Saturday, November 22, 2014

More Farmer’s Markets Open In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Every Tuesday there’s one at the Plaza del Sol in San Pancho, another in its second year at the Mercado del Sol and now the Riviera Farmer’s Market, new this year at the Centro Empresarial in Nuevo Vallarta.

The high season is here and there’s more commercial and touristic bustle in the Riviera Nayarit’s Picturesque Villages in order to offer the visitor a more ample variety of products.

San Pancho and Nuevo Vallarta have kicked off the new winter season with their respective marketplaces, announced in Sayulita, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Lo de Marcos, with another soon to be opened in Bucerías.

The markets open every Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. to a little after noon from November through May. You’ll find organic and handmade products, traditional Mexican cooking, live music, art, accessories, fresh local fruit and vegetables and more.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Two Groups Of Brazilian Travel Agents Visit The Region

  • The top 10 clients from among ADV Turismo and Flot’s retail agents and the top 10 reservations agents from Nascimento and MMT enjoyed a FAM trip to the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta.

The promotional activities of the Vallarta-Nayarit joint campaign under the aegis of the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) continue in the South American market. In this case, two different groups of travel agents from Brazil visited the region.

The event was a coordinated effort between the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus. Together they hosted the different tours that included visits to hotels in both destinations and the most beautiful attractions in the bay area.

From November 10-15, the top 10 clients from among ADV Turismo and Flot’s retail agents and the top 10 reservations agents from Nascimento and MMT visited the area. These four wholesalers have been the top vendors for the destinations.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

2nd Welcome To The Riviera Nayarit Golf Tournament

  • Ninety golfers from the United States, Canada and Mexico will welcome in the high season during this fantastic tournament held at the Flamingos Golf Club.

The Flamingos Golf Club will kick off the high season on November 22nd with the 2nd Welcome To The Riviera Nayarit Golf Tournament, a mixed competition with an A-Go Go format and great prizes to incentivize participants.

Ninety golfers from the United States, Canada and Mexico will participate in the competition, which is offering a $2,500 USD prize for a hole-in-one at the 16th hole and a golf cart to whoever does the same at the 6th hole. There will also be prizes in kind for the “Oh, Yes!” holes.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Riviera Nayarit To Host The ISA World Championships

  • Sayulita, the Riviera Nayarit’s Surf Capital, will play host to the top competition in the world of standup paddle and paddleboard from May 10-17, 2015, thanks to the work of the Nayarit MTB and the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

The International Surfing Association (ISA) officially announced on November 12th that the Riviera Nayarit is hosting the 4th World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship, which will be held from May 10-17, 2015.

This will be the first time that Mexico will host this competition and it will be in Sayulita, the Riviera Nayarit’s Surf Capital, as it’s considered Mexico’s SUP (standup paddle) community.

“We are delighted that Mexico will host the 2015 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship in Sayulita,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “It’s the ideal venue for the best SUP Surfers, SUP Racers, and Paddleboarders in the world to gather and compete for Gold.”

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Eva Longoria Is Expected To Tie The Knot In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Several dailies both domestic and international have published that the celebrity is expected to say “I do” at the exclusive Casa Aramara in Punta Mita.

Eva Longoria, of Mexican descent, and José “Pepe” Bastón, who is currently the president of Content and Television for Grupo Televisa, have reportedly chosen the Riviera Nayarit for their upcoming nuptials in February 2015.

Their chosen venue is expected to be Casa Aramara in Punta Mita. The news was first reported in the pages of the prestigious Life&Style magazine and by journalist René Franco on the show “La Taquilla,” just after the actress visited the set of “Voz México” to say hello to her friend Ricky Martin.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Meetings Tourism Receives A Boost At ICOMEX 2014

  • Over 150 business meetings were held between domestic and international meeting planners and hoteliers from the Riviera Nayarit.

As they do every year to reinforce the meetings industry in the region, a group of hotels accompanied by the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus participated in Latin America’s top meetings, conventions and incentives expo, ICOMEX 2014, now in its 6th year.

ICOMEX takes place in Mexico City’s World Trade Center and it’s where experts in the meetings industry meet with the top buyers in the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) sector in order generate networks and close new business.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Revolution Regatta Kicks Off The Sailing Season

  • This local regatta will also host a Cirque du Soleil Dinner Party to raise funds for the Vallarta Yacht Club’s Youth Sailing Program.  

The sailing season kicks off this 15th and 16th of November with the traditional Revolution Regatta, a regional event organized by the Vallarta Yacht Club (VYC) in Nuevo Vallarta.

