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.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

6th Riviera Nayarit Tourism Half Marathon & 10K

  • Runner participation has increased 600% since its inception, now boasting over 1,200 runners from 12 Mexican states plus the US and Canada. The Guayabitos 5-10K Race will be held this weekend.

The 6th Riviera Nayarit Tourism Half Marathon and 10K will be held on November 22nd in the morning. This is the only run of its kind aimed at visitors that helps the destination by generating income and positioning it on domestic and international levels.

The success of the previous events is noticeable in the increased number of participating athletes, which has grown from 180 in the first race to the more than 1,200 expected in the upcoming race. This represents an increase of 600% as announced in the recent press conference.

The conference was presided over by the director of the Organizing Committee, Arturo García; the Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, Marc Murphy; and the Sales Director for the Villa La Estancia Hotel, Jorge Villareal.

Uncover the wonders of hidden Mexico



With a rich history and breathtaking natural landscapes Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit offer a refreshingly authentic side of Mexico. Discover 6 of the best, hidden gems that should be on your radar if you want an off-the-beaten-track adventure...

Puerto Vallarta

Take a Tour
What better way to escape the populated tourist areas and get to know the real Puerto Vallarta than by taking a tour crafted by local people?
Street Food Tours: Mexico is renowned for its signature gastronomy, which is loved all over the world. However, there is nothing like the authentic flavours which can be sampled on a street food tour. Vallarta Eats (http://www.vallartaeats.com/) offers reasonably priced tours in the Old Town, taking small groups away from tourist eateries to discover local foodie paradises. They are launching a new ‘Tasting Vallarta Tour’ on November 1st.
Walking Tours: There are also a number of walking tours in the region which take you to undiscovered places. Escape Route Vallarta (http://escaperoutevallarta.com/) offer unique, personalised tours, such as their Tropical Plant Walk, a delight for fans of botanic life.

Rancho Manolo
Travelling just 12km south of Puerto Vallarta will bring you to this family-run property offering scenic horseback riding tours. As well as riding through the tropical jungle and round the rugged mountains, visitors are also treated to a trip to a hidden restaurant and secluded swimming hole, even passing a location featured in the movie Predator!

Terra Noble Spa
High up in the hills of Puerto Vallarta, Terra Noble Spa (http://www.terranoble.com/) is a hub of tranquillity, set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the city and ocean. Primarily offering a range of invigorating spa treatments inspired by its jungle surroundings, the centre also runs artistic workshops and can host events and weddings.

Riviera Nayarit

Hidden beach
Situated just off the coast are the Marietas islands, a goldmine for the adventurer. The uninhabited islands have an iconic form, a result of a combination of years of volcanic activity and military target practice by the Mexican government in the early 1900’s.

Spectacular rocky caves, quirky formations and exotic wildlife cover the islands, but they are most famed for the Hidden Beach, officially called Playa De Amor, or the 'Beach of Love’.
To reach this idyllic sun-trap you have to swim through a short tunnel, following a boat trip. Several tours now run to the islands, making this dream a reality (eg. Vallarta Adventures, http://www.vallarta-adventures.com/).

Tawexikta Lugar Del Sol (The Place of the Sun)
Four indigenous tribes still reside in Riviera Nayarit and surprisingly travellers to the regions have the opportunity to visit one such community.

The Huichol tribe welcomes visitors to share in their traditions and stay at a cabin in the village, which is located in Tawexikta and can only be reached by motorboat. While there visitors can take a glimpse into the traditional way of life, by sampling traditional meals, watching rituals first-hand and purchasing symbolic, colourful masks and necklaces from the Huichol women.

San Blas
A magical place famed for its biodiversity, authentic gastronomy, culture and rich history, this peaceful colonial port is definitely worth a day trip. Spend a relaxing day in the sun at the pristine El Borrego Beach, or follow the cobblestone streets back in time at San Basilio fort.

