Friday, May 18, 2018

The Vidanta Forum Brings Tourism Experts To The Riviera Nayarit

Daniel Houghton, CEO of Lonely Planet.

  • Captains of industry will meet with students, academics, and researchers from May 16-19 to ignite a dialogue of ideas and proposals to establish best practices in the tourism industry. 


The inaugural Vidanta Forum titled “Tourism as an Economic Development Engine” opened at the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta complex, located in the Riviera Nayarit, during a time when the tourism sector—a vehicle for economic transformation and progress—currently generates one of every five jobs in Mexico and is the second largest source of foreign currency for the country.

This Forum, taking place from May 16-19, brings together captains of industry from the tourism sector as part of an initiative of the Vidanta Foundation in order to ignite a dialogue between opinion leaders and international figures from different industries and establish the best practices in the tourism industry.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

LIVE IT TO BELIEVE IT IN THE RIVIERA NAYARIT: 9th Wind Festival 2018



  • The biggest kiteboarding event in the Americas returns to the Riviera Nayarit from May 18-20, 2018, with the participation of the best riders in the world.


The Riviera Nayarit will once again shine brightly as one of the top destinations for kiteboarding from May 18-20 when it hosts the ninth consecutive Wind Festival at Marítima beach in Nuevo Vallarta.

Kiteboarding, also known as kitesurfing or flysurfing, is a combination of two passions: surfing and skydiving, and can be identified by its colorful kites and the impressive maneuvers of the riders.

The Wind Festival is considered one of the top 20 tournaments of its kind in the world and is also one the top five in Mexico, thanks to Banderas Bay’s excellent natural conditions, not to mention the Riviera Nayarit’s connectivity and tourism infrastructure.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit Continues To Be A Stand Out In International Media


  • The destination is featured in print and online publications in Mexico, the United States, Holland and even Iran!


The Riviera Nayarit is unstoppable in its global positioning. Media interest in this destination continues to grow, as evidenced by features in prestigious magazines, newspapers, and online news portals in Mexico, the United States, Latin America, Europe, and even in the Middle East.

Dutch journalist Anneke Ruys recently published an in-depth article in Meridian Travel magazine where she described the beauty of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure, a result of her visit on January 11-18 of this year.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit Among The Top Domestic Destinations


  • Mexico’s Pacific Treasure is the top seller among beach destinations according to the online travel agency, PriceTravel.


The Riviera Nayarit was one of the top domestic destinations for 2017 and is the beach area with the biggest increase in sales at 82%, according to records from online travel agency PriceTravel.

This was announced by PriceTravel Holding’s Sales Manager, Mariano García, during the Outlet Viaja y Vuela 2018 (Travel and Fly Outlet) held May 10-13 at Mexico City’s World Trade Center, with the participation of the Riviera Nayarit’s association hotels.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Riviera Nayarit Charms UK Journalists This Spring


  • Representatives from prestigious publications were invited by Enroute Communications Marketing and Public Relations firm for a tour of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure. 


Five UK journalists participated in a press trip to the Riviera Nayarit from April 17-20; they visited several of the destination’s coastal villages, so they could return home and write about their experiences in their respective media.

Among the five journalist visitors to Mexico’s Pacific Treasure were Laura Hampson from the online version of the London Evening Standard; John Ward from the Daily Star, both digital and print; Emmy Griffith from Hello! online; Charlotte Temple, from Cosmopolitan online; and Natasha Sá Osório, from PR MediaCo.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Riviera Nayarit Extends An Open Invitation To The 7th Jarretaderas Fishing Tournament 2018


  • The first three places in the Freestyle Category will take home cash prizes; the children with the best catches will receive gifts from the sponsors.


Everything is set for the 7th Jarretaderas Surf Fishing with Lure Tournament 2018, which will take place next May 20th. It has already become a tradition in the area and welcomes the community for good family fun.

The tournament is held every year at the mouth of the Ameca River near Nuevo Vallarta and seeks to attract tourists in the Riviera Nayarit who are interested in sport fishing.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

CONOCER Certifies AHMBB Top Executives, Managers, And Chief Security Officers


  • They awarded 21 managerial level Certificates of Competency for the Coordination of Surveillance Services of People and Goods. 