The Regatta has been held for many years and includes several categories: Laser, Windsurf, 420 and Optimist. This year about 60 youths will be participating, mainly from the areas of Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta and Chapala.

Top Bands Confirmed For Classic Rock Fest


We’re just one month out from the Vallarta-Nayarit Classic Rock Fest and already some of the top bands that will be part of this iconic affair on the world stage of rock n’ roll are confirmed. Even more classic rock stars are expected to be added to this list shortly.

Everything is all set up to buy your tickets to these concerts on the beach, which run from December 12-14: $95 USD gets you a day pass, $250 USD gets you in for all three days, plus 10% added for DIF donations. You can purchase them at  www.vallartanayaritclassicrockfest.com.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Riviera Nayarit Festival of the Arts

  • Sayulita and Nuevo Vallarta will be the first towns to host this festival organized by the Riviera Nayarit CVB, which debuts with ballet, music and dancing; the festival will be an itinerant event and will encompass all the arts.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) extends a cordial invitation to both tourists and the general public to enjoy the Riviera Nayarit Festival of the Arts, which will put on a dazzling spectacle of music, ballet and dancing for its first appearance.

The calendar dates are Friday, November 14th at the main plaza of Sayulita and Saturday, November 15th at the Marina Nuevo Vallarta.

The party is set to begin at 7 p.m. and ends at midnight; access is open and completely free of charge.
There will be appearances from local and special guest academies and dance schools that will present varied choreographies, dance styles and rhythms.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Southwest Airlines Announces New Flights To The Destination

  • Daily flights begin on June 7, 2015, to and from Santa Ana, California.

Southwest Airlines filed its application with the US Department of Transportation to provide daily, nonstop service between John Wayne Airport, Orange County (Santa Ana, California) and the Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta, beginning June 7, 2015.

This is a result of the constant efforts of the Vallarta-Nayarit joint campaign to increase airlift to the area. After two years of negotiations, Southwest Airlines will finally fly into our destination.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Riviera Nayarit Hotel Infrastructure Tops In Mexico

  • Condé Nast Traveler and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons published a list placing Nuevo Vallarta and Punta de Mita’s hotels among the best in the Mexican Pacific.

The added value of being home to some of the best hotels in Mexico—and the globe—, make the Riviera Nayarit an attractive destination and generates ample and continuous coverage among the world’s tourists.  

Recent proof can be found in the different lists of the best hotels in the Mexican Pacific published by the prestigious international magazines, Condé Nast Traveler and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Samantha Hoopes’ Photoshoot In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The international model and Ocean Magazine chose the Riviera Nayarit for a photo session that will result in thousands of impressions for the destination with a segment of the population with high purchasing power.
The newest sensation on the modeling circuit, Samantha Hoopes, was the focus of a photo shoot for Ocean Magazine that took place in several different locations around the Riviera Nayarit. The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau and The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort coordinated the activity.

The statuesque 23-year old American model posed and enjoyed the landscapes of the Riviera Nayarit from October 25th through the 29th. Ocean Magazine’s editorial team will remain in the destination until November 7th to continue their exploration around the Riviera Nayarit to gather material for their articles.

The return on investment expected from these public relations actions with the model and Ocean Magazine—which has a circulation of 75 thousand books a month—is very high, as they will publish five full pages on the Riviera Nayarit in their “Most Stylish Destinations” section, plus another three in their “Holiday Haute List” destination spotlight.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

4th MITA TechTalks In The Riviera Nayarit

  • The leading minds in tech will be meeting at the St Regis Punta Mita Resort along with entrepreneurs, new talent and government authorities to analyze the economy, the technology and the cultural tendencies that impact tech innovation in Mexico and Latin America.

Latin America’s annual innovative tech conference, the upcoming MITA TechTalks, was announced during a press conference at the St Regis Punta Mita Resorts. The event will take place November 9-11 in Punta Mita, Riviera Nayarit.

This meeting will bring together some of the leading minds in the entrepreneurial tech ecosystem in Mexico and Silicon Valley. There will be approximately 150 attendees, among them, entrepreneurs, new talent, government authorities and businessmen.

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Beach Cleanup Network Is A Community Action

  • This sixth edition of the cleanup has already 15 groups signed up with approximately 450 people cleaning nine coastal communities and collecting approximately 1,000 bags of trash per event.

The Riviera Nayarit Beach Cleanup Network will hold another public beach cleanup effort on November 8th in nine coastal communities along the Riviera Nayarit.

