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By Patricia Alisau
Travel Age West

Riviera Nayarit is growing by leaps and bounds, with more than 13,000 hotel rooms and plenty of meetings and convention space

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When Mexico’s government planners were looking for the next Cancun, they pinpointed a Pacific coastal region just north of Puerto Vallarta that, at one time, was better known for whale watching than anything else. They decided to take a chance, betting that this area — which stretches nearly 200 miles past Banderas Bay — would be as successful as the Caribbean coast resort that pulls in a quarter of all foreign travelers to Mexico.

Putting muscle behind the plan, the government named the area the Riviera Nayarit and started the ball rolling. In a mere couple of years, Riviera Nayarit has not only become one of Mexico’s fastest-growing tourist destinations but also a magnet for hotels catering to business and leisure groups.

Riviera Nayarit currently boasts more than 13,000 hotel rooms, most located in swank resorts and exceptional all-inclusive properties along pristine stretches of beach. High-tech installations, which include wireless Internet access, voice and data transmission, the latest audio visual equipment, translation services, video conference capabilities and versatile meeting spaces for groups of all sizes is the crowning point of meetings facilities. In addition, U.S. planners will be able to partner with experienced professionals in coordinating theme parties or dinners.

Tourism officials estimate that about 20 percent of the coast has been developed so far and that hotel rooms will increase by several thousand in the near future.

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