Nature lovers are also perfectly placed in San Blas as it boasts the most diverse population of endemic and migratory birds found anywhere in Mexico, making it ideal for bird watching. As well as this the waters around the town are populated by Whale Sharks – don’t miss the rare opportunity to swim with these majestic creatures.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

XX International Gourmet Festival

  • Decade number two rings in with 29 participating hotels and restaurants, over 30 chefs from four continents, and new and improved events to welcome over 20 thousand attendees from November 13-23 to Puerto Vallarta, the Riviera Nayarit and Tepic.

Once the announcement was made during the press conference held at the XX International Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Tepic Gourmet Food Festival (FGI, by its acronym in Spanish), considered the grandest and oldest of its kind in Mexico, the renowned “Three Musketeers”—Thierry Blouet, Heinz Reize and Roland Menetrey also announced that they were ready for the challenge.

The second decade of the FGI will run from November 13th through the 23rd this year with the participation of 29 hotels and restaurants and more than 30 guest chefs from 4 continents and over 10 countries. Most of them are from Mexico, though this year for the first time there will be two chefs from India.

“Everyone’s excited and we have a great program to celebrate the 20th anniversary,” said Chef Thierry Blouet. “We have more participants, more guest chefs and more events that are fun, mature and professional. The most important part, though, is that there is a deep, unlimited desire to continue to hold this event.”

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lo De Marcos Inaugurates Its First Tianguis Marketplace

  • Starting November 1st through March 28th Lo de Marcos will host an open-air market, or tianguis, selling organic produce and arts and crafts to visitors. Sayulita and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle already have their own markets, held on Fridays and Sundays, respectively.

The Picturesque Villages of the Riviera Nayarit are preparing for high season: Lo de Marcos, for example, is inaugurating its very own tianguis, or marketplace, offering art and fresh organic produce to attract both tourists and locals.

Starting November 1st through March 28th, every Saturday will see the main street turned into a marketplace from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., where people from the different communities around the Riviera Nayarit will be displaying their wares.

Monday, October 27, 2014

San Blas Brings Back National Conservation Week

  • Expos, conferences, workshops, a drawing contest, bird watching, art and plenty of environmental education are all part of the week’s events to better promote, protect and get to know the Historic Port of San Blas.

From October 28th through November 1st San Blas will once again celebrate National Conservation Week, an activity that was discontinued in 2011. It’s back and with every intention of staying in order to augment the development of environmental education and the conservation of the Port of San Blas and its adjacent communities.

This event, organized by the office of the Isla Isabel National Park, part of the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP), was revived thanks to the initiatives of two environmental teachers, Caitlin Chew and Natasha Darre, who both volunteer at said office.

“This year’s overall theme is the conservation of our biodiversity, but since San Blas hosts so many migratory birds we want to focus on that as well. The idea is to involve more people in environmental education, so the citizens can learn about the mangroves and the other many important elements of this region,” said Natasha Darre.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Riviera Nayarit Diversifies Its Promotion In Mexico City

  • The year-to-date results were presented to the media; there were one-on-one interviews with journalists; Chef Betty Vázquez and Oster achieved cross marketing promotions.

Conscious of the fact that Mexico is the top producer of tourism to the region, the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) diversified its promotional efforts within Mexico City in order to attract more domestic tourism.

A press conference, one-on-one interviews and a cross marketing activity with the Oster brand and Chef Betty Vázquez, the Riviera Nayarit’s Culinary Ambassador, all served to strengthen public relations in the metropolitan area.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Riviera-Nayarit Road Show Tours The Western United States

  • Over 400 agents received the latest updates from the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, thanks to the Road Shows that toured through eight cities in the Midwest and the West Coast of the United States.

The Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus toured the Midwest region of the United States as well as the West Coast for more than ten days from the end of September through the start of November in order to promote the destinations.

