Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Riviera Nayarit To Host 3rd Stop Of The Mundo Golf Tour 2016

  • There are extraordinary prizes available for those who get a hole in one, including a car, a golf cart and an executive chair; O’Yes balls will receive 40” TVs plus assorted electronics, accessories and certificates.

The gorgeous Jack Nicklaus-designed Vidanta Golf Nuevo Vallarta will host the third stop of the Mundo Golf Tour 2016 on September 3rd; the tournament is returning to the Riviera Nayarit for the second consecutive year.

There are many high end prizes for those who achieve a hole in one: Hole 8 receives an Audi A3 Sedan (whoever wins must pay a 15% deductible; not valid for professionals or caddies), Hole 12 takes home a golf cart and Hole 17 a Stella Pro executive chair.

The O’Yes prizes are for Holes 4, 8, 12 and 17; the first to make them will receive a 40” LED TV and the four subsequent players will receive other electronics, accessories and gift certificates.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Journalists From Russia And Ukraine Explore The Riviera Nayarit

  • The group visited the coast and enjoyed the many attractions of Nayarit’s capital, including some from its sister brands, Nayarit Colonial and Lagunas Encantadas.

The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) organized a press trip with writers from Russia and Ukraine and handed the reigns over to the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) so they could take the European journalists on a tour of Nayarit.

“Our obligation is to position the Riviera Nayarit as a luxury and nature destination, but we also have a commitment with our state’s sister brands, which is why we took this press group on a visit beyond the coast of Nayarit,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

Zintia Almaguer, MTB Director for Russia, the Baltic nations and the Commonwealth of Independent States, was on hand during the trip accompanying Marta Kulishenko, Editor in Chief at Yana Group and Victoria Meleshko, her counterpart at Russia’s Voyage Magazine.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

This July In The Riviera Nayarit The Occupancy Rate Reached 86.22%

  • Hotel occupancy in July surpassed the 83.86% registered last year during the same month; there was a 12.94% increase in number of tourists and the economic impact was slightly higher.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Barometer published its statistics for the month of July 2016; it registered an 86.22% occupancy rate, a number that surpassed the 83.86% registered in July 2015.

“The numbers don’t lie,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Each percentage has registered an increase—even if it’s a slight one—and that’s a reflection of the good work we’re doing. We need to continue on this path while continuing to search for better ways to attract even more tourists.”

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mexico’s Pacific: The Coast Celebs Crave!


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For many years, international renowned celebrities have flocked to the idyllic Puerto Vallarta - Riviera Nayarit, two neighbouring regions situated along Mexico’s Pacific Coast. With an array of distinctive attractions, world-class accommodation and endless sunshine, it is no wonder A-listers venture here year upon year. 

The beauty of the destination has been admired by famous faces since the 1960s, when multi-talented movie star, Elizabeth Taylor and heart - throb Richard Burton, fell in love with the West Coast during their filming of ‘Night of the Iguana’. The iconic couple’s affection for the destination grew, leading them to invest in their own property ’Casa Kimberly’, now a boutique hotel shouldering downtown Vallarta.

This summer, the destination has welcomed the arrival of numerous celebs, including KimmyK herself. The curvy star showed off an array of eighties-style swim suits, at American entrepreneur, Joe Francis’ luxurious resort of ‘Casa Aramara’ last week, with her toddler North and baby Saint; along with bikini-clad friends. This isn't the first time Kim has visited the destination as she spent her second honeymoon at Aramara, with loving husband Kanye. 

American favourites, Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria, talented Rapper/Producer Lil Jon and pop princess; Selena Gomez also visited this season, 'tweeting’ their Mexican experiences for loyal fans to see. American Actress/Singer Bella Thorne and boyfriend Gregg Sulkin, chose to holiday there this year, spending Valentine’s day soaking up the rays, indulging in private dinners and enjoying massages from their private cabana bed. 

The year-round sunshine and array of adrenaline-fuelled activities makes it the perfect place for family holidays too. Eldest Kardashian Kourtney certainly agreed, as she enjoyed a vacation in Riviera Nayarit, with then boyfriend Scott Disick, and children. Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, former face of Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren, also chose the destination for some family bonding time.