A total of twenty-one top executives, managers, and chief security officers from the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) satisfactorily completed the evaluation processes to receive CONOCER’s Certificate of Competency for the Coordination of Surveillance Services of People and Goods.

This is part of the commitment the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) has with its members, in coordination with the office of Member Services and Tourism Development Programs of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) via its Safety and Human Resources committee. The goal is to strengthen and elevate the quality of services and tourism awareness within the Riviera Nayarit. 

1st Riviera Nayarit Rock Festival

During the press conference held this past Monday at the host hotel.


Top bands like top-billed Panteón Rococó will take over the stage showcasing the best of Spanish rock for an unforgettable night.

Spanish rock fans can now put the 1st Riviera Nayarit Rock Festival on their calendar for June 9, 2018. The event will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel Nuevo Vallarta concert venue with the participation of Mexican band Panteón Rococó as the headliner, plus three local bands.

During the press conference held this past Monday at the host hotel, the event’s general manager, Israel Guerrero, said they’re expecting an adrenaline-charged evening in an extraordinary setting: the Riviera Nayarit.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Newlink Named Agency of Record for the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau


MIAMI, Fla. (May 4, 2018)Newlink, an internationally recognized consulting firm based in Miami with offices throughout Latin America, has been named agency of record for the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Following a thorough RFP process, Newlink’s tourism practice will be responsible for providing strategic council and executing a compelling communications program for Riviera Nayarit, a luxurious beachside travel destination situated on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. The agency will focus on public relations efforts in key markets throughout North and South America including the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru.

“With extensive experience collaborating with a variety of premier destinations coupled with a global team of forward-thinking communications experts specializing in elevating the profiles of luxury travel and hospitality clientele, Newlink has all the necessary tools to take Riviera Nayarit to new heights,” said Teresa Villarreal, Senior Vice President of Newlink’s tourism area of expertise.

As agency of record, Newlink will oversee the promotion and positioning of Riviera Nayarit as an authentically Mexican, beachside destination catering to upscale, discerning travelers seeking singular luxury vacation experiences driven by premier hospitality and ecological wonder. Beyond targeting the luxury travel segment, Newlink will champion traditional and progressive public relations strategies with a focus on increasing demand among relevant consumer and trade audiences. Furthermore, the agency will shed light on Riviera Nayarit’s newest luxury developments opening in the coming year from various globally recognized resort brands.

“Newlink’s global presence, results-driven approach to public relations and unmatched experience in the tourism sector make them the ideal communications partner,” said Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau. “With exciting new developments on the horizon and the right team in place, we are confident Riviera Nayarit is poised to redefine Mexico’s luxury tourism landscape.”

Newlink’s tourism area of expertise is one of the company’s fastest growing departments. The team ignites transformation for a variety of clients within the travel and tourism sector, ranging from destinations and hotels to airlines, online travel agencies and more. Newlink’s robust catalogue of tourism clients includes Expedia, LATAM Airlines Group, Bahia Principe and Solmar Hotels & Resorts, among others.

A beachside paradise featuring unparalleled hospitality offerings, culturally-immersive experiences and world-class cuisine, Riviera Nayarit celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017. 

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About Newlink
Newlink is an internationally recognized consulting firm headquartered in Miami with offices in the Dominican Republic, Peru, Mexico, Argentina and Spain. Founded on the principles of collaborative consulting, Newlink’s Orbital Thinking approach to strategy has helped the company build a solid reputation transforming Fortune 100 and Latin American organizations through the company’s various areas of expertise: Tourism, Health and Wellness, Reputation Management, Public Affairs, Social Marketing, Multicultural Marketing, Branded Content, Business Insights, Business Transformation, Integrated Production, and Creative & Branding. To witness how Newlink ignites transformation, visit www.newlink-group.com.

