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

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.”

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Discover The Undiscovered In Riviera Nayarit

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Riviera Nayarit, Mexico  - Famed for its luxurious resorts and wonderful nature experiences, Riviera Nayarit, still has miles of little known territory holding hidden treasures such as the longest beach in Mexico, a posh mountain lake getaway, indigenous communities brimming with history and art, the island home of the Aztec people, a rarely visited archeological site and charming colonial towns.

SantaSanta Maria Del Oro
The Sierra Madre Mountains dominate the Riviera Nayarit skyline, but they also conceal an alluring lake region surrounded by private residences and intimate upscale accommodations such as the Santa Maria Resort Hotel with 20 beautifully designed cabins for up to six guests, set in a beautiful garden setting beside the lake.  Ideal for a destination wedding, the entire resort can be reserved for a wedding party of 94 people including children. Lakeside restaurants serve the area’s famed chicarron de pescado. Only 33 miles from Tepic (Nayarit’s Capital), Santa Maria de Oro is an intriguing start to a long stay in Nayarit and a fresh complement to the destination’s waterfront options.    
Insider Tip: Fly into Tepic and make a pit stop at Emiliano
 Comida y Vino to treat your taste buds with finely prepared Mexican dishes such as Chamorro en Barbacoa and Chile Ancho and Black Sesame Seeds Crusted Tuna Medallion.

SunTawexikta Lugar Del Sol (The Place of the Sun)
Riviera Nayarit is home to four indigenous tribes that still live their traditional lifestyle.  It is possible to visit one tribe, who live in Tawexikta.  Accessible only via a high-bow motorboat, known throughout the region as a panga, and certainly off the beaten path, the Huichol Indian village is called Tawexikta, known as the Place of the Sun. Here, visitors who enjoy experiencing traditional cultures can peek into the lives of the native tribe by witnessing their ritual dances or shopping directly from Huichol women for their intricate artisan work. The Huichol beaded masks, necklaces, animal figures and masks have become a recognizable symbol of Riviera Nayarit.
Insider Tip: For a completely immersive cultural experience, there are a handful of simple cabins available for visitors to spend the night at the Huichol village. Meals prepared by the Huichol included.

Playa NovPlaya Novillero
The longest beach in Mexico, 92 miles of unspoiled coastline, is located at the northernmost point in Riviera Nayarit. Gaze at seemingly perpetual palm trees and hammocks under the shade of palm huts while sipping a beer in solitude. Small beach restaurants serve the region’s famed Sarandeado-style grilled red snapper that is smoky and covered with chili, limes, mustard, and butter.       
Insider Tip: Ideally a day trip from Tepic or San Blas, visitors can stay hydrated by sipping on coconuts fresh off of a burro (donkey) cart.  

Los Toriles 3Los Toriles
The only archeological site in Nayarit open to the public is located just 6 miles from Ixtlan del Rio. Dating from 300-600 BC, it has over 85 buildings although only a few are excavated.  You can see four wide plazas and several palaces. Also, you can explore shaft tombs and temples, including one of the only round temples in Mexico. 


Bellavista 3Bellavista
Quite literally a time capsule, Bellavista was built around a now closed textile factory that was a brick-for-brick replica of its Belgium counterpart. Erected in 1841, this once bustling factory town now shares an eerie glimpse into pre-war Europe and the little known trade roots of Nayarit. It now rests as a historic marker and a beautiful photo opportunity.
Insider Tip: Hang around the factory long enough and you will run into Juan Caña Stephens, a long-time groundskeeper who can recount the history of the building and its importance to this region of Mexico.

Mexcaltitan 3Mexcaltitan
The adventure to Mexcaltitan begins with a 25 minute panga ride through estuaries, islets, coves and mangroves. Thought to be the first home of the Aztecs that founded Tenochtitlán (known today as Mexico City), this island is sometimes referred to as the “Venice of Mexico” due to narrow streets that also serve as canals seasonally. Primarily a shrimping community, shrimp is left to dry on the raised sidewalks to be made into a zesty, mouthwatering variety of dishes and snacks, with many recipes dating back to pre-Hispanic times. A local favorite is the shrimp based Mole – thickened with raw tortilla dough called Taxtihuil.       
Insider Tip: Dried shrimp is crunchy like a tostada and consumed head and all! This small island can only be explored on foot or by boat (seasonally) and the majority of restaurants are unnamed yet serve delicious fresh catch.          

For more information about Riviera Nayarit and its towns, visit
About Riviera Nayarit
Mexico’s newest destination, Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coast framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains just ten minutes north of accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport. The region extends along the entire coast of the Pacific state of Nayarit including the resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic colonial town of San Blas, exclusive Punta Mita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit offers countless activities, such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle release, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine, and the local artwork from the traditional Huichol tribe. Riviera Nayarit is recognized as a “Virtuoso Preferred Destination” and was named by Frommers, Huffington Post, and Oyster in their lists of “Top Destinations” for 2014. The region attracts and satisfies vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of accommodations including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique hotels and quaint B&B inns. For more information, visit or follow Riviera Nayarit's Fan Page on Facebook

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Betty Vázquez, Passionate Ambassador Of The Riviera Nayarit

  • The Chef has participated in 13 events just in 2014, during which she champions the region’s cuisine, and has seven more scheduled before the end of the year. Since she began in 2008 she has participated in 50 events.

Gastronomy is a natural ally for any destination’s tourism promotion—thus Chef Betty Vázquez’s importance as the Gastronomic Ambassador of the Riviera Nayarit. Every year she participates in different events around the world, tirelessly promoting the destination with her timeless “taste of the sea.”

Since 2008 and in collaboration with the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau she has attended more than 50 events representing the region’s cuisine, including festivals, conferences, gastronomic presentations and many others.