Employing the successful Road Show format in collaboration with wholesaler Mexico Unlimited the CVBs visited eight cities in order to update and train more than 400 US travel agents.

The objective was to demonstrate the ample tourism offerings both destinations can provide for the leisure and vacation segments. Among the cities toured were: Milwaukee, Kansas City, Omaha, Denver, Oakland, San Jose, Portland y Seattle.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

National Lawyer Convention To Be Held In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Some 300 lawyers from around Mexico will gather for this convention to be held for the first time in Nuevo Vallarta; the Marina Riviera Nayarit will host the inauguration, which will be attended by state authorities.

The Riviera Nayarit was chosen to host the Bar Association’s XLII National Convention for the Asociación Nacional de Abogados de Empresa (ANADE), which will take place from October 30 - November 2, 2014.

Thanks to its infrastructure, the Riviera Nayarit was chosen to host an event that focuses on conferences, workshops and debates as well as topics of domestic interest and the presentation of the 2014 ANADE Award. Other touristic, cultural and sports activities will also be held as part of the convention.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dynamic Promotion In Brazil For The Riviera Nayarit

  • Interviews with the Brazilian media took place at the end of September, which generated millions of promotional impacts. Other activities included email marketing to more than 50 travel agencies during the ABAV Fair.

The Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta were present during Brazil’s 2014 ABAV Fair (Brazilian Association of Travel Agencies), one of the most important expos of its kind in Latin America. The brand was represented in the Mexico pavilion by invitation of the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB).

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) made the most of this opportunity by dynamically promoting the destination. The public relations department held face-to-face interviews with the Brazilian media from September 24-26, which will generate millions of impacts in the upcoming weeks.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fantastic Coverage Of The Riviera Nayarit In The Canadian Media

  • Hundreds of thousands of impacts that will help position the destination in Canada were obtained via publications in both English and French within the past few months, a product of the promotional and public relations efforts put forth by the Riviera Nayarit CVB.

One of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s main objectives is to maintain and improve the brand’s positioning within Canada, as this is not only one of the natural markets for the region but it’s also one of the fastest growing market so far this year.

There have been articles published in several media with an extensive reach both in English and French in the recent past, adding up to nearly a million impacts within in the short time span between September and October.

Monday, October 20, 2014

BASIC TOOLS FOR RIVIERA NAYARIT EXPERTS


As a travel consultant you’re in charge of guiding each one of your clients efficiently and providing them with the newest travel information available. That’s why at the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau we do our best to offer you the fresh content and tools you’ll need to help you close sales.

We have great content online to fulfill every need. Below please find links to different topics and segments:

Meetings and Wedding Planners:

Group Bookings:

Sales materials including map guides, wedding brochures and MICE brochures:

Become a destination specialist for the Rivera Nayarit:

Events are an important part of life in the Riviera Nayarit; we have something new to share every month:

And why not come for yourself to get to know the destination or update your personal files by experiencing our luxury accommodations, our beautiful nature and the diverse activities for yourself? We have special rates just for you: http://www.rivieranayarit.com/travel_professionals_nayarit#tab6


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CULINARY FESTIVALS DELIGHTFULLY DELICIOUS!



Eating well is one of life’s greatest pleasures and with traditional Mexican cuisine on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists you can bet a visit to the Riviera Nayarit will be a delight.

The textures, flavors, aromas and colors of our local gastronomy are part of this superb designation and we have two fantastic showcases for our visitors to enjoy:  the Festival Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica, which is set to start on October 22nd through the 25th and the International Gourmet Festival from November 17 – 23, now in its 20th year. 