This movement is 100% community driven and made up of people who have decided to participate, without care for remuneration and answering only to their conscience. It all came together when Ana Lilia Chávez, a citizen of the area, took it upon herself to visit the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and propose this project, which today is an ongoing reality.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Peruvian Tour Operators Are Sweet On Vallarta-Nayarit

  • The wholesalers emphasized the contrast between luxury and nature, as well as the all-inclusives and the coastal villages that offer an ample gamut of possibilities for the diverse tourism segments of Peru.

A group of 11 wholesale tour operators from Peru took part in a FAM trip to the area as part of the diversification of markets of the Vallarta-Nayarit joint campaign.

The wholesale tour operators Carisma Viajes, CTM Tours, Solways, EUA Reps, Destinos Mundiales, American Reps, BCD Travel, Nuevo Mundo, Travex, Actours and Viajes Falabella visited the bay area during the last days of October.

This group was selected because they sell complete packages and tourism circuits to many destinations and have a very ample client base within their regions, which raises the probability of sales.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Vallarta-Nayarit Covered Canada From One End To The Other

  • Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit reinforced their presence in Canada with the Quebec and Vancouver Road Shows and their participation in the SITV Fair in Montreal, where they trained over 150 travel agents; an increase in flights to the region was also announced.

The Vallarta-Nayarit joint campaign spanned the country of Canada with the participation of the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus in Road Shows in Quebec and Vancouver as well as their participation in the SITV Fair in Montreal.

The activities took place towards the end of October; the Road Shows trained over 150 travel agents and their participation in the SITV Fair also increase the brand’s presence during the three days of the event.

Our country’s excellent image in Canada was evident during our participation in the SITV, where we received the Universe Award for the second year in a row according to the surveys filled out by the top tourism businesses during the year regarding consumers’ winter vacation preferences outside of Canada.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Discovery Channel Will Broadcast A Program On The Riviera Nayarit

  • Next November 6th at 7:30 a.m. (Central Mexico time) a program showcasing the charms of the Riviera Nayarit will be broadcast to over 100 million homes around the world.

As a result of the public relations efforts of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) there was a television program coordinated in June that will air this coming November 6th at 7:30 a.m. (Central Mexico time) on the Discovery Channel.

The Savvy Stews, Gailen David and Bobby Laurie produced the program with special guest Jessica Reyes, host of The Daily Buzz; the show already aired on September 9th on www.savvystews.tv.

The success of the show led to the Discovery Channel broadcasting it out to over 100 million homes around the world, which will now have the chance to see the charms of the Riviera Nayarit.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Environmental Efforts Gain Momentum In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Nuevo Vallarta received its first impulse to become the first “Clean Tourist Destination” in Mexico; federal and state level environmental certificates were given to businesses in Nayarit; the Islas Marietas will have a new, modern vessel dedicated to their care.

During a ceremony held on October 31st at the Paradise Village Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta, the federal and state authorities related with the environment announced several activities to help increase the environmental efforts within the Riviera Nayarit and the state at large.

The head of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa, by its acronym in Spanish), Guillermo Haro Bélchez was in charge of announcing the Boost for Recognition of Nuevo Vallarta as a “Clean Tourist Destination.”

Besides signing the agreement, the encounter also provided a forum for the award of the Tourism Environmental Quality Certificates to businesses on a federal and state level on behalf of Profepa by the state Secretariat of Environment. Vallarta Adventures was one of the tourism-focused businesses that received a certificate.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Vallarta-Nayarit Distinguishes Itself At IMEX America 2014

  • The Rivera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta held 95 business meetings during the most important meetings expo in the Americas, standing out for their fresh, new offerings for the sector.

IMEX America 2014, the most important expo for the meetings industry, which took place from October 14-16 in Las Vegas, Nevada, served as a showcase for the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus to present both destinations’ offers.

A total of 95 business meetings were held with the hoteliers and the destinations, which pointed to the great variety and availability of product to satisfy the needs for incentive travel, meetings, conventions, conferences and more.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Polish Press Takes A FAM Trip To The Region

  • Four reporters and a photographer visited the area, accompanied by the Regional Director of the Central and Eastern European office of the MTB; their published material is expected to generate millions of impressions in the different sectors of their previously selected audience.

The Vallarta-Nayarit joint promotional campaign spearheaded by the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) included an October FAM trip to Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit for the Polish press.

Vicente Salas, the Regional Director of the Central and Eastern European office of the MTB, also attended the trip, which was coordinated by the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus.

Four reporters and a photographer enjoyed the visit, which was titled “Fall in Love With the Mexican Pacific.” The media was selected in order to reach specific sectors of the 36 million inhabitants of Poland.