WHY IT RATES: The Riviera Nayarit offers tax incentives, natural beauty and numerous accommodation options, which all work to create an ideal destination for groups. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer
Riviera Nayarit, located along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, is fast becoming a top choice for meeting planners seeking their next convention destination. With dozens of high-end hotels and versatile meeting spaces, zero percent value-added tax (VAT) making for a 16 percent savings on a convention as well as its convenient airline connections to major North American cities, it’s easy to see why the destination is becoming a favored option for the MICE segment.
With more than 15,000 hotel rooms, 200 miles of coastline, and more than 168,388 square feet of versatile and state of the art meeting facilities, all serviced by meeting professionals, gourmet caterers and other hospitality specialists, Riviera Nayarit offers an array of options rarely seen in beachfront destinations. Whether looking for an intimate upscale board meeting venue, a fun incentive trip or bonding experience for your top salespeople, or a large corporate convention, Riviera Nayarit has you covered.
Pricing is a major consideration for many meeting planners, and the variety of budget-satisfying options means Riviera Nayarit is ideal and accessible to companies within a broad spectrum of industries. In addition to the range of pricing plans, Mexico’s 0 percent VAT option for exhibitions and conventions that are arranged for foreign companies amounts to a 16 percent discount. The tax exclusion can also be applied to set up fees, food and beverage, decor, audio-visual and many other aspects beyond the rental space adding to the overall savings when comparing destinations.
Numerous AAA Four- and Five-Diamonds winning hotels in the area offer event space, accommodating everything from the most intimate board meeting to conventions of thousands of people flying in from across the globe. Among the various choices is the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, one of the region’s most upscale districts. The hotel boasts 173 rooms and its two ballrooms cover nearly 7,000 square feet and can accommodate nearly 750 convention goers, depending on the arrangements. The Hard Rock Hotel, a fun choice for conventions in Nuevo Vallarta, has two ballrooms with over 19,000 square feet of meeting space accommodating up to over 2,000 people.
Several top hotels are adjacent to the 16,000-square-foot convention center in Nuevo Vallarta, which can accommodate up to 2,400 people. These include the Vidanta´s Five Diamonds Grand Luxxe with 939 guestrooms and the Four Diamonds Grand Mayan with 789 guestrooms. Several other luxury properties nearby for additional guests and meeting spaces allow flexibility as conventions and expos expand over several days. One of the largest properties in the Riviera Nayarit area is the Reflect Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta, which features an impressive ballroom and over 15,000 square feet of meeting space. Other properties to consider for conventions include Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Dreams Villa Magna, Marival Resort & Marival Residences Luxury Resort, Paradise Village Beach Resort Nuevo Vallarta, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, Iberostar and many more.
The excitement of a convention, incentive trip or other gathering in Riviera Nayarit extends far beyond the meeting space and hotel room. Few locations can beat Riviera Nayarit’s beach and water sports activities. These fun adventures include surfing, sailing, and some of Mexico’s best deep-sea fishing along its Pacific Coast. Land lovers will not be disappointed either with a bevy of attractions, many highlighting the region’s natural beauty, from bird watching to polo and horseback riding, and especially golfing, with several courses offering stunning views of Banderas Bay, the Pacific and the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Riviera Nayarit offers easy connections to most major U.S. and Canadian cities, through two major airports. Riviera Nayarit begins just a few minutes north of the Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), which is serviced by 250 international and national flights per week. The region extends to about 40 minutes west of the Tepic International Airport on its northern border. Aeromexico, Air Canada, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United, West Jet and Volaris are just a few of many airlines offering flights to these airports.
Riviera Nayarit is the perfect destination for companies across all industries and budgets to host their next meeting or event. Whether a small gathering for executives and salespeople, or a massive convention, the flexible budget friendly options and VAT savings, natural setting, sports and water activities ensure a meeting here will be one participants long remember.
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