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Fairmont Expands in Mexico With New Hotel and Residential Development in the Riviera Nayarit

Fairmont Costa Canuva will be the centerpiece of a gorgeous new beachfront village along the pristine and increasingly popular Riviera Nayarit

Luxury hotel operator Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Mota-Engil Tourismo today announced the development of a new 250-room luxury hotel and additional private residences along the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.

The sparkling new Fairmont Costa Canuva is slated to open in late 2018 and will reside within the new master-planned seaside community, “COSTA CANUVA”, on the Riviera Nayarit. The Costa Canuva development is set along miles of pristine beach, just north of Punta Mita and approximately 40 miles north of Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

Costa Canuva, with more than 4.3 miles of shoreline and 630 acres of beach, estuary and mountains, will offer five hotels, including the Fairmont, and will be ideal for all types of travelers. It will also present residential ownership opportunities within the beachfront village with 2,500 residential units, including some designed by the renowned Artigas Arquitectos firm.

The development will also have an exclusive golf course designed by Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa, with this being the first course created by the Mexican golfing champion. Two of the holes will present spectacular sea views to guarantee an unforgettable playing experience. Furthermore, an extensive list of activities will be available at Costa Canuva. Families will be able to experience a blend of sea and mountain and enjoy paddle surfing, more than 20 kilometers of cycling tracks designed by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), and a canopy park including ziplines, among others.

These will come together as part of a masterful design to respect and enjoy the beauty and luxury of the venue, as is a tradition in projects overseen by famed urban planner, Mario Lazo.
“We are delighted to be at the forefront of establishing the new Costa Canuva community in this thriving and beautiful region,” said Kevin Frid, president, Americas for Fairmont’s parent company, FRHI Hotels & Resorts. “From the Riviera Maya to the Riviera Nayarit, we are positioning Fairmont to deliver our unique brand of luxury and genuine hospitality at Mexico’s most sought-after destinations.”

The Riviera Nayarit stretches for 51,800 hectares along the Pacific Ocean and offers a coastal lifestyle similar to that of California, while sharing the same latitude as Hawaii, providing a temperate yet tropical climate that can be enjoyed all 365 days of the year. Costa Canuva will provide access to sailing, surfing, fishing expeditions, a PGA-level golf course and pristine beaches. It will also add to the offering that led Condé Nast Traveller UK to name the Riviera Nayarit as one of its 10 Destinations To Watch in 2015.

Fairmont Costa Canuva will join its sister property, Fairmont Mayakoba located in the Riviera Maya region, and expand Fairmont’s growing portfolio of highly sought after luxury vacation resorts around the world. The Fairmont Costa Canuva will also feature Fairmont-branded residences for those who wish to make their stay in Mexico more permanent. As primary dwellings or getaway retreats, these whole and fractional ownership homes can be enjoyed all year long and will become a legacy for generations to come.

The development of the Costa Canuva village represents a $1.8 billion USD investment in the region’s economy and is expected to create 6,000 direct jobs and 18,000 thousand indirect jobs locally. The project is being spearheaded by Portugal’s Mota-Engil, one of the largest construction and infrastructure management companies in Europe and the only Portuguese company in the World’s Top 100 Construction Companies, according to Engineering News-Record.
“We are thrilled that Fairmont has joined us in this exciting journey to share the paradise of Costa Canuva with the rest of the world,” said Rafael Lang, CEO of Mota-Engil Tourism. “Our goal is to create a true community, integrating our beachfront village with residential neighborhoods, golf course and lagoons. Not only do we look forward to welcoming international visitors to this wonderful region, but we are excited to create new opportunities for domestic tourists and the local people of the Riviera Nayarit.”

Fairmont Costa Canuva will feature 250 guestrooms and suites, including 40 Fairmont Gold rooms and Fairmont branded residences. It will also boast more than 22,000 square feet of meeting and event space, six restaurants and bars, an expansive outdoor swimming pool and a spectacular Willow Stream Spa encompassing nearly 13,000 square feet. A center for children and young adults, providing creative and active activities, will appeal to holidaying families.

As well as attracting luxury travelers and adventurous sun-seekers, the Fairmont Costa Canuva will benefit from its close proximity to the Sanctuary Convention Center, making it an ideal venue for corporate groups, conferences and social events.

About Fairmont

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic hotels in the world, including The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company that operates more than 130 hotels and branded residential properties under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. For more information or reservations, please visit
About Mota-Engil
The Mota-Engil group has flourished over the last 70 years, marked by a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in its ongoing quest for new horizons.

