Friday, September 19, 2014

Vallarta-Nayarit Present At The Apple Vacations Trade Show

  • Over 1,500 international travel agents were updated on the destination during the Chicago and Detroit trade shows; the Iberostar Playa Mita received the Crystal Apple Award as the best all-inclusive family hotel.

The joint Vallarta-Nayarit promotion continues to be a success, this time making an appearance at the Apple Vacations Trade Shows 2014, which took place in Chicago and Detroit.

There were a total of 1,500 international travel agents who received updates on the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta’s hotel offerings and attractions. This information was given to the agents thanks to the promotional work of the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Join Us For The 2nd #RivieraNayarit Twitter Party!

  • This time around we’re looking for our fans to share their experiences and memories created in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure through their images on September 19th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the activity peaking between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The first Twitter Party was a resounding success, so the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau is all set to do it again: this Friday, September 19th prepare for the second edition of this fantastic marketing strategy.

The party will revolve around users sharing their experiences via their photos, to be posted and shared with the hashtag #RivieraNayarit on our Twitter accounts in Spanish (@RivieraNayarit), English (@Riv_Nayarit) and Portuguese (@Riv_NayaritBR).

The Twitter Party will be an all day affair lasting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., peaking between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the Riviera Nayarit Social Media Club and local hotels will be more actively exchanging posts with users.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Domestic Travel Agents Train In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Thirty-one travel agents from Aguascalientes visited the region to be updated on the destination; Aguascalientes is the third largest provider of tourists to the Riviera Nayarit.

Thirty-one travel agents from Aguascalientes visited the Riviera Nayarit from September 6-8 on a FAM trip sponsored by the CVB in order to get updated on what’s new in the destination.

During their stay they visited Nuevo Vallarta, San Pancho, Sayulita and the Marietas Islands, and were duly charmed by the high quality of service not only at the hotels but also during the tours, as well as the area’s gastronomy and the warmth of the local citizens. Together, these qualities will make it easy for them to sell the Riviera Nayarit to their clients.

It’s of great importance for the CVB to attend to all of the segments that represent a constant and growing stream of tourism towards the region. Aguascalientes is, in fact, one of the most important domestic markets that visit the destination.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Riviera Nayarit Boosts Meetings Tourism

  • Eighty domestic meeting planners were updated on the activities and changes in the destination as well as the options offered by the hotel sector in the hopes of increasing the number of meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions held in the Riviera Nayarit; the meetings industry is the second largest contributor to tourism in the area.

Several power breakfasts and business meetings were held in Mexico City during the first week of September of the current year, during which a total of 80 meeting planners received updates on the remarkable infrastructure and diversity offered by the Riviera Nayarit.

It is expected these events will generate business deals with the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions segment, translating into significant income to the Riviera Nayarit during the final four-month period of 2014 as well as in the upcoming year.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

There Are Now Nine Beach Clean-Up Crews In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Though the Isla de Mexcaltitán is not a beach, it connected with the groups in the name of its cultural, historical and tourist value as the birthplace of Mexican heritage; San Pancho, Guayabitos and Los Ayala are also part of the Riviera Nayarit CVB’s project.

It’s been four months since the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) began to coordinate the beach cleanup efforts that had already sprung up in the different communities; there are now nine different groups attached to the project.

This month, the Isla de Mexcaltitlán, San Pancho, Guayabitos and Los Ayala joined Bucerías, Punta de Mita, La Peñita de Jaltemba and Platanitos; Nuevo Vallarta is separate from the group since the hotels themselves are constant working to keep the area’s beaches clean.

September is considered Mexico’s Mes de la Patria (Month of Our Nation), and Mexcaltitán is the cradle of Mexican heritage. This island, located in the municipality of Santiago Ixcuintla, is cleaning up the entire town looking to reclaim its title of Pueblo Mágico, or magical village.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Beach Personnel Receive Training On Sea Turtle Management

  • About 50 service providers from different sectors in Nuevo Vallarta received training on how to adequately manage sea turtles under different circumstances; Nuevo Vallarta shelters some six thousand sea turtle nests a year, half of all of the nests that appear in the entire Riviera Nayarit.

The Nuevo Vallarta Turtle Camp joined forces with the Banderas Bay Trust (Fibba, by its acronym in Spanish), the Clean Beach Committee and the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (Conanp, by its acronym in Spanish) in order to train over 50 service providers in Nuevo Vallarta regarding the care of the sea turtle under several different circumstances.