Not only does Puerto Vallarta - Riviera Nayarit attract the rich and famous for holidaying, many decide they want a permanent spot on the coast. Microsoft legend Bill Gates triggered a wave of investment in Nayarit after buying 48 acres of land at the unparalleled Four Seasons Resort, located in lavish Punta Mita. Since then, investment from upscale clients, particularly those in finance, tech and media industries have risen considerably.

It is fair to say, the destination attracts many international stars, due to its wide offering. Exotic landscapes, pristine white sandy beaches, state-of-the-art accommodation, dolphins, turtles, snorkeling, surfing and once in a lifetime experiences can be found here. 

Promoting The Riviera Nayarit And Puerto Vallarta In Minneapolis

  • Sun Country Airlines held its first trade show in the US, giving the destinations an ample showcase to present themselves to their Natural Market in preparation for the 2016-2017 Winter Season.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust took the destinations on a promotional tour to Minneapolis, Minnesota, the second week of August 2016.

The team participated in the Sun Country Airlines Travel Agent Expo at the Radisson Blu Mall of America as part of the strategies implemented by the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit Joint Promotional Tour. This trade show was the first to be hosted by the US-based airline and tour operator.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Kim Kardashian Returns To The Riviera Nayarit

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  • She spent the weekend in Punta Mita with her children, North and Saint West, as well as her friend Jasmine Sanders; sisters Dominika and Ludwika Paleta recently vacationed in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

Kim Kardashian did it again! She shook up social media and the Internet by appearing in a tiny bikini after her last pregnancy, showing off her spectacular figure in Punta Mita, the Glamour Peninsula of the Riviera Nayarit.

She stayed last weekend at Cara Aramara, owned by her close friend Joe Francis, where she enjoyed her time off with kids North and Saint West, three and 8 months, respectively.

She was very active on social media where she shared images and videos along with her friend Jasmine Sanders. Kim also brought her personal trainer along, who is responsible for having helped her drop 30 kg (66 lbs.) after her pregnancy, this according to the international press.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hole 3B (Tail of the Whale) Among the Top Par 3 Holes In The World

  • The hole, part of the Pacífico Golf Course in the Punta Mita development of the Riviera Nayarit, places 7th in the world for being the only natural island green.
The UK edition of GQ Magazine published an article sponsored by Hugo Boss watches where they picked the top ten Par 3 holes in the world, among them, Hole 3B at the Pacífico Golf Course in Punta Mita in the Riviera Nayarit.

Better known as the “Tail of the Whale,” Hole 3B was positioned in 7th place on this prestigious list of impressive holes.

According to the article, “Jack Nicklaus described the 3B at Pacífico as the best par 3 hole he ever designed, and it’s difficult to argue with the Golden Bear. Described as the world’s only natural island green (it is built on an offshore atoll) and dubbed ‘the tail of the whale’, golfers always face a head wind from the Pacific making the spectacular tee-shot even harder. If you manage to avoid the ocean, the bunkers, the sea breeze, and you hit it hard enough, maybe you have a chance…”

The Islands of the Riviera Nayarit

We’re going to take you on an excursion from south to north for a look at these gorgeous natural attractions: Islas Marietas, Isla del Coral, Isla Isabel and Isla de Mexcaltitlán. 

Islas Marietas National Park
This is a Nature Preserve that has become an icon of the Riviera Nayarit. The group is made up of Isla Larga and Isla Redonda, both of which are located across from the coastline of Banderas Bay just 8 km (5 miles) from Punta de Mita. We recommend snorkeling, Stand Up Paddling (SUP) or kayaking—expect to see blue-footed boobies, humpback whales (in season), dolphins and many other species!

The Riviera Nayarit To Host The XXI Dolphin Program

  • 2,611 students and 200 officers, directors and special guests from 76 colleges in 21 states of Mexico will attend the conference, as well as one student from Costa Rica.

The Riviera Nayarit will host the National Conference of the XXI Summer of the Scientific and Technological Research of the Pacific, part of the Inter-Organization Program for Strengthening Research and the Pacific Graduate Program, commonly known as the Dolphin Program.  

The RIU Hotels will host the presentations of 1,952 scientific investigation projects, as well as sports, cultural and artistic activities from August 17-20, 2016.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Southwest Airlines Announces New Flight From Oakland

  • This is the fifth new daily direct flight the airline has inaugurated to the tourism region of Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta in little less than a year, considering there is another one from Los Angeles awaiting approval.