Mota-Engil is a multinational and diversified business group with highly recognized know-how throughout the construction and infrastructure management value chain. As a leader in Portugal and ranked among the 30 most important European companies in the construction sector, Mota-Engil is present in 3 continents and 22 countries across Europe, Africa and Latin America. It participates in more than 200 companies around the world while maintaining the same standards of rigor, quality and capacity that have distinguished it throughout its history.

Tianguis Turistico 2016 (Mexico’s Largest Tourism Conference) to be held April 25-28 in Guadalajara

The 41st Edition of Tianguis Turístico  will take place from April 25th – 28th in Guadalajara, Mexico. Tianguis Turístico is a world-recognized, highly professional and dynamic event which showcases each of Mexico’s exciting destinations, as well as its diverse offering of tourism products and services. banner_downloads The main objective of the Tianguis Turistico Mexico, is to encourage the promotion and marketing of Mexico’s tourism products and services, to allow Mexico to increase the flow of visitors from domestic and international markets, thereby showing the products, the offering and the diversity in regard to tourism that Mexico has to offer to the world. Tianguis Turistico Mexico is an important platform for the promotion of and business for Mexico with domestic and international buyers interacting, under the same roof for three days. The  entire Mexican tourism industry will be represented including: • Sun and Beaches • Culture • Luxury • Business • Adventure Tianguis Turístico Mexico 2016 will be celebrating its 41st edition. Please feel free to visit periodically for ongoing updated news on the conference and scheduled events.

Mexico’s Craft beer producers will hold the first “RisingHop 2015” microbrew festival in Puerto Vallarta, at Parota Park on November 20 and 21

Mexico’s Craft beer producers will hold the first “RisingHop 2015” microbrew festival in Puerto Vallarta, at Parota Park on November 20 and 21, from 11 AM – 11 PM.

hop mexThe aim is to promote the culture of craft beer that has been growing in the country, responsible consumption and family life, said Jose Armando Alvarado, organizer of the festival.  ‘It’s a good opportunity for people from neighboring states like Guanajuato, Michoacán, San Luis Potosi, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, Colima and Jalisco itself, to visit Puerto Vallarta and enjoy Mexico’s growing beer craft,” said Alvarado.

He noted that in Puerto Vallarta there are a variety of attractions, as it is renowned not only for its beaches and its wide variety of culinary styles, but also for the warmth and friendliness of the people in Vallarta.

The first festival will feature 5 pavilions that offer, in addition to beer and food tasting, art, entertainment and activities for visitors of all ages. In total there will be more than 10 craft beer stands offering local, national, and international brews, and 10 food vendors offering traditional regional cuisine and international foods.
RisingHop 2015 festival in Puerto Vallarta will include live music from local and national bands from electronic, jazz, blues, and rock.
The pavilions will also host a variety of crafts from the region, such as handicrafts, jams, organic honey, bags, dresses, jewelry, bread, and more.

For this festival, the participation of breweries Brewing Los Muertos in Puerto Vallarta, The Terrible, Brewery Colima, five brands from Michoacán Brewers Association, plus imported Belgian beer through The Beer Box.

Friends of Puerto Vallarta Pet Animals and Purr Project, which will be present in publicizing their work and raising awareness to people about caring for their pets. A portion of the entrance fee will be donated to the two associations.

The entry fee to RisingHop 2015 is 100 pesos and will include a full pint or two tastings and bracelet.

For people who come with family, there will be a nursery and playroom that will give small workshops, which will help kids develop their motor and mental skills by experienced psychologists.
Official website of event.


Travellers can claim back 8.9% of the total spend shopping, refund is deposited directly to their credit cards

Vancouver, Canada (September 09, 2015)- For many Canadians all is the perfect time of the year to plan a Winter family getaway. This year there are two more reasons why Canadians should choose Mexico. First of all, Canadian dollar has held its value against Mexican peso at an average rate of $12.60 pesos per dollar. Secondly, Canadians can now get a sales tax-refund of 8.9% of the total they spend while in Mexico. This means that regardless of your destination, vacationing in Mexico is more affordable than ever.

For a short period of time Danielle Van Der Kwartel, General Director of MONEYBACK, is in Canada to talk about how Canadians can get their money back when shopping in Mexico and instructing travel agents on how to assist their clients before leaving Canada.

