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La-mano-de-Bill-Gates-en-Four-Seasons-Punta-Mita-400x300The hotel will have one of the best spas in Mexico and they will substitute the traditional lobby for a Sunset Bar.

Now that Cascade Investment, owned by Bill Gates, has purchased the Four Seasons Punta Mita, the resident manager of the hotel, José Adames, is ready to share the news on what’s next for this exquisite resort.
There are two main projects on the table: one of the best spas in Mexico and a Sunset Bar in place of the traditional lobby.
“The first project will be the spa, as it’s something that had already been started under the previous owners,” said Adames. “The current owner, Mr. Gates, is convinced that the area should be completely redone. We’d like to finish it by 2014 and begin the holiday season by opening one of the best spas in all of Mexico.”
The start date is tentatively set for April for completion in November; the investment will be between four and six million dollars.
Another distinctive feature of this multi-million dollar upgrade will be the transformation of the traditional lobby into a Sunset Bar, which will give the Four Seasons Punta Mita the distinction of being the first and only hotel in this worldwide chain to have no reception area and no concierge.
“All of the interactions will be highly personalized, centered around the guest in the lobby chairs; we’ll be getting rid of those ‘reception desk’ barriers that have been an integral part of every hotel since the beginning of time,” explained the Resident Manager.
The project is currently in the planning and design phase; the proposed start date is sometime during the summer but nothing has been set as of yet, as the purchase transaction itself still needs to be finalized. This part of the project will see a three million dollar investment.
This hotel in Punta Mita, part of a very prestigious chain founded by Canadian Isadore Sharp, has kept its high standards of quality and service during the ten years that it has enjoyed its special Five Diamond category.
“There’s no doubt this has been a great success for the Riviera Nayarit,” said Adames. “We hope that it will focus more attention on this area and encourage other investors to have increased confidence in our destination.”

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  • The project will incur an investment of 100 million Mexican pesos and begin in 2015 with a tentative end date of 2016, seeking to trigger the tourism development of the Historic Port of San Blas in the Riviera Nayarit.

Via a press release, the Director of the Maritime and Port Authority, Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa, announced plans for the construction of a boardwalk (malecón) in San Blas, Riviera Nayarit. This will facilitate the development of nautical tourism and both recreational and sports activities and will spur economic growth.

He stated the work would commence next year and conclude in early 2016; it will incur an approximate investment of 100 million Mexican pesos.

Ruiz de Teresa also added the project includes a boardwalk and complementary structures, including four docks, a loading ramp and several sports installations such as a beach volleyball court and play areas.

The boardwalk will be located on the seafront extending from the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar) to the Fueling Dock along one side of the Fonatur building, which houses the offices of Mexico’s national trust for the promotion of tourism.

According to the Director of the Maritime and Port Authority, the boardwalk will be 300 meters long, 850 of which will be set aside for an 8-meter wide avenue, with 450 meters reserved as a pedestrian walkway.


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Logos1The largest travel agency in Brazil, SubMarino Viagens and several Brazilian media representatives will be arriving via Aeroméxico Airlines on a FAM trip coordinated by the Riviera Nayarit CVB and the Brazilian office of the MTB.

Aeroméxico Airlines is currently taking the largest Brazilian OTA, SubMarino Viagens, as well as several members of the Brazilian communications media, on a short promotional tour through Mexico.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will coordinate their visit to Mexico’s Pacific Treasure from August 27-29, in order to give them the grand tour of the destination’s best attractions.

This activity is part of an arrangement by the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) in Brazil; the tour includes Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta, among others.

The SubMarino Viagens OTA reports over 6 million monthly visits to its website, with over 30 page views per visit; 34% of its readers are 35 to 49 years old and 29% are between 25 and 34 years old.

The agency has over 2.3 million likes on its Facebook page and its Twitter account has over 124k followers; it also boasts over 29 million television subscribers on pay and satellite TV.