Southwest Airlines has confirmed a new daily direct flight from the Oakland International Airport to the Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, improving connectivity between San Francisco Bay and Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit.

The new flight—which is still awaiting US government approval—has a start date of February 12, 2017 and will last the season through April 24, 2017. Tickets have been on sale since last August 4th.

"As we constantly look at new opportunities to connect Bay Area travelers with fun and exciting places in their lives, these Mexico beach destinations have long topped the list," said Dave Harvey, Southwest Airlines' Managing Director of Business Development.

Celebrating Living Places The Riviera Nayarit’s St. Regis Among The Top Golf Resorts

  • The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort was named among the “Best Golf Resorts” on Celebrated Living’s Platinum List; the inflight magazine is available to First and Business Class passengers of American Airlines.

The Riviera Nayarit’s hotels and resorts keep raking in the accolades. This time around it was thanks to American Airline’s First and Business Class inflight magazine, Celebrated Living, which placed The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort on its Platinum List of “Best Golf Resorts in the World.”

“To be named one of the top golf resorts in the world by this prestigious publication is a testimony to the warmth of our service and our commitment to offer extraordinary experiences on both of Punta Mita’s golf courses,” said James Hughes, General Manager at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resorts. “The Pacific coast of Mexico also offers majestic scenery, making a golf vacation truly memorable.”

American Airlines Launches New Flight From Los Angeles To The Region

  • The flight takes off for the first time on December 15, 2016 with a daily direct schedule that will benefit Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit.

American Airlines will operate the new daily direct flight from the Los Angeles International Airport to the Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, increasing the airlift between Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit with the top destination of origin for tourists from the United States to the Destination.

The flight begins operations on December 15, 2016 and is subject to government approval, but it’s already open for reservations.

“The increase in airlift to the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta is excellent news and we’ll keep working on getting more of this type of news,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We know about another couple of flights that are in the process of being confirmed, and we really hope to be announcing those soon.”

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Love Is In The Air In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Several domestic and international publications including Brides and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons have recommended Mexico’s Pacific Treasure as an ideal beach destination for weddings and honeymoons.
The Riviera Nayarit has more than proven itself as a romantic destination and the domestic and international media have definitely taken note, publishing articles with their recommendations on the ideal hotels, beaches and services for weddings and honeymoons. Even celebrities have attested to the fact that, indeed, love is in the air in the Riviera Nayarit.

“These articles are organic, meaning the media decided on their own to include the Destination because they consider it to be one Mexico’s best,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Friday, August 12, 2016

San Blas, the Historic Port of the Riviera Nayarit

  • San Blas sums up the very essence of the Riviera Nayarit with a touch of history that dates back to the 18th century—and before! 

When you arrive, head up to the Cerro de Basilio (Basilio Hill) for a visit to La Contaduría, considered the most important business, goods and cultural exchange crossroads between the Americas, Asia and Europe—there’s a museum for you to enjoy, as well as some petroglyphs. Continue your tour at the Muelle de San Blas, the local dock, and ask about the infamous La Loca (The Madwoman), who inspired a hit song by the group Maná. Other attractions include the “U” de Pescadores (Fishermen’s Inner Harbor), the Escuela Náutica (Naval Academy), the Casa de la Cultura (Cultural Arts Center), and the Iglesia Antigua (Old Church). 

Riviera Nayarit’s Four Seasons A Golf Magazine Top Pick

  • Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita was named one of the top golf resorts in the world, as well as receiving an honorable mention for its accommodations.

Golf Magazine, the top golf publication in the United States, announced the winners of its annual awards for the very best golf offerings in the world on its website, The Rivera Nayarit’s Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita was one of the top picks.

“Golf Magazine is part of the prestigious Sports Illustrated Media Group, which means it reaches millions of readers in our natural markets,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Congratulations to the Four Seasons!”

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Univision Colorado Obtained Two Emmy Awards For Its Work In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Two of the four episodes taped in the Riviera Nayarit in 2015 garnered the network the distinction of being the only Spanish language program in the United States to win these awards.