The former offers an ample program including Show-Cooking with Traditional Cooks and Show-Cooking with famous Domestic and International Chefs, plus of course a series of Wine, Tequila, Tea and Water Tastings hosted by expert sommeliers and mixologists, as well as keynote addresses on the culture of the corn and the importance of gastronomy in the promotion of a destination. Should you be wondering about our beloved desserts, don’t worry: you’ll be able to enjoy conferences on the Importance of Artisanal Baking and the presentation of the only dessert restaurant in the world. For more details visit www.vallartanayaritgastronomica.com 

The latter is the very famous International Gourmet Festival and this year it has a fantastic event-filled program, rife with activities, color, flavor and unique experiences, which they’re calling “an epicurean combination of jazz, wine and cheese.” You won’t want to miss the themed evenings mixing wine and haute cuisine at the Wine and Food Jam with Jazzköket (JazzKitchen), the Wine Pairing Lunch Workshop, diverse Cooking Shows, chats with Cooking Masters where you can interact with them and hear their experiences, the Flavors and Traditions of Colima event, Tango Nights and a very special and entertaining pool party, perfect for tasting the latest delicacies. The Festival will also host a Polo Tournament where they will serve paella and sports in the perfect spot to bring to a close the celebration of this 20th anniversary. For more details click on http://www.festivalgourmet.com/ 

There’s no doubt the Riviera Nayarit offers an abundance of experiences: come live them for yourself and see that we’re much more than just a beach destination. ¡Buen provecho! 


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WHY TRAVEL TO THE RIVIERA NAYARIT DURING LOW SEASON



Many of us love to go on vacation and usually do so when everyone else is off as well. That’s a lot of fun to do if you’d like to meet new friends, go out and party and share what you love to do best. However, it’s also great to go on vacation when everyone else is still at work: in fact, there are a lot of benefits if you take the plunge and try it out. Here are a few:

To begin with, you’ll get better pricing on your flights and hotel accommodations, because low season is prime season for excellent package deals. You’ll also be afforded quicker, better and more personalized service because there won’t be as many tourists in the destination—not to mention you’ll miss out on the crowds. 

You’ll also be able to escape from the city noise and relax in grand style on our beaches, which are practically empty in the off-season. Take a walk and drink in the panorama, feeling Nature’s energy soak in through your skin. We also recommend chilling out at the spa or by taking a yoga class. If you prefer something a little more active check out sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding or snorkeling. Of course, there’s always dinner at the water’s edge, a great way to recharge your batteries. 

More tips on traveling during low season include checking on the weather, taking advantage of the package deals and buying your plane tickets in advance to get even better rates. 

So pack your bags for a getaway from September through November or during the summer months of May and June to take full advantage of our low season promotions! You’ll find some good ones here: http://www.rivieranayarit.com/special_deals 

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ISLA ISABEL: EXPLORE, DISCOVER, ENJOY

 


Isla Isabel is one of the many islands that form part of the State of Nayarit, along with the famous Marietas and Marías islands

It’s located north of San Blas and is home to a huge population of birds, which is why it was declared a National Park in 1980 and then a Biosphere Reserve in 2000. Today there are certified, low impact tours available to the island. They allow for the observation of the birds, as well as snorkeling and scuba diving, not to mention the scientific study of the habitat of Isabel Island. 

The island is of volcanic origin, half a mile wide and about three-quarters of a mile long, and is located some 43 miles from San Blas. It was created during the alignments of the volcanic strata of the Cocos Plate. 

Today it is a paradise for bird lovers: there is a wide variety of endemic birds that live and reproduce there thanks to the varied flora, which is made up of deciduous forest and coastal dune vegetation. This allows for a wonderful biodiversity that gives rise to a huge population of birds that call this island home.

Among the many bird species visitors can observe are the Blue-Footed Booby, the Brown Pelican, the Brown Seagull, the Great Red Breasted Frigate, the Great Blue Heron, the Heermann’s Gull, the Double Crested Cormorant, the Sea Dove, the Brown Noddy and the Sooty Tern, among many others. And there’s more: there are False Coral Snakes, Whiptail Lizards, Spiny Lizards and Slow-Worms, plus 79 species of invertebrates, 79 species of coral fish and 24 species of sharks and mantas. 