About Riviera Nayarit
Renowned for its matchless luxury and protected natural wonders, Riviera Nayarit stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. Just ten minutes north of the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), this region within the State of Nayarit includes the resort town of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic village of San Blas, exclusive celebrity hideout Punta Mita, “boho-chic” surfing haven Sayulita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and the spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit dazzles guests from all over the globe with activities such as PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle releases, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine and artwork from the native Huichol tribe. The region attracts and satiates vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of accommodations including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique hotels and quaint B&B inns. Riviera Nayarit is recognized as a “Virtuoso Preferred Destination.” Riviera Nayarit was recently honored with four 2018 HSMAI Adrian Awards, a prestigious recognition that rewards best practices inspired by Advertising, Public Relations, and Marketing in the hospitality industry, these four new awards for Mexico’s Pacific Treasure complete a total of 12 HSMAI Adrian Awards garnered over the past nine years: three gold, four silver, and five bronze. Showcasing the high caliber of Riviera Nayarit’s accommodations and restaurants, the destination is home to a total of four AAA Five Diamond hotels, 11 AAA Four Diamond hotels, one AAA Five Diamond restaurant, six AAA Four Diamond restaurants, 13 AAA Three Diamond hotels and 26 AAA Three Diamond restaurants.

For more information, visit www.RivieraNayarit.com or follow Riviera Nayarit on Facebook, Twitter @riv_nayarit and Instagram @riviera_nayarit.

Monday, May 7, 2018

What To See And Do In The Riviera Nayarit: Bucerías, “The Place of Divers”


  • This welcoming town is a mixture of serenity, adventure, entertainment, and plenty of tradition. 


Bucerías is everything that comes to mind when anyone mentions an “authentic Mexican village” to a visitor: it’s a small place, with cobblestone streets perfect for strolling while admiring the homes and their unique architecture—very typical of the area, with brightly-colored façades and wooden doors. And behind each one, its charming, welcoming owners.

On the other hand, Bucerías also offers luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants, and endless activities in the area, which is very near Nuevo Vallarta and Flamingos, making it the perfect combination for a wonderful vacation in the Riviera Nayarit.

RHA Festival Back In The Riviera Nayarit


  • After a very successful debut in 2017, this year’s festival is expected to offer electronic house music a fantastic experience.


The spectacular Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle will host the second edition of the RHA Festival 2018 from May 25-26, bringing with it the cream of the crop of the electronic world house music genre.

The Riviera Nayarit was chosen for the event as it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world, a land that encompasses the cultural heritage of the Wixárica natives, whose traditions were integrated into the festival’s brand and identity out of respect and appreciation.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Riviera Nayarit Tour In California Reaches Over 200 Travel Agents


  • Promotional activities took place from April 23-26 in Los Angeles, Newport Beach (Orange County), San Diego, and San Francisco—four of the cities with the most direct flights to the area.

Over 200 travel agents were updated on the latest tourism offer in the Riviera Nayarit during a promotional tour from April 23-26. The team made stops in Los Angeles, Newport Beach (Orange County), San Diego, and San Francisco—four of the cities with the most direct flights to the region.

The tour was organized by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) together with the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust and with the support of the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) in Los Angeles.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Over 500 Children Enjoyed The 4th Riviera Nayarit Children’s Fishing Tournament


  • There was plenty of fishing and happy kids at the festival organized by the Bahía de Banderas Fishing Club, the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB).


Over 500 children accompanied by their family members participated in the 4th Riviera Nayarit Children’s Fishing Tournament that took place on Sunday, April 29th at the Marina Riviera Nayarit.

This event was organized in honor of Children’s Day by the Bahía de Banderas Fishing Club together with the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB).

The activities began at 8 a.m. on the marina’s docks, where the little ones had great fun participating in the fishing tournament—some for the very first time. Every participant received fishing equipment, event t-shirts, and buckets for their catches of the day.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Restaurant Week 2018: Bigger And Better Than Ever


  • The Riviera Nayarit’s presence in the 14th gastronomic festival is stronger than ever; the event will take place from May 15-June 10 in the region’s restaurants.

The fourteenth edition of Restaurant Week 2018 will take place from May 15th through June 10th with the participation of 59 restaurants located in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit; this culinary festival is organized by Vallarta Lifestyles Media Group.

During a press conference held at the Tuna Blanca Restaurant in Punta de Mita the organizers announced that starting this year the event will be extended for an additional 10 days so attendees could have a greater opportunity to enjoy the culinary variety offered by area restaurants.

Of note is the increase in participation of Riviera Nayarit restaurants, with seven in this 14th edition—two more than in the previous year. This increase echoes the success of Restaurant Week, as this year the number of participants was also greater than when it began in 2005. The previous participant record was set in 2012 at 45 restaurants.