Biologist Emilio Esparza Venegas, who is in charge of the camp, updated public security guards, hotel managers, beach vendors, lifeguards and other service providers in order to clear up any disinformation caused by changes in personnel.

The objective is for these providers to know what to do in case of an emergency or other situations dealing with sea turtles, their nests, eggs and hatchlings, or if they should come across a hurt or dead specimen. This event was also undertaken in order to keep the beach certifications and the Blue Flag award given to Nuevo Vallarta.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

North America Hearts Vallarta-Nayarit

  • The official numbers from the Grupo Aereoportuario del Pacífico (GAP) indicated the Vallarta-Nayarit International Airport has recovered 139,718 seats between January and August of this year; during the first semester of 2014, 50% of the international visitors to the Riviera Nayarit were from Canada, 44% were from the United States and other world destinations made up the remaining 6%.

The information from the Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP), verifies the continued rise in the recovery of seats on international flights to the Vallarta-Nayarit International Airport.

The official number is 139,718 seats recovered during the period between January and August 2014, which represents an increase of 21% over the same time period in 2013. These are only incoming from the United States and Canada.

The United States saw 109,188 recovered seats during this aforementioned time period; Canada showed a total of 30,530.

However, from January to June of this year, 616,400 international tourists from North America arrived to the Vallarta-Nayarit region: 439,710 from the United States and 176,690 from Canada. These numbers do not reflect any visitors from other parts of the world.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Earthcheck positions Riviera Nayarit internationally.

  • Riviera Nayarit gets widely in different countries through the international press release where EarthCheck formalize the registration of Nuevo Vallarta to their program, at the same time, the Public Relations offices from the Visitor’s and Conventions Bureau in Riviera Nayarit will replicate it in the countries where most of the promotional efforts are done.

One of the most visited coastal destinations in Mexico, Riviera Nayarit, will this year work with EarthCheck to embrace sustainable development across the destination.  EarthCheck is the world’s leading sustainability program for the travel and tourism industry and works with destinations from around the world.

Riviera Nayarit will benchmark its environmental and social performance against the scientific EarthCheck Community Standard. Performance indicators include biodiversity conservation, contributions towards social and community actions or support of local suppliers.

Director of the Riviera Nayarit Visitor and Conventions Office (CVB), Marc Murphy, said that the community would be taking on a holistic approach to sustainability and destination management to conserve their delicate ecosystem and support tourism development.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

San Pancho Recycles, Giving The Riviera Nayarit “Tons” Of Help

  • These are activities that strengthen the cultural tourism of the area: every year they recycle 120 tons of glass, as well as plastic, cardboard and metal; plus, they’ve already built 7 Recicla Parques (Recycle Parks) in different communities.

Among the many reasons why the community of San Pancho is considered the Riviera Nayarit’s Culture Capital are Recicla San Pancho, Recicla Shop and Imaginarte, part of the Centro Cultural Entre Amigos A.C. (Among Friends Cultural Center), not to mention the fact that its contribution to the environment serves to strengthen cultural tourism to the region.

Since 2008, the community has been collecting, classifying, separating and processing recyclables such as glass, plastic, paper, cardboard and metal. Currently they are recycling 120 tons of glass per year.

The recycling center, Recicla San Pancho, is a pioneer both in Nayarit and the western part of the country. It all began as a federal temp employment program for women and today it’s one of the many tourist attractions offered by San Pancho.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Riviera Nayarit Welcomed Reps From Brazil’s Luxury Media

  • The most recent FAM trip to the destination included seven of Brazil’s top media specializing in luxury audiences with high purchasing power; together they will garner an estimated 11.5 million impressions.

Seven of Brazil’s top media were strategically selected by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) to participate in a FAM trip from August 28th through September 3rd. The media were chosen to take this tour through Mexico’s Pacific Treasure for their luxury audiences with high purchasing power.

Soon, details on the Riviera Nayarit will be broadcast throughout Brazil via specialty magazines, websites and television stations. There are an estimated 11.5 expected impressions that will continue to strengthen the positioning of the destination within this Amazonian nation.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Vallarta-Nayarit Trained 400 Travel Agents in Canada

  • WestJet announced an increase in its flight frequency from Vancouver and Calgary to the Vallarta-Nayarit International Airport beginning in October in order to prepare for the upcoming winter season.

The Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus participated in the WestJet Vacations Mexico Expo from August 25 – 28, 2014, in order to promote the Vallarta-Nayarit brand with an eye towards the upcoming winter season.

A total of 400 Canadian and international travel agents had appointments within the Trade Show format, during which they were updated with the most recent information from both destinations. The events took place Western Canada’s main cities: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg.

Rodrigo Esponda, regional director for North America for the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB), commented that the presence of the Vallarta-Nayarit brand is growing stronger in the Canadian marketplace and assured the region generates the most number of visitors to Mexico.

Friday, September 5, 2014

  • September 6th is World Shorebird Day—and San Blas and Tecuala are among the hundreds of destinations spanning the five continents that will be part of the counting to register and follow up on these species.

World Shorebird Day takes place on September 6th, and to mark the occasion the Global Shorebird Counting will take place to further the research and science behind these species. The Riviera Nayarit will be an active participant as a birding destination.

There are 510 destinations across the five continents that have voluntarily registered to be a part of this movement, which is made up of different organizations that specialize in these species. There are 11 destinations registered in Mexico, three of which are in the Riviera Nayarit: San Blas and two more in Las Marismas Nacionales (The National Marshes) located in Tecuala.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tourists Give The Riviera Nayarit A 9.5

  • According to the Satisfaction Surveys, tourists emphasized hospitality, safety, cleanliness, the beach, the restaurants, the accommodations, the Mexican culture and golf.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) Product and Research Department surveyed tourists during the first semester of the current year; the visitors gave the destination a 9.5 out of a possible 10 points.

The Riviera Nayarit CVB created the study in order to identify the visitors’ level of satisfaction; it allowed the tourist to grade the services and attractions offered by the destination. Among the top grades given by the majority of our visitors were: hospitality (9.59), safety (9.67), cleanliness (9.5), beaches (9.4) and accommodations (9.42).

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Coming Soon: The 6th Annual Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica

  • Over 25 personalities from the culinary world will offer conferences, tastings, show cooking and more from October 22-25, highlighting their gastronomic expertise.

Once again the Riviera Nayarit will welcome the Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica event, now in its sixth year. This culinary festival will be celebrated from October 22-25 at the Hotel Marival Resort & Suites in Nuevo Vallarta.

For four days celebrities from the world of gastronomy including chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, lecturers plus domestic and international exhibitors will come together in one place. for the first time, this edition will have a guest that will be the State of Guanajuato.

Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica will include an ample variety of events including lectures, show cooking, tastings, mixology, an exhibit floor for sponsors, private wine pairings and tastings, promotions offered by affiliated businesses and other activities of interest.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tourism Is Recovering In The Riviera Nayarit—And It Shows!

  • The arrival of international tourists increased by 21% during the first semester of 2014 compared to the same time period in 2013; the income to the destination also grew by 27%, as did occupation stats and room nights.

The tourism recovery in the Riviera Nayarit is well on its way and the numbers clearly show a positive increase, this according to the official statistics announced by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

The most relevant data was observed within the increase in both the arrival of international tourists and the income to the destination achieved during the first semester of 2014 when compared to the same time period last year.

From January through June 2014 there were 341,174 registered foreign visitors, 21% more than the 281,391 international visitors registered during the same period in 2013.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Riviera Nayarit Among The Top Ten Destinations For Latinos In The US

  • The US web portal Latin Post, one of the leading sites for the Hispanic community, recently published a list of special recommendations for “must-go” places: the Riviera Nayarit was number two on that list.

The Latin Post, a web portal geared towards US-based Latinos, published a top ten list of ideal vacation spots for Latinos, positioning the Riviera Nayarit in second place along with Puerto Escondido; they were the only two destinations representing Mexico.

The article, published on August 21st, is now on a site that boasts 3.5 million unique visitors per month; the United States is a natural market for Mexico’s Pacific Treasure. In an interesting aside, the list encompasses destinations from around the world.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

300 Brazilian Agents Were Trained By Vallarta-Nayarit

  • The Brazilian Tour conducted by the joint Vallarta-Nayarit campaign ended successfully, generating plenty of interest among the Brazilian travel agents who also received comps as incentives; several tour operators already offer complete packages to sell the destinations.

The first joint promotional tour to Brazil by the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus concluded recently, resulting in the training of 300 Brazilian agents on the Vallarta-Nayarit campaign.