Of note is the fact that Jacques-Ives Cousteau filmed a documentary about the bird population on the island titled “The Sea Birds of Isabela.”

If you’re an avid birdwatcher—a complete and total birdie—you’ll find this is one of the places that you’ll need to put on your bucket list. Just call your favorite tour operator and head on over to the fascinating Isla Isabel!


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The Riviera Nayarit: A Honeymoon Magnet For Celebrities

  • Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, an onsite portal dedicated to celebrating your love abroad, placed the Riviera Nayarit in second place on its list of the top honeymoon destinations for celebrities.

The destination continues to be a topic of conversation around the world thanks to the promotional snowball started by the constant public relations and marketing efforts of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). Proof positive: it now resides in the number two spot of the top honeymoon destinations for celebrities.

Thanks to Mexico’s Pacific Treasure’s infrastructure, service and synergy with Nature, the magazine and website Destination Weddings & Honeymoons placed the Rivera Nayarit among the most important destinations for international celebrities.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pinktober In The Riviera Nayarit, A Destination With A Cause

  • The fight against cancer gets support in the destination through the arts, sports and special promotions at hotels this month as part of a worldwide health initiative.

The month of October has been dedicated to the prevention and fight against cancer on a world level—originally dedicated to breast cancer, over time it has evolved into a generalized prevention campaign. Several hotels in the Riviera Nayarit are participating actively in the so-called month of Pinktober.

Resorts including the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta and the St Regis Punta Mita Resorts encourage donations and are lending helping hand to this movement via the arts, sports and special promotions. It’s hoped it will continue to permeate the local citizens’ lives.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Riviera Nayarit Offerings And Altars Contest

  • Tradition dictates that in order to properly celebrate the Day of the Dead, the Marina Nuevo Vallarta must hold an altar contest with grand prizes for the winners. The Riviera Nayarit CVB and Tropical Incentives will sponsor the event. 

Registration opens from October 15th through the 27th for participation in the Day of the Dead Offerings and Altars Contest at the Riviera Nayarit’s Marina Nuevo Vallarta.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and Tropical Incentives will sponsor the event. In order to register all you need to do is contact the Riviera Nayarit CVB’s Groups and Events Department at 01 (322) 297 2516 Ext. 120 and/or via email at grupos@rivieranayarit.com.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AHMBB Staff Receives Diplomas For Supervisor Certification Program

  • 26 employees from 12 AHMBB member hotels passed the free certification program that forms part of the constant training sessions offered for Association members; 70% of hotels benefitted from this action.

The Banderas Bay Hotel and Motel Association’s (AHMBB, by its acronym in Spanish) Human Resources Committee offered a certification program for supervisors as part of its commitment to take advantage of the resources available and offer free courses on the topics the union members need the most.

For eight weeks starting on August 20th, twenty-six employees from twelve local hotels completed seven modules that covered topics including: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Teamwork, Leadership, Empathetic Communication, Positive Attitude, Coaching, Quality and Productivity.

Alejandro Asomoza, Operations Manager and part of the AHMBB’s Human Resources Committee, announced that 70% of the union members participated in the certification program. The remaining hotels were unable to participate because they were at capacity and the managers needed to attend to their guests.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Chilean Tourists Seek The Vallarta-Nayarit Experience

  • The Chilean tourism market is seeking new experiences in Mexico beyond the Caribbean coast: these tourists are currently enjoying a very stable economy and are used to lengthy voyages, making the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta two very viable options.

The Vallarta-Nayarit joint campaign continues its promotional work in South America. This time they brought in nine of the top tour operators in Chile on a FAM trip, all of whom agreed the region is ideal for the Chilean tourist.

Coordinated by the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus in collaboration with Aeroméxico, the different regional managers and directors undertook several site inspections at hotels in both destinations and thoroughly enjoyed the culture and natural charm of the area.