Annual trade event will showcase Nayarit’s new tourism campaign, including all areas of the state

Nayarit, Mexico – January 20, 2023 – Gala Riviera Nayarit & Puerto Vallarta, the leading travel and tourism industry event in Mexico’s Pacific Coast, now on this 28th edition, will take place on Thursday, February 16th, and Friday, February 17th in Nayarit’s VIDANTA convention center.

The event aims to foster networking opportunities between international and national wholesalers and operators and the local infrastructure of the state of Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. This includes two days of pre-established B2B appointments, property site visits, events, media interviews, meeting planner visits, and a special tour of the state by a delegation of Mexican Consulates which now oversee Mexico’s tourism promotions.

This year, the trade event will be hosted by the state of Nayarit and the state’s Ministry of Tourism, headed by Juan Enrique Suárez del Real Tostado, and will also be part of the state’s new promotional campaign which aims to enhance tourism to the Riviera Nayarit and expand tourism to the entire state via its cultural and historical offerings.

“The state of Nayarit offers its visitors the ability to enjoy the luxury properties of the Riviera Nayarit and the authentic experiences of the many towns spread across the state, including our Pueblos Magicos and the connection with the Huichol and our agave fields,” said Juan Enrique Suárez del Real Tostado, Minister of Tourism for the State of Nayarit. “The state offers four distinct regions and archipelagos, which have the perfect characteristics for outdoor activities, adventure tourism, eco-tourism, and cultural tourism.”

Some of the topics the Ministry will be promoting are its infrastructure with many new properties expected to open in 2023 and the expansion of its airport (TPQ), Costa Canuva’s Lorena Ochoa and Greg Norman-design golf course, and Mandarina’s eco-friendly Polo Club.

Nayarit is a big fishing destination and many guests charter boats to take them out to sea for the day, some adding visits to local islands or simply lounging on a yacht. Those visiting local mercados can buy from the local fishermen and local farmers. One example, Nayarit is big in mango production from May to September, an ideal time to taste fresh mangos.

Other undiscovered options include hiking volcanoes such as Ceboruco and Sanganguey; visiting the Laguna de Santa Maria del Oro, a crater lake that changes colors throughout the year; or seeing the coffee plantation in Cumbres de Huicicila, which produces a high-altitude coffee of the best quality.

For Indigenous culture, travelers can head into the foothills of the Sierra Madre and up 3,000 feet to visit the historic city of Compostela, before reaching a small Huichol Indian village with a population of only 130 Indigenous people. The Huichol Indian is renowned because they managed to maintain their unique culture, pre-Columbian traditions, and way of life for centuries: through the fall of the Aztec empire, the Spanish Invasion, and now, the modern world.

On the Marias Islands, the former jail, which closed in 2019, will now be open to the public. The islands are also ideal for nature lovers: In 2010 they were designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve, a specially protected biodiverse region. Travelers can enjoy birdwatching, diving, surfing, and snorkeling.


Gustavo Rivas-Solis

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