From August 18-21, the cities of Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro were treated to a trade show with hotels and operators, where the travel agents with the best profile for selling Vallarta-Nayarit were informed about our destination’s products.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Come Experience the 3rd VW Riviera Fest!

  • More than 250 cars and about 1,500 people will come together at the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle on Sunday the 31st; on the afternoon of Saturday the 30th there will be a parade departing from the roundabout across the way from the El Tigre Golf Course.

The third edition of the VW Riviera Fest is here, a meet-up of Volkswagen vehicles that will be on exhibit and in competitions on the 30th and 31st of August at the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Hanacaxtle.

There will be over 250 modified vehicles with unique designs on the classic Bug and Combi chassis, as well as other models like Jetta, Golf and sand buggies.

Some 1,500 attendees are expected between participants and tourists who enjoy this type of auto show.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Destiladeras is one of those beaches that may be popular, but it’s still a place where you can truly get away from the wandering musicians, the itinerant vendors and even the restaurants, since there are only two palapas serving fresh seafood, cold beverages plus lounge chair and umbrella rentals.

In order to get to Destiladeras you’ll have to take Federal Highway 200; it’s just five minutes from La Cruz de Huanacaxtle or 20 minutes from Nuevo Vallarta, but you have to walk down the mountain on a little trail to reach the beach.

Before you walk down, take a minute to drink in the view and take a few pics. The cliff is a fantastic vantage point for panoramic vistas of the ocean. On your way back, pause for a shot of the sunset—it’s breathtaking!

Once you’re on the beach you can choose to be close to any of the two palapas or strike out on your own away from the few people that will be there. Head north and take your umbrella, beach chair and towels; we also suggest a small cooler, snacks, a bag for your trash, plenty of sunscreen and the desire to spend an entire day relaxing to the beat of the sounds of nature, the caress of the ocean breeze and the music of the waves.

If you’re feeling energetic, try your hand at boogie boarding, paddle boarding or kayaking—if you have the equipment. Otherwise, live in the moment and take a long walk along this endless beach. Not up to that, either? Well kick back, work on your tan and enjoy the view of the infinite ocean. If you’re looking to get away from it all, Destiladeras is definitely the place to go.


Baby Boomers are retiring in record numbers and many of them are still fit, strong and ready to enjoy their life tempered with the wisdom of experience. The Riviera Nayarit is an ideal choice for retirees, especially for those looking for a change of scenery and a move to a warmer climate. 

The average yearly temperature hovers around 77˚ Fahrenheit with a water temperature between 72˚ and 77˚ Fahrenheit—the refreshing water and warm climate are perfect for swimming year round. The Riviera Nayarit shares the Puerto Vallarta International Airport with its sister city in the State of Jalisco, so air connectivity is excellent with most major hubs.

Among the many services at your disposal, should you become a resident or choose to vacation here, are:
  • Modern shopping centers with imported and domestic products
  • Excellent public transportation in well-maintained vehicles in the area of Nuevo Vallarta and Flamingos
  • Top-notch hospitals in Puerto Vallarta
  • Wellness and yoga centers
  • Dentists
  • Marinas and yacht clubs
  • Casino
  • Canadian and American consulates
  • Variety of green common areas
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The Riviera Nayarit is perfect, not only because of the abovementioned points, but also because its coastline extends over 200 miles and is dotted with a variety of micro destinations—23 to be exact—each of them unique, beachfront and filled with local citizens just waiting to meet you. You’ll be sure to make friends who will end up inviting you into their homes or helping you to learn the language. Of course, there are also language schools for foreigners, should you choose to be a bit more formal about it.

And while retirement can be all about relaxing, you can also integrate a bit of learning, whether you’re interested in the local gastronomy, our culture, traditions, art or folklore. There are several associations in the area where you can become a member or a student. You can also participate in community programs for those with special needs or to help in children’s homes or animal shelters. There are painting and sculpture workshops, even classes on how to recycle materials for reuse at home!

There’s so much to enjoy in the Riviera Nayarit, with its excellent climate, pristine beaches, gorgeous sunsets and verdant nature; and, of course, the warmth of its people! Here you’ll be able to make your mark in the community by collaborating with the local citizens and sharing what you know and love. In return, we’ll teach you all the reasons why you decided to choose the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico for your new home. We’re waiting with open arms: Our casa es su casa!