In the intervening years she has increased the number of promotional activities to the point that this year she has already participated in 13 activities, with another seven still on her calendar before year’s end.

Monday, October 6, 2014

According To USA Today, The Riviera Nayarit Is Poised To Become Mexico’s Hottest New Destination

  • Thanks to last December’s Eco Luxe FAM trip, organized by the Riviera Nayarit CVB, top travel journalist Mark Rogers—who contributes to one of the United States’ largest print and electronic periodicals, USA Today—published another article where he names the Riviera Nayarit as the country’s newest hot destination.

Mark Rogers, one of the most prestigious freelance travel journalists in the United States—and who is, in fact, a Mexico specialist—has recently published another article about the Riviera Nayarit in the country’s largest news media, USA Today, where he proposes the destination is set to become Mexico’s hottest vacation spot.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau coordinated Mark Rogers’ visit as part of the Eco Luxe FAM trip. Rogers has already published four pieces in USA Today from that one trip.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

#RivieraNayarit Twitter Party Garners Over 120 Million Impacts

  • The increase in our social media followers has been growing exponentially thanks to the successful marketing campaigns implemented by the Riviera Nayarit CVB; this includes an increase in website traffic as well as web sales that can be tracked back to the campaigns.

The results are in after the implementation of several marketing strategies by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) aimed at helping users gain more knowledge and empathy with the brand. With just two Twitter Parties using the hashtag #Riviera Nayarit under their belt—one on May 30th and the second on September 29th—the brand was able to rake in over 120,910,000 impressions.

It was open house at both parties with an open invitation to the world at large to enter into a dialogue on this microblog about the different attributes of the Riviera Nayarit, among them, the Marietas Islands and the “Tail of the Whale” green at the Punta Mita Pacífico Golf Course, as well as its cuisine, its beaches, its many activities, its people and the authenticity of each of its more than 20 microdestinations.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Gastronomy, A Gateway To Tourism

  • Gastronomy is the second element that most attracts tourists; restaurants are in second place among the top attractions of the region, right behind our famous “fun in the sun” attractions.

The importance of gastronomy as a gateway to attract more tourism—new visitors as well as repeat ones—was the topic of conversation from several points of view at the press conference held during the 6th annual Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica event.

Based on information gleaned from tourist interviews taken during surveys conducted by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), tourists chose gastronomy as second only to the “fun in the sun” component of the destination; the restaurants also took second place among the top attractions of the region.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle’s 3rd International Sport Fishing Tournament

  • Over 62 vessels will vie for prizes that include nine cars, sport fishing equipment and marine motors and will generate plenty of excitement from October 15-19, 2014, at the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, the Nautical Capital of the Riviera Nayarit.

The Tepic Sport Fishing Club recently announced the 3rd International Sport Fishing Tournament to be held in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle from October 15-19, 2014, at the Marina Riviera Nayarit, the most modern of its kind in Latin America, located in the Nautical Capital of the Riviera Nayarit.

The official tournament presentation took place in Tepic and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle during press conferences led by Raúl Rodrigo Pérez Hernández, Tourism Secretary for Nayarit, and Carlos Menchaca Díaz del Guante, Council President of the Tepic Sport Fishing Club, as well as other public figures.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

South America Embraces Vallarta-Nayarit

  • The joint campaign’s grand South American Road Show toured Argentina, Chile and Peru, training, updating and informing over 500 travel agents, reservations agents and the media in those three countries.

Argentina, Chile and Peru welcomed the Vallarta-Nayarit joint campaign with open arms during the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus visit to South America, accompanied by the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB).

During the 10-day visit the team strengthened its presence in South America, updating and informing over 500 travel agents, reservations agents and the media in all three countries.

From September 15-19, 180 agents were trained in the cities of Buenos Aires, Cordoba and Rosario in Argentina. Another 25 reservations agents and 8 operators were also trained, all of which are helping to promote the destination.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Patron Saint Feasts In Full Swing In San Pancho

  • San Pancho, the cultural capital of the Riviera Nayarit, is celebrating the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi by organizing several sports, religious, artistic, and cultural activities; the standout among these was a Huichol mural made entirely of bottle caps. 

Once again, the community of San Pancho—the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit—displays its spirit of commitment and organization, this time by celebrating the Patron Saint Feasts for St. Francis of Assisi.

From Friday, September 26 through October 4, 2014, the festivities will be held at the Plaza del Sol and the town will be filled with activities that range from sports to religious, artistic and cultural. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Seminars Reinforced Promotional Efforts In Canada

  • 140 travel agents participated in the events in Toronto and Montreal, Canada, a country that continues to increase the number of tourists that it sends to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.

The promotional activities of the Vallarta-Nayarit joint campaign are still in full swing, with cocktails and seminars held in Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec, on the 17th and 18th of September.

The Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus collaborated with the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB), informing Canadians about the fantastic recovery this market has had within the region, news the Canadian agents received to great acclaim.

There were a total of 60 travel agents in Montreal and 80 in Toronto, all of whom participated in the cocktails and seminars in both cities to be updated on the latest news from both the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Vallarta-Nayarit Promoted At MLT University In The United States

  • For three days, over 2,000 travel agents from all over the US received updates regarding the joint campaign; several agents confirmed they already had sold both destinations for the upcoming season.

The continuous promotional work undertaken by the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors bureaus, especially during the time leading up to the winter high season, was very much in evidence in Minneapolis, MN, specifically at the MLT University event that took place from September 13-15 of this year.

This is the 20th year this particular tourism event takes place; it was created by MLT Vacations, one of the United States’ largest tour operators with world coverage.

Over 15 states participated in this activity, represented in the more than 2,000 travel agents that were trained and updated on the Vallarta-Nayarit joint campaign.