MONEYBACK, Mexico’s leading tax-refund company, offers shoppers a guilt-free shopping experience by refunding 8.9% of the total amount they spend when traveling to Mexico. Items including jewelry, clothes, electronics, alcohol and handcrafts among others are eligible for a refund. Receiving your money back is fast and convenient. Filling out the forms takes only a few minutes and it can be done at the convenience of the airport or cruise port. To receive their refund, Canadian travelers must follow the next easy steps:

Shop at any of the 6,000 participating stores, including Costco, Sears, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Nine West, Diamonds International, MAC, Kenneth Cole and many more. (For all the affiliated stores visit:

When paying with a credit card spend a minimum of $1,200 pesos (approx. $93.00 CAD). If you are paying with cash there is no minimum required but purchases are limited to $3,000 pesos (approx. $232 CAD USD)

Save your invoices

Submit your invoices along with the shopping incentive refund form, credit card vouchers, copy of your passport, cruise ID or immigration form and boarding pass at any of MONEYBACK’s 55 service locations found at airports and cruise ports

Receive your 8.9% refund directly in your credit card less than 45 days after submitting your invoices
MONEYBACK’s tax-refund also applies to any shopping expenses at Xcaret, Xel-Ha and Delphinus. That is 8.9% of the total you spend that can be used for your next family getaway. The more you buy, the more you receive!

To learn more about MONEYBACK, participating stores and locations please visit:

Veronica Rivas

Clara Torres


MONEYBACK is Mexico’s leading tax refund service provider for international travelers with over 50 service locations throughout the country, covering 98% of all the points of departure. MONEYBACK opened its doors in August 2008, offering tax refund services in Mexico City and Los Cabos. Since then, the company has expanded to Cancun, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, among many other destinations in Mexico. Operated by travel industry professionals who understand the needs of international travelers visiting Mexico, MONEYBACK prides in offering fast and efficient tax refund services to leisure and business travelers. Mexico’s leading tax return company refunds 8.9% of shopping expenses to international travelers. MONEYBACK’s goal is to promote the best leisure and business shopping destinations in Mexico. For more information please visit:


JOYÀ, the spectacular show from Grupo Vidanta—a full-service tourism developer specializing in luxury resort development in Mexico—and Cirque du Soleil—a leading entertainment company—conquers the most demanding palate with an exquisite dinner created by Chef Alexis Bostelmann, an expert known for elevating traditional flavors to a new level.


After 10 years as executive corporate chef for Grupo Vidanta, including at the Vidanta Riviera Maya megaresort, Bostelmann is taking on a new project with a mission to create a world-class dining experience that promises to satisfy every bite with innovation and sophistication.

Bostelmann uses inspiration from the content of the JOYÀ show to develop a unique menu in partnership with Cirque du Soleil. The show highlights the magical journey of an aging alchemist and his granddaughter traveling through fantastical worlds on the relentless quest for the meaning of life.

Cirque JOYA Contortionist

“The idea was to combine culinary influence with the artistic appeal of the show. The theme merges cultural kitchens by infusing Mediterranean influences with Mexican ingredients,” said Bostelmann.

The evening experience begins with a selection of organic and mouth-watering appetizers. Regular and specialty options are available for the main course, including a catch of the day, prime rib, or vegetarian dishes. Dessert is presented in a spectacular, JOYÁ-inspired fashion – within a book – and Mercier champagne is glamorously paired with each course. Even the place settings are of impeccable custom-design.

“The dishes themselves consist of special pieces designed by artisans from Tlaquepaque. We also added some Michoacán elements to keep the Mexican essence,” said Bostelmann.

Cirque du Soleil Theater

JOYÁ is performed in the Cirque du Soleil Theatre in Riviera Maya, which seats 600 people comfortably and includes a dining area, a champagne area, two bars and two lounge spaces. 194 seats are designed to be able to watch the show while eating dinner, 342 of the seats are arranged cabaret style with champagne offerings available and 64 seats are high barstools, all of which lead to a night of entertainment unlike any other.

Cirque Intro Act

Ticket Information

To book ticket reservations today:
• Visit or
• Call 1-844-247-7837 (for US and Canada) or 01-800-247-7837 (to Mexico)

Price per person * (in US dollars) are:
• High Stools – Show     $65
• Show       $80
• Champagne and Show    $110
• Dinner, Champagne and Show  $165
• VIP Dinner, Champagne and