Saturday, April 18, 2015

5th Open Water Nado Seguro Competition And 1st Gran Fondo In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The 5th Open Water Nado Seguro Competition will take place on April 25th with 5 and 3K races in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle with 700 participants; April 26th marks the start of the first Gran Fondo 150K/Medio Fondo 75K that will cruise though several coastal towns as well as the Sierra de Vallejo.

The 5th Open Water Nado Seguro Competition and the 1st Gran Fondo 150K/Medio Fondo 75K to be held shortly in the Riviera Nayarit were announced via press conferences in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Tepic by their respective organizing committees.

These competitions are fully backed by the Groups and Events Department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Banderas Bay City Council and the Government of the State of Nayarit are also fully supporting the events in terms of security, first aid and road management.

III Riviera Nayarit Salsa Mambo Fest

  • 40 bailarines profesionales internacionales impartiendo 42 talleres, 2 conciertos en vivo, 12 Dj’s amenizando los eventos en los que 1,200 participantes disfrutarán de este que es uno de los tres mejores de México en su estilo.

El evento más alegre en la Riviera Nayarit ha regresado, la tercera edición del Salsa Mambo Fest 2015 entra a escena del 23 al 26 de abril en el hotel sede Marival Resorts & Suites Nuevo Vallarta.

El departamento de Grupos y Eventos de la Oficina de Visitantes y Convenciones de la Riviera Nayarit en conjunto con el Gobierno del Estado, apoyan este festival debido a que en pocos años se ha posicionado entre los mejores tres de México y entre los mejores 25 del mundo en su tipo. Además ha sido el primero en Latinoamérica bajo el formato del todo incluido.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Southwest Airlines applies for a new flight from Denver to the region

Southwest Airlines has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide daily, nonstop service between Denver International Airport (DEN) and Vallarta-Nayarit International Airport, beginning in November 2015, subject to approvals from relevant governmental agencies.

Southwest will initiate service to this region which is the carrier’s fourth destination in Mexico, on June 7, 2015, with a daily flight both to and from John Wayne Airport Orange County (SNA). They will also start nonstop flights from Houston on Octuber 15th.

Southwest now carries more local Customers than any other airline in Denver and operates 185 flights a day to 58 destinations nonstop from Denver.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

San Blas: A Birding Paradise

San Blas is plentiful with natural attractions and tours to areas such as La Tovara, the lagoons a Camalota, Zoquipán and Los Negros—all of them bird sanctuaries that rank the region second in the Western Hemisphere with the most variety of feathered creatures.

This village and its environs are known for an amazing concentration of local and migratory birds, with over 500 species registered between the two categories. This is due in large part to the grand biodiversity present in the region and its many unique characteristics and varied ecosystems, including lagoon estuaries and mangrove forests, coastal lagoons, tropical lagoons, tropical jungles, sub tropical deciduous forest, scrub or low forest, savannah plains, wetlands with swamps, marshes and beaches. This also allows for a great variety of flora, particularly orchids, bromeliads, palms and other ornamental and medicinal plants.

The fauna is also quite diverse, with several protected species in the area such as the jaguar, ocelot, mountain lion, panther, lynx, river otter, marine and river turtles, river crocodiles, iguanas, tarantulas, snakes and a variety of aquatic birds including cranes, ibis, pelicans, ducks, beach birds, birds of prey and many land birds including warblers, vireos, trogons, carpenter birds, hummingbirds, crows and parrots, among many others. All these species place San Blas, Nayarit, on the pages of the International Birdwatchers Guide as well as tours in different magazines specializing in birdwatching. The high season for birding is November through May, when the area receives most of its birding enthusiasts and professionals.

“The Riviera Nayarit hosts many important visitors including the humpback whale, the whale shark, marine turtles and a great variety of migratory birds, which remain mainly in the San Blas area.”
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Grupo Vidanta: News & Updates

Vidanta Golf Nuevo Vallarta, one of the most important developers in Mexico, offers the following updates and news for golfers:

1. There is currently a Skins Tournament taking place every Thursday. The Green Fee is USD $30 with USD $20 skins for each player; the fee includes a BBQ meal but no drinks.

2. The new entrance to the golf course will be via the exit to Jarretaderas; this allows for direct access to the practice facilities and the Jack Nicklaus Academy.

3. Nighttime Tee Practice is open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; the cost is $150 pesos per person for unlimited practice.

4. The Jack Nicklaus Academy is open every day; rates depend on the players’ needs.
5. The current rates are as follows: Villas and Condos USD $98, outside views USD $198 valid April through September 2015.

6. The new golf course designed by renowned golfer Greg Norman will open up all 18 holes by December 2015.

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Colombian Travel Agents Inspect The Region

  • They arrived on April 13th to tour several key attractions in the Riviera Nayarit to be followed by a visit to Puerto Vallarta, after which they will return to their country on the 17th to continue promoting both destinations.

A group of 12 Colombian travel agents are currently touring the area on a FAM trip in order to better acquaint themselves with the many attractions offered by the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta.