The five Brazilian communications media specializing in tourism and travel enjoying the FAM trip are: Brasil Travel News with a circulation of 40 thousand issues per month; the Revista Viajar Pelo Mundo with an equal circulation; MSN with 7 million unique monthly visitors and IG with 3.5 million unique monthly visitors.

The visitors will tour the Marietas Islands, one of the Riviera Maya’s iconic attractions; the “hippie chic” town of Sayulita, also known as the area’s Surf Capital; San Francisco, or San Pancho, called the Riviera’s Cultural Capital; and finally, La Cruz the Huanacaxtle, the Nautical Capital of the Riviera and its cutting-edge Marina Riviera Nayarit, the most modern marina in all of the Mexican Pacific.


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Romero, Foster and Peña Nieto. (Photo credit: Mexico’s Presidency)

Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim gave a vote of confidence to the embattled government of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto by unveiling plans to invest nearly $4 billion in key areas of his business empire in 2015: telecommunications, infrastructure, energy, real estate, retail, construction and mining.

As he starts his third year in office, Peña Nieto’s popularity ratings have slumped to some of the lowest levels in recent memory, new polls showed on Monday, amid growing popular outrage over violence and corruption.

In a brief statement Monday, Grupo Carso, the global conglomerate controlled by Slim, announced the investment plan, without giving details of specific projects. However, Grupo Carso is part of a consortium of Mexican construction companies planning to compete for a $9.16 billion new international airport project in Mexico City. In September, Peña Nieto announced that British architect Norman Foster and Mexican architect Fernando Romero, one of Slim’s son-in-laws, won the bidding for the design of the gigantic new futuristic, spider-shaped airport. Seen as Peña Nieto’s crown jewel infrastructure project, the biding for construction of the airport will begin soon. Grupo Carso is considered a strong competitor.

Energy is also an area where Grupo Carso is expected to expand its investments. Last year, Mexico approved the most far-reaching oil reform in 75 years, opening up Mexico’s $95 billion-a-year oil industry to private capital.

Slim is poised to take advantage of the opening. In the past years, he has been increasing his presence in the energy sector not only in Mexico but also in South America and the United States. Servicios Integrales GSM, Swecomex, and Infraestructura y Construcción, are companies owned or controlled by Slim that already supply drilling and oil-platform services to Mexico’s state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the world’s second largest non-publicly listed company by total market value and 7th by reserves and production.

In the press release, Grupo Carso said it had adhered to the operating principles of efficiency, competitiveness, investment and commitment to the markets it operates in since its founding. The company also has “health, nutrition, education, research, environmental, cultural, sports and social justice” that it supports to help society, Grupo Carso added.

Grupo Carso is one of Latin America’s largest conglomerates. Slim also controls América Móvil, the telecommunications giant that operates in 18 countries and serves more than 260 million customers.

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  • Representatives from six British media titles toured the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta in order to take back with them information that will generate over 70 million impressions with just one published story each.

The consistent efforts by the Public Relations department of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) together with the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) continue with this most recent FAM trip for the British press.

For one week starting on June 13th reporters from the UK were able to tour both destinations, amassing information on this tourism region that will eventually make its way to the European market.

The main objective of the trip is to maximize the exposure of both destinations within the British market and its environs. It was organized around a group of six top British media and their combined reach, which will surpass 70 million positive impressions.

Participating media and their combined Unique Monthly Visits (UMV) include: Travel Weekly UK (Circ. 14,572), Mirror Online (65,508,400 UMV) Good Housekeeping Online (570,000 UMV), Chelsea Monthly (Circ. 150,000), Yahoo! UK (5,446,970 UMV), and New Magazine (Circ. 310,190).

The variety of participating media was chosen in order to reach different market segments in one trip.

Mirror Online is part of the largest paper in the UK, Daily Mirror, with an enormous reach. Travel Weekly is a tourism-oriented publication; Good Housekeeping Online is the UK’s top-selling monthly women’s lifestyle title; and Yahoo! UK is a wide-reaching information source with a diverse audience.

