Monday, February 22, 2016

RIVIERA NAYARIT VOTED BEST 2016 LUXURY DESTINATION IN MEXICO AND RECEIVES MORE AAA FOUR AND FIVE DIAMOND AWARDS


RIVIERA NAYARIT VOTED BEST 2016 LUXURY DESTINATION IN MEXICO AND RECEIVES MORE AAA FOUR AND FIVE DIAMOND AWARDS

KICKS OFF 2016 WITH PRESTIGIOUS TOURISM ACCOLADES

RIVIERA NAYARIT, MEXICO - February 19, 2016 - Riviera Nayarit is pleased to announce a number of prestigious accolades granted by travAlliancemedia, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and American Automobile Association (AAA), recognizing the destination’s luxurious accommodations and world-class experiences. Riviera Nayarit adds a Travvy Award from travAlliancemedia, one Gold and two Silver Adrian Awards from HSMAI, and one additional AAA Four Diamond hotel rating to its already long roster of praises by these three acclaimed organizations.

“We are only six weeks into 2016 but already we feel like the year is off to an unbelievable start. The entire Riviera Nayarit CVB is both humbled and motivated to continue sharing our beautiful destination with travelers from all over the world,” said Richard Zarkin, Public Relations Manager of Riviera Nayarit CVB. “With all of the exciting new developments ahead, we know that the best is yet to come for our destination and we look forward to representing the finest experiences that Mexico has to offer.”     

Please see below for details of Riviera Nayarit’s newest accolades:

Travvy Award           
The destination of Riviera Nayarit was awarded Gold for “Best Luxury Destination: Mexico” in the 2016 Travvy Awards, which recognizes entities with the highest standards of excellence in the tourism industry. Winners were selected through a voting process with 39,000 participating travel agents. Still a relatively new destination in Mexico, Riviera Nayarit has quickly gained a reputation for attracting luxury travelers and brands, with new properties from One & Only and W Hotels recently announced, as well as an entertainment park from Cirque de Solei.         

AAA Four Diamond Rating
Matlali Hotel, now known as Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills Resort & Spa Riviera Nayarit, was awarded the AAA Four Diamond distinction. Situated near the magnificent Bahia de Banderas and surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains, the property was built in a sustainable manner and integrated into its surrounding flora and fauna. The award boasts the property’s tranquil suites, relaxing infinity pool and rejuvenating Makaw√© Spa.

Showcasing the high caliber of Riviera Nayarit’s accommodations and restaurants, the destination has been home to a total of four AAA Five Diamond hotels, one AAA Five Diamond restaurant, five AAA Four Diamond restaurants, 11 AAA Four Diamond hotels, 13 AAA Three Diamond hotels and 26 AAA Three Diamond restaurants.     

As a testament to their excellent quality and service, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit was granted the AAA Five Diamond Award for an astounding tenth year in a row.

Adrian Awards         
Riviera Nayarit won a Gold award from the prestigious Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Adrian Awards, for the recent multi-page feature of the destination in Ocean Magazine with fashion model, Samantha Hoopes. The award is a direct result of the ongoing mission to connect with travel aficionados that are searching for an emphasis on luxury and style. Ocean Magazine “is the essential go-to guide for women in search of an inside look at all of the elements of everything that is travel and style.”      

Additionally, Riviera Nayarit won two Silver awards for recent pieces on the destination in the Los Angeles Times and on USAToday.com. The Los Angeles Times newspaper placement showed highlights of Riviera Nayarit’s nature and adventure experiences, which included a panga (wooden boat) ride through a mangrove and surf lessons on the beach. As one of the largest print newspapers in the United States, this story was directly targeted to the destination’s core audience and established Riviera Nayarit as the go-to destination in Mexico for nature-based and adventure activities.    

The Silver award for coverage featured on USAToday.com promoted the destination’s vast range of nature-oriented activities, magnificent setting and luxury offerings by way of upscale resorts, fine dining, yachting, jungle adventures, whale watching, and the exploration of small towns. The online USA Today feature helped the destination achieve its goal of differentiating itself from its Mexican competitors. The story portrayed Riviera Nayarit as a destination that “attracts a diverse cross-section of travelers – from well-heeled superstars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin to easygoing backpackers carrying a surfboard under their arm.”

For more information about the destination and the hotels in Riviera Nayarit, please visit www.rivieranayarit.com.
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About Riviera Nayarit          
Mexico’s newest destination, Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coast framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains just ten minutes north of accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport.  The region extends along the entire coast of the Pacific state of Nayarit including the resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic colonial town of San Blas, exclusive Punta Mita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit offers countless activities, such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle release, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine, and the local artwork from the traditional Huichol tribe. The region attracts and satisfies 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.”  In 2015, Riviera Nayarit was recognized by Travel Weekly as “Mexico's new holiday destination on the Pacific coast,” by Yahoo! Travel as “Mexico's New Playground” and on Conde Nast Traveller UK 2015 Hot Destinations List. For more information, visit www.RivieraNayarit.com or follow Riviera Nayarit's Social Media Facebook Fan Page, @riv_nayarit and Instagram @rivieranayarit.                



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