Their adventure began on Monday, April 13th, when the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomed them with a tour of the northern part of the bay area including site inspections at several hotels in Nuevo Vallarta. They also visited hotel properties in Punta de Mita. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

1st Annual Riviera Nayarit Children’s Fishing Tournament

  • The Marina Nuevo Vallarta expects some 500 participants for this free event for kids ages two through 12; the objective is to enjoy the day and promote sport fishing to new generations of anglers.

The Bahía de Banderas Sport Fishing Club and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Groups and Events Department invite everyone to celebrate Children’s Day at the 1st Annual Riviera Nayarit Children’s Fishing Tournament.

The date is set for Sunday, April 26th, at the Marina Nuevo Vallarta, where kids can begin registering for the free event at 8 a.m.; the only requisite is for the child to be accompanied by at least one adult caregiver.

The event is limited to 500 children, who will be divided into two categories: A, for children two to six years of age, and B, for kids seven to 12. This friendly competition will begin at 9 o’clock on the dot and will last until 11 a.m., to be followed by the awards ceremony.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Birding Reinforces Ecotourism In The Riviera Nayarit

  • There are 47 million birdwatchers in the United States; this consumer segment has high purchasing power and is part of the natural market for the destination, which offers birders an ample variety of species to enjoy.

With over 500 endemic and migratory species flying around its mountains and beaches, the Riviera Nayarit is an ideal spot for birding; this, together with the warm winter climate, sets the perfect stage for North American birders who are also looking to escape freezing temperatures. 

Ecotourism is a sales element that has set a global trend. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service published data in its Birding in the United States: A Demographic and Economic Analysis report that supported the importance of birding in the Riviera Nayarit.

According to this study, which was originally published in 2011 and updated in 2013, there are 47 million birders in the United States, 18 million of whom have traveled beyond the U.S. border to follow their passion.

Monday, April 13, 2015

V American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic

  • The event headliners include championship golfer Lorena Ochoa and Betty Vázquez, the Riviera Nayarit’s Culinary Ambassador, among other luminaries from the worlds of golf and gastronomy.

The V American Express Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic is ready to work its magic from April 30th through May 3rd in Mexico’s most exclusive development, located on the Riviera Nayarit’s Glamour Peninsula.

Punta Mita Resorts, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Groups Department invite you to the region’s iconic event to enjoy the best of local and international cuisine, world-class golf and the country’s finest wines, tequilas and mescals.

Mexican national Lorena Ochoa, who was ranked as the number one golf player in the world for 157 weeks, tops the VIP list, along with ex soccer player Jorge Campos.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The 16th Guayafest Will Extend High Occupancy Days For Guayabitos

  • There will be over 350 classic, modified and customized Volkswagen vehicles; approximately 1,000 people will attend this family event, many from at least 12 states around the Mexican Republic and some from as far off as the United States.

Guayafest is one of the most traditional anchor events in Guayabitos; now in its 6th year, the activities run from April 18-19, extending the high occupancy rates begun by Easter and Holy Week to over 85%.

This is reason enough for the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Groups and Events Department to lend their full support towards the organization of this family-friendly event, which is expecting well over 1,000 attendees this year, many of them Volkswagen enthusiasts looking to exhibit their vehicles in what has traditionally been a very colorful competition.

Over 350 vehicles are expected to be on display, among them combis and the traditional “bugs,” or “vochos,” as they’re known in Mexico. They will compete in 35 categories from classic vehicles dating back to 1949 to the latest editions. There will be 200 awards given out to the first three places within the original, modified and custom categories. To date there are three confirmed “unveilings” of recently modified vehicles that will be presented to the public for the first time.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Marketing Actions Generate Organic Followers

  • Irving Yañez Padilla from Estado de México won the #RivieraNayaritExtremo contest; a total of 2,627 new “Likes” clicked on our Riviera Nayarit Facebook page, mostly generated via the 327 users that participated in the contest, which in turn generated 3,843,792 impressions.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau Marketing Department has launched different promotions, contests, and content and viralization strategies as means to different ends; one of these is to generate organic traffic and followers. In other words, the idea is for the actions to be natural and independent of those triggered by boosted posts or promotional campaigns.

The most recent case in point was the #RivieraNayaritExtremo contest, which was reinforced by a flurry of Facebook posts highlighting the adventure and ecotourism activities in the region. A Twitter Party using the same hashtag, which in fact positioned the destination in third place in Trending Topics in Mexico that day, further supported the contest. The contest was also widely circulated via the different digital platforms run by the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Golf in Paradise: Riviera Nayarit!


There may not be dozens of golf courses in the Riviera Nayarit quite yet, but we do have some of Mexico’s finest and that alone has put this incredible destination on the map for golfers around the globe, making it a natural for some of the world’s top championship events. 

