- This event brings the main golf tour
operators together with hotels, golf clubs, destinations, and tourism
The Riviera Nayarit participated in the 11th edition of the North America Golf Tourism Convention that took place from June 7-10 in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. This event brings together the top golf tour operators with hotels, golf clubs, destinations, and tourism providers.
The event is organized by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), which has over 2,763 accredited members around the world, of which 693 tour operators from 64 countries generate 87% of sales in the segment.
The one-on-one sessions with the top golf providers were a standout: the Riviera Nayarit CVB held 15 appointments with operators from the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Several hotel executives were also present, including representatives from the Hard Rock Vallarta, Paradise Village, Vidanta, and Iberostar Playa Mita, who shared with attendees the offer available in Bahía de Banderas.
“Golf tourism requires premium and luxury products—the Riviera Nayarit offers spectacular golf courses and high end services, which makes it a very attractive destination for that market,” said Marc Murphy, managing director for the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors (CVB).
GOLF IN THE RIVIERA NAYARIT
The Riviera Nayarit has established itself in the past few years as one of the most important destinations in Mexico for golf, becoming well-known among practitioners by offering the best greens and the most celebrated tournaments.
The golfing experience is at the highest level, thanks not only to its excellent greens designed by top professionals including Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Jim Lipe, Robert Von Hagge & Baril, and Percy Clifford, but also for the magnificent mountain, tropical forest, and beach landscapes that delight golfers.
Most of the courses are certified by the PGA—and you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy a fun game!
There are currently eight world-class courses available for golfers in the Riviera Nayarit: El Tigre, Flamingos, Litibú, Nayar, Norman Signature, and The Lakes at Vidanta Golf; Punta Mita Bahía and Punta Mita Pacífico; and two small 9-hole courses, Las Huertas in San Pancho and Ensueño Golf Club.
The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) are work intensively to promote the destination with the support of the Government of the State of Nayarit via its Tourism Promotional Trust (Fiprotur). The sports-related tourism offer in the region is a key asset for these promotional activities.