Entravision’s Noticias Colorado, a Univision affiliate, won two 2016 Emmy Awards for a production they shot in the Riviera Nayarit in 2015, specifically the episodes on the Huicholes and Punta Mita that aired on the program Nayarit: Tesoro del Pacífico.

The newscast is transmitted from Denver, Colorado, won a total of six awards during the 2016 Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards, which are affiliated with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

“When we bring press and decide to show them what’s beyond the Riviera Nayarit it’s because we’re very aware of the attractions of our great state,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “This time around the awards went to the mountains and to the coast, two elements that complement each other and strengthen our tourism offering.”

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

HRHV Won The 2016 Meetings & Conventions Gold Platter Award

  • The Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta is the only hotel in the Riviera Nayarit to receive this award that pays tribute to the most outstanding hotel event catering departments according to the readers of M&C.

Nuevo Vallarta’s Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta (HRHV) has been singled out by the readers of Meetings & Conventions (M&C) as the winner of the 2016 Gold Platter Elite Award, the only one to received this recognition in the Riviera Nayarit.

“We’d like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the resort for this important achievement which not only validates its excellent service but also positions the hotel and the Destination in a very important market segment,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “HRHV has contributed an immense added value to the Destination with its extraordinary convention center and truly deserves this award.”

“It’s an honor for all of us on the HRHV team to receive this award,” commented Leonardo Mena, Sales Director for HRHV. “This corroborates our commitment to offer excellent service to all of our clients, thus setting the Riviera Nayarit and our property up as one of the top destinations in Mexico for the MICE market.”

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Peruvian Press Focuses On The Riviera Nayarit’s Charms

  • The MTB hosted a group of travel and tourism media from Peru for a visit to several destinations in Mexico, among them, the Riviera Nayarit.

A group of Peruvian journalists visited the Riviera Nayarit the last week in July on a press trip organized by the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) with the assistance of the Public Relations desk of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), so the writers could sample the many attractions of the Destination.

The press trip originated in the MTB’s branch office in Colombia, which thanks to the agreements forged via the Pacific Alliance, also manages Chile and Peru. The group of journalists specializing in tourism visited several destinations in Mexico during their trip.

“We’re very pleased the federal government via the MTB has chosen us as one of Mexico’s leading destinations to introduce to the international press,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB. “In response to this accolade we’re always happy to do our part in displaying the best of the Riviera Nayarit.”

Monday, August 8, 2016

Nayarit Displays Three Blue Flags

  • The most recent certification was given to the Laguna Santa María del Oro; Blue Flag certifications were also reconfirmed for the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle—the only one of its kind in Mexico—and Playa Nuevo Vallarta Norte.

Nayarit is one of Mexico’s top Blue Flag states with three to its name. The most recent one was awarded to the Riviera Nayarit’s sister brand, Lagunas Encantadas, for the Laguna Santa María del Oro. They raised it for the first time on August 4, 2016.

“It’s important to mention the three Blue Flags in Nayarit were obtained thanks to the collaboration of Governor Roberto Sandoval Castañeda, who has supported the tourism sector since day one and helped us with these important gains,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“The Governor’s commitment to tourism is very much in evidence, not only has he brought about safety, security and investment to the state, he has also invested in the environment,” continued Murphy. “”We’re going to continue to promote the Riviera Nayarit as well as the state’s sister brands. The fact the Laguna de Santa María del Oro is a Blue Flag destination will help position Nayarit on the world stage.”

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Riviera Nayarit Shines In Canada’s Glow Magazine

  • Glow Magazine and are part of Canada’s top editorial company specializing in beauty, with a circulation of 370 thousand issues every six weeks.

The Public Relations desk of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) organized a press trip in February of this year for the Glow Magazine production team, resulting in an article showcasing the Destination in Canada.

“We’ve seen a positive increase in the economic impact of tourism in the Destination and activities like these with magazines and other media aimed at the luxury segment are in part responsible for the growing presence of visitors who are looking to spend more,” stated Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

The summer 2016 issue of the magazine features an article written by Daniel Mackinnon with ample recommendations for visiting the Destination, as well as a photo spread with a collection of bikinis and summer fashions. The images were taken on location in Sayulita, San Pancho, Destiladeras and Nuevo Vallarta.