Win A Trip To The ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship In The Riviera Nayarit

StandUp and Paddleboard has really taken the surfing world by storm, so much so that the International Surfing Association (ISA) has—since its inaugural event in 2012—nearly tripled athlete participation from 105 to 277 and grown from 17 to 27 countries in its first three editions in all divisions.

This amazing event will take place in Sayulita from May 10-27, 2015—this is a can’t-miss for anyone interested in the sport, as some of the greatest watermen in the world will be present, and the fun and adrenaline will be sky-high, making it a competition for the ages.

Wanna go? Then head over to our Facebook page at from April 15-30, 2015 and enter to win an all-expenses paid trip including airfare and all-inclusive accommodations for five days and four nights during the last days of the Championship, May 14-17. 

All you have to do is “Like” the page and register in the contest that opens up on April 15th, so don’t miss the opportunity to enter to win and enjoy a front seat at the very first ISA event held in Mexico. It’s going to be awesome and YOU COULD BE THERE FOR FREE!

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The Beach Cleanup Network Is Already On Its 11th Event

  • To date, approximately 500 people working together for the destination’s environment have filled over eight thousand black trash bags.

The 11th Riviera Nayarit Beach Cleanup Network event will take place on Saturday, April 11th at the close of the Holy Week and Easter vacation period and after thousands of visitors poured into the destination’s beaches.

These actions are more important than ever because of the vast influx of visitors and the evident increase in trash generated during the visit of thousands of domestic tourists.

Since the program’s inception in June of 2014, over eight thousand black bags have been filled with trash thanks to the work of the more than 15 citizens’ groups who have worked together with students and businesses to create awareness and change.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit Takes The American Media By Storm

  • The positive press generated by the destination continues into 2015 with stories in magazines and blogs including Travel Weekly, Just Luxe, ABC News, The Washington Times, Travel Age West, LA Times, Red Shores Travles, Travel Industry Today and many more, generating millions of impressions for the destination.

The Public Relations efforts by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) have succeeded in generating interest on the part of the international press, which has not stopped writing about Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

Not two months have gone by since the Riviera Nayarit CVB sent out a release about the numerous articles and posts on the destination that had been published in the United States; now there are nearly another dozen more positive reviews on the destination, which only serve to add to its positioning and the interest generated within this market.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit Graces Sports Illustrated

  • Sports Illustrated recreated Samantha Hoopes’ Ocean Magazine photo shoot, generating over 24 million impressions for Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

There’s no doubt doing things the right way nets the best results. That’s exactly what transpired with Samantha Hoopes’ photo shoot in the Riviera Nayarit for Ocean Magazine, which ended up gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated.

The expected thousands of impressions became millions of impressions when Sports Illustrated reproduced the photographs and info on the Riviera Nayarit that were originally published by Ocean Magazine on March 12th.

Ocean Magazine publishes 75 thousand issues a month, not to mention its online following. Sports Illustrated has more than 24.1 million unique monthly visits.

Monday, April 6, 2015

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

2015 Oyster Festival In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The divers from Bucerías are expected to give away five thousand oysters to tourists and locals during this XV anniversary of the festival; the contest for the biggest oyster will seek to surpass the 22-centimeter diameter winner from 2014; and there will be a new Oyster Queen to reign over the exciting cultural activities in store.

The 2015 Oyster Festival Organizing Committee—led by the Fishing and Aquaculture Cooperative for Costa de Chila, Peñita and Boca Ameca, Bucerías Section, together with the support of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, the municipal authorities and the business owners of Bucerías—invite one and all to celebrate the XV Anniversary of the Oyster Festival.

The date is set for April 12th in order to conclude Easter Week; the event starts at noon at the El Punto beach in Bucerías. This Festival is the biggest and oldest of its kind in the entire country.

As tradition dictates, this year the divers will give away five thousand oysters as well as kilos of fried fish and fresh ceviche in an act of goodwill and gratitude towards the community.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Riviera Nayarit Courts Colombian Couples

  • With the Novias y Bodas and Infashion magazine press trips the region will gain over 250 impressions within an audience perfectly attuned to the wedding, honeymoon and anniversary offerings of the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta.

Two Colombian magazines specializing in weddings, anniversaries and honeymoons—Novias y Bodas and Infashion—were invited to the region for a press trip this past February. They have already published their first articles in March, with more to come in September.

With the help of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur), representatives from the two magazines conducted their photo shoots and obtained all the information they needed.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Brazil’s Viagem e Turismo Magazine Toured The Riviera Nayarit

  • This important Brazilian publication with a run of over 120 thousand issues specializes in luxury destinations and has a target market of individuals with high net worth.

Success is obtained through perseverance, vision and passion—three qualities that the Public Relations Department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) takes very much into account when organizing press trips. This is why that office chose Brazil’s Viagem e Turismo magazine to visit the destination.

Viagem e Turismo is a magazine specializing in luxury tourism destinations, with a readership that is 2/3 women and 1/3 men, all within the AB socioeconomic group, that is, men and women with a high net worth who enjoy traveling and experiencing other cultures.