This is another example of how the Riviera Nayarit CVB and Puerto Vallarta’s Fidetur continue to invest wisely in foreign media promotion, ensuring the gastronomy, the luxurious hotel infrastructure, the spa services, the ecotourism activities, the adventure and the traditional Mexican culture that dominate the region will all serve to encourage ever-growing numbers of visitors from the UK in the upcoming months.


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The public relations efforts set into action by the Riviera Nayarit in Brazil have directly and indirectly generated exposure in that country’s media.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s public relations efforts have had the proverbial snowball effect by generating excellent direct or indirect exposure in Brazilian publications.

Some of the most recent articles about the Riviera Nayarit in the Brazilian media have been a result of the FAM trips, which not only guarantee publication in the media those visitors represent, but also motivate other media to write about Mexico’s Pacific Treasure.

Proof positive can be found in the case of Luciana Franca, writer for Luxo magazine, who visited the destination as a guest of the CVB. Then there’s Karina Oliani, hostess from the TV station OFF, part of Rede Globo, who had never visited the destination. Both published excellent articles on the Riviera Nayarit.

www.Luxo.ig.com.br specializes in travel, luxury, trends, style, gastronomy, shopping and more. This is where Luciana published the article named “10 posibles lujos en la Riviera Nayarit, Mexico” (“10 Possible Luxuries in the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.”)

Karina Oliana, considered an opinion leader in travel matters, promoted the destination on her TV show, on her personal social media accounts and on her website.

Rede Globo has a daily audience in Brazil of more than 185 viewers per day. It’s considered the second largest media conglomerate in the world and the largest of its kind in Latin America.

Karina, who is also a doctor, announced the Riviera Nayarit will be the next destination she’ll visit, which surely means she will once again publish more about our destination’s bounty.

These are the tangible results of the synergy that takes place with the public relations, the promotions and the marketing efforts directed towards Brazil.

Below please find the links to the above-mentioned content:


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agentesdeviajeBThe Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta CVBs jointly hosted a FAM trip for 32 travel agents from England, Wales and Scotland the first week of December in order to promote the destinations within the UK market.

A FAM trip for a group of travel agents from England, Wales and Scotland took place the first week of December as part of the continuing efforts by the PR offices of the Riviera Nayarit and the Puerto Vallarta convention and visitors’ offices to promote the destinations in the UK.

A few weeks ago, the “Vallarta-Nayarit, Live it to believe it” campaign—spearheaded by the Mexico Tourism Board—was presented during the World Travel Mart in London. These activities are all linked in an effort to attract more of this captive market.

The 32 UK travel agents had the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the destinations’ natural marvels and experience their fantastic hotel infrastructure but, most of all, they were able to experience the warmth of the citizens of both Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit, all thanks to the work of tour operator Tui, key to the organization of the FAM trip.

On the agenda were several hotel site inspections at both destinations, including Canto del Sol, Secrets, Villa Premier, Buenaventura, Now Amber and Krystal in Puerto Vallarta; as well as Dreams Villa Magna, Royal Decameron, Iberostar, Grand Palladium, Riu Hotels, Marival Club and Suites and the Hard Rock in the Riviera Nayarit.

In order to get to know more about the recreational activities visitors can enjoy during their visit while in Puerto Vallarta, the agents took a zip line tour with Canopy River, they visited the old mining town of San Sebastian, had a great evening during the Ritmos de la Noche presentation and, during their free time, went shopping in the charming historic center.

In the Riviera Nayarit they started their tour in San Pancho, where they visited the “Entre Amigos” community center, where the founder of this organization, Nicole Swedlow, met with them in person and even invited them to join in the community work, which they took to with gusto.

They finished off in style with a visit to the hippie chic town of Sayulita, where they toured, ate chocolate bananas and either took paddle surfing lessons or went shopping. Their favorite stop: a delicious lunch at Don Pedros Restaurant.

Truth is, they fell in love with the natural beauty of the beaches and the scenery, as well as the first class service offered by the hotels at both destinations, and happily concluded that it would sell quickly and very well.

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Germany's BMW AG (BMWG.DE) will unveil this week plans to build a new factory in Mexico, a government official said, as the company seeks to meet growing demand for premium cars.