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Riviera Nayarit Warms Up Western Canada


  • The destination’s presence was strengthened in the Canadian market in advance of the next winter season; over 1,000 travel agents received training during Canadian airline WestJet’s events.


The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Office (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) have been hard at work promoting the destination within its international markets. This month they attended events organized by Canadian airline WestJet on April 23rd, 24th and 25th in Edmonton, Vancouver, and Calgary, respectively, accompanied by the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust.

This wholesaler, which operates regular and chartered flights to over 90 destinations in Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, has become one of the Riviera Nayarit’s top commercial allies. In fact, in January 2018 alone the airline sent 41 flights to the region from 12 cities around this northern country.

Friday, April 27, 2018

SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT IN THE RIVIERA NAYARIT: Lo de Perla, a seaside garden


  • Over 800 orchids, hundreds of plants including cacti and bromeliads, as well as several species of birds all live in harmony in this jungle garden located near the town of San Pancho.


In this place, the orchids and other exotic flowers grow at their own pace, misted by the sea breeze and tucked away in the tropical jungle. The Lo de Perla Jardín de la Selva (Lo de Perla Jungle Garden) is the creation of Alejandro de Perla, a visionary and nature lover who has already earned the title of “Lord of the Orchids.”

The garden is located at Las Lomas ranch, near the coastal town of San Pancho, the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit, which can be reached via Federal Highway 200.

4th Riviera Nayarit Children’s Fishing Tournament Is All About The Kids


  • The event takes place on Sunday, April 29 at 8 a.m. at the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle; the event is free for kids 3 to 12 years of age.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) together with the Bahía de Banderas Fishing Club extend an open invitation to the third edition of the Riviera Nayarit Children’s Fishing Tournament in honor of Children’s Day on April 29, 2018.

The event will once again be hosted at the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, where they will welcome kids ages 3 to 12 at 8 a.m. sharp to learn the techniques associated with sport fishing. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Culinary Celebrities Meet At The 3rd Cuisine Of The Sun Festival


  • Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the marvels of the Riviera Nayarit, the splendor of Villa La Estancia, and this unique culinary festival from April 25-28.

Now in its third edition, the International Cuisine of the Sun 2018 culinary festival is poised to be even better than the previous incarnations. This year, renowned celebrities from the culinary universe will meet at Villagroup Resorts’ Villa La Estancia hotel from April 25-28 to share their recipes and personal flair for gourmet cooking.

Seven famous chefs were introduced as the special guests during the press conference, as well as curator Penny Davidi, known for her appearances on the Food Network and the culinary specialist for US Foods.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

No Manches Frida 2 To Film In The Riviera Nayarit

Jesús Carmona, presidente de la AHMBB; la actriz y productora Martha Higareda; Brian Segrave, gerente general del hotel W Punta de Mita, y Mauricio Argüelles, productor de la cinta No Manches Frida 2.

  • The movie, Martha Higareda and Omar Chaparro, will be shot on location at the W Punta de Mita and other iconic locations around the Riviera Nayarit; filming will begin in early May.


The Riviera Nayarit will serve as the location for the filming of sequel to the movie No Manches Frida, starring Martha Higareda and Omar Chaparro, which will be screened in early 2019 in 1,500 theaters around Mexico, several countries in Latin America, and in the United States. Filming begins on May 6th in Punta de Mita.

Producers Argüelles, Lebrija, Allen, and Higareda met at the W Punta de Mita hotel to scout the facilities, as they expect to shoot 70% of the movie in that location, with the balance shot in Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta. The film will be distributed by Pantelion and Videocine.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Grand Finale For 8th Riviera Nayarit Open Water “Nado Seguro” 5-3K


  • The number of participants reached capacity—800 this year—and nearly all expectations for the event were met, according to organizer Belin Villasante.

The Guadalajara swimmers took the deep-water swimming competition by storm at the Riviera Nayarit Open Water “Nado Seguro” 5-3K, now in its 8th year, which took place this weekend off the beach at the Marina Riviera Nayarit with the participation of 800 swimmers.

The competitors and their families arrived on Saturday the 21st near dawn to the location of this event, which has been adding more and more competitors year after year thanks to its excellent organization, the quality of the athletes and, of course, the beach conditions in Banderas Bay—especially benign for this kind of event.