Riviera Nayarit’s $200 Million Tourism Industry Continues to Grow

Punta Mita, Mexico
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Following a successful 2017, the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau recently broke down the hotel openings and other tourism news we can expect from the destination in 2018 and beyond.

Here’s what we learned.

What’s in Store for 2018

The second half of 2018 will welcome Costa Canuva CIP, a luxury development project underway that will eventually be home to five new hotels, adding more than 7,000 guest rooms to the destination and featuring the region’s first Fairmont Hotels & Resorts property, which is slated to open this year. 

The seaside community will be located on more than 550 acres and will also feature a beachfront village with 2,500 residential units. 

In addition to a golf course designed by Lorena Ochoa and Greg Norman, Costa Canuva will offer more than four miles of shoreline and beaches.

2019 and Beyond

2019 is expected to bring additional new developments, according to the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau. Grupo Vidanta will open Mexico’s first Cirque du Soleil Theme Park, an immersive water and nature park that will offer evening shows and capacity for up to 5,000 spectators. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will debut Rosewood Mandarina, offering 130 guest rooms, suites and villas and common areas with decor inspired by the local, pre-historic Huichole and Cora cultures.

Also set to debut are the second stage of the Grand Sirenis Matlali beachfront development adding 140 suites, a 300-room Iberostar property in Litibu, and two Punta de Mita properties, including Auberge Resort Collection’s Susurros del Corazon and Conrad Hotels & Resorts’ redesign of the former La Tranquila Resort, Conrad Playa Mita.

Debuting in the final quarter of the year, One&Only Mandarina will feature one of the world’s first collections of One&Only branded residences, One&Only Mandarina Private Homes, which will debut alongside One&Only Mandarina Resort, Rosewood Residences and Rosewood Mandarina, as well as the Mandarina Polo and Equestrian Club, which includes polo grounds, dressage and jumping arenas and stables.

In 2020, AMResorts is set to open Dreams Punta de Mita Resort and Spa and Secrets Punta de Mita Resort & Spa in Riviera Nayarit.

2017 in Review

In 2017, the destination experienced a widely successful year in terms of tourism, with revenue and occupancy reaching new heights and several developments launching, according to the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

The trend is set to continue as several renowned hotel brands are scheduled to debut new properties in the destination through 2020.

In 2017, tourism generated nearly $200 million in revenue. Riviera Nayarit maintained a hotel occupancy above 80 percent throughout the year, peaking at 87.4 percent in July. Also, four-star properties reported occupancies above 94 percent.

In February, Krystal Grand Hotels & Resorts debuted the new Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta, a 480-room, all-inclusive luxury resort in Nuevo Vallarta. The hotel also offers one of the largest convention centers in the city, and can host up to 1,000 people.

In December, Grupo Autofin Monterrey inaugurated the Grand Sirenis Matlali Hills Resort & Spa, which is set atop a mountain in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

Marival Group also expanded its offerings in the area, debuting MozzaMare Casual Beach Gourmet, a luxurious all-inclusive beachfront property created for guests of Marival Residences Luxury Resorts.

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