News of the factory comes just days after BMW's German rival, Daimler, announced similar plans, and adds to a growing list of companies plowing money into car making in Mexico.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the Mexican official said the plant would likely amount to an investment of at least 1 billion euros ($1.36 billion) and would be located either in Hidalgo state north of Mexico City or San Luis Potosi in central Mexico.

A spokesman for Munich-based BMW said earlier on Monday that "a decision will be made public" on July 3.

BMW declined to comment further.

A new factory in Mexico would come on top of BMW's plans to invest $1 billion to expand capacity by 50 percent at its plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

BMW Chief Executive Norbert Reithofer said last week that the Bavarian carmaker was still deliberating about where to locate a new factory and would reach a decision before the summer break.

Premium auto makers BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz are expanding global production as their factories in Germany struggle to meet strong demand for off-road vehicles and limousines in the United States and Asia.

Supplier sources said BMW had already mapped out a production timetable for Mexico, with a tentative plan to begin assembly in late 2017, ramping up annual capacity to 200,000 by 2020.

On Friday, Daimler AG (DAIGn.DE) and Renault Nissan (RENA.PA) (7201.T) said they would invest 1 billion euros ($1.36 billion) to develop small cars and build a factory in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Manufacturing in Mexico allows European car makers to sell vehicles in the United States while avoiding some of the currency and tariff costs that crimp profits on imports. Mexico also offers lower labor costs than Germany and the United States.

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, Nissan Motor Co, Honda Motor Co (7267.T), Mazda Motor Corp (7261.T) and Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) already have large auto plants in Mexico.

At around $2.50 an hour, manufacturing wages in the country are nearly 20 percent cheaper than in China, according to a Bank of America study. That study put U.S. manufacturing wages at just under $20 an hour, on average.

German car makers' overall output is set to rise for the fifth year in 2014, driven by overseas production, German auto industry association VDA has said.

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abrasilagentesStarwood Group teamed up with Aeroméxico to promote this FAM trip with luxury travel agencies from Brazil that had already sold our destinations.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) took part in the FAM trip put together by the Starwood Group and Aeroméxico to promote the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta among six Brazilian luxury travel agencies from December 10 – 14.
All of these agencies are major producers of luxury travel and most have already sent clients to the destination; now that they know the destination for themselves, they will be able to send over even more couples and families. 75 percent of these agencies are in the Virtuoso network, an indicator of the quality of their customer base.
Araci Barroso Mello of Faro Turismo, Joana Sofia Nunes from Alatur, Carolina Lopes from Monumento Turismo, Deyves Dias from GSP Travel, Gabriel Leite from Teresa Perez, Rosana Barres from Queensbery were our guests under the guidance of Aeroméxico’s Karina Nascimento and Starwood’s Camila Julliao.
Among the many activities they enjoyed at the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort were three of the hotel’s signature rituals, two of them emblematic of the Punta Mita property—the Tequila Ritual and the Fish of the Day Ritual—as well as the Champagne Ritual, performed in St. Regis properties around the world.
As for culinary pursuits, the St. Regis Punta Mita pampered the agents with an haute cuisine tasting in Carolina, their 5-star restaurant. The Riviera Nayarit CVB also took them to Don Pedro’s in Sayulita, where they couldn’t leave without tasting the famous chocobananas.
When it comes to luxury, relaxation is key. To that end, they enjoyed a SPA treatment at Reméde Spa and a beachfront yoga session.
During their visit to Puerto Vallarta they stayed at the Westin Resorts & SPA. They toured the Cuale River Island, the Romantic Zone, the public art displays on the boardwalk by the sea, the Cerro and the art galleries.
As usual, the Marietas Islands were a must for the Riviera Nayarit; they also took part in the Marine Safari headed by Punta Mita Expeditions and visited the Pacífica and Bahía golf courses in Punta Mita, which left them speechless.
The promotion to Brazil is constant and directed at different segments; visits from guests from this Amazonian country are expected to be on the rise, as attested by early numbers.