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.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Travel To The Riviera Nayarit Like A Celebrity

  • This contest gives away an all-expenses paid trip for two girlfriends sponsored by E! Entertainment, Aeroméxico, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Vallarta Adventures. (Valid only in Mexico and Latin America.)

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) invites you to participate in its new Facebook promotion titled #ViajaComoCelebrity (#TravelLikeACelebrity). This contest could be your free ticket to ride and enjoy the best of the Mexican Pacific.

The promotion is sponsored by E! Entertainment, Aeroméxico, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Vallarta Adventures. You could travel like a celebrity with a round-trip ticket, a 5-night/6-day stay plus different activities and tours for two girlfriends—all on the house.

Monday, October 13, 2014

1st Annual Guayabitos Bike Fest 2014

  • Expect a night ride, beach activities, a BMX and antique bike exhibit, mountain routes, street rides and plenty of fun for every skill level; the Corsa Beach Party car exhibit will also be in full swing at the same time.

BiciRutas de Tepic, Marcando Caminos and Club Coras Team, together with the Compostela Hotel and Motel Association and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau, invite one and all to the 1st Annual Guayabitos Bike Fest 2014, to be held from October 17-19.

The fun starts with a Night Ride on Friday evening in Guayabitos, followed by the Tepic-Guayabitos Ride with the participation of Mexican Olympic cyclist, Belem Guererro. Then there will be a 70km Mountain Bike Run for advanced riders and a 20km Mountain Bike Ride for intermediates and beginners; finally, there will be a Ride to the River held on Sunday.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

100 Domestic Travel Agents Inspected The Region

  • Bedsonline, the wholesaler tour-operator, brought its ninth consecutive annual FAM trip once again, making this year’s trip the first to include agencies from around the country.

From October 2nd through the 5th, a group of 100 domestic travel agents participated in several site inspections in the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta as part of a FAM trip brought to the destinations by Bedsonline, which has been hosting it for nine consecutive years.

Bedsonline is on online wholesaler tour-operator for travel agents, and is considered the largest retail platform in Mexico with four thousand agencies to its name; the Riviera Nayarit is the destination that generates the most sales. The wholesaler is part of the worldwide TUI Travel PLC group.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Riviera Nayarit Beach Cleanup Network Now Has 13 Groups To Its Name

  • Four more non-profits joined the beach cleanup efforts during this fifth round, including La Cruz de Huanacaxtle with reinforcements heading to Bucerías and San Pancho; there are now 9 communities on the receiving end of their labors.

The civil groups from the different communities along the Riviera Nayarit continue to strengthen the Beach Cleanup Network, which now boasts 13 groups coming together on the second Saturday of every month; the next cleanup will fall on October 11th.

This time around, students are joining in with the cleanup teams along the beaches of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. San Pancho and Bucerías are also receiving reinforcements.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Construction Underway On The Largest Convention Center In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta began construction with a projected end date of Summer 2015 on an event space that will be ready to host shows, sports and, most importantly, tourism activities including conventions and exhibits for up to 1,500 attendees.

The cornerstone for the new Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta International Convention Center was laid on October 7th, heralding the construction of what will be the largest convention center ever built in the Riviera Nayarit.

Construction will be completed by Summer 2015 on the center, which will hold up to 1,500 attendees. It will have 1,200 square meters of space (26 meters in length, 48 meters in width and 7 meters in height) and will be able to be divided into four separate sections.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Riviera Nayarit Takes Over The Airwaves


  • The popular radio show ¡Qué tal Fernanda! hosted by Fernanda Familiar, broadcast a special edition from the Iberostar Playa Mita, where she spoke about the Riviera Nayarit to the 21 states that receive her signal and to thousands of her social media followers.

The Iberostar Playa Mita has recently carried out a number of promotional activities, including a live broadcast from its facilities that took place towards the end of September: the program, ¡Qué tal Fernanda! hosted by Fernanda Familiar, was dedicated entirely to Mexico’s Pacific Treasure and included the participation of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“The Riviera Nayarit is a paradise, it’s definitely a place that every Mexican citizen should visit,” said Fernanda Familiar. “It’s a very important destination with a tourist development that’s crucial for Mexico, with plenty of history included. This is a place that is a reflection of the Mexico we all need to experience, where you’ll find hard-working people, large-scale investment, warmth, nature… In short, it’s everything one looks for in a destination. It’s a must-visit.”