riches of this Destination are always newsworthy in our natural markets in the United States, Canada and Mexico, whether via specialized tourism media or conventional press.
The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) works to publicize the Destination by finding different outlets to expose the many virtues it embodies. Beyond the news generated by specific activities, there is an implicit result that lives on in perpetuity in the media’s collective memory.

Mexico, the United States and Canada have been the historical Natural Markets for the Riviera Maya, which is why it’s necessary to continuously be news in these countries. Here’s a selection of topics that in 2015 have helped strengthen the Destination’s brand:

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Aline Moreno Chats About Her Latest Fashion Collection, “Wixárikas”

  • Please welcome the creator of a unique Fashion collection, one that mixes the latest international tendencies with the ancient cultural values of the Riviera Nayarit.

Aline Moreno—a Mexican woman with more than 14 years behind her as a fashion designer as well as several awards to her name—has a reputation for innovation, much like the Riviera Nayarit. And so a relationship was forged that gave birth to her latest work, “Wixárkias,” the first haute couture collection inspired in Huichol art.

Tell us about your first visit to the Destination and your first contact with the Rivera Nayarit CVB.

We wanted to work together on a fashion project that would be infused with a very important aspect of the Riviera Nayarit, so we decided upon using the history of the land and its culture, to tell a story through fashion and the research of the Huichol people.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Brazilian Tour Operators Inspect The Region

  • Brazil is one of the top countries of origin for tourists visiting from the Emerging Markets of South America, second only to Colombia. Both countries have been most responsive to the Joint Promotional Campaign within the continent’s Southern Cone.

The activities of the Joint Promotional Campaign aimed at increasing the number of visitors from South America’s Emerging Markets to the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta continues during this first week of August with a FAM trip for eight Brazilian Tour Operators (TO).

Top-level executives from the group of Brazilian TOs that already have a business alliance with the region visited both destinations in order to get to know the product more in depth and thus strengthen their commercial strategies. 

“Perseverance renders good results—we’re already seeing more Brazilian visitors in the surveys,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We’re very interested in this market because these are travelers that know what they want and are willing to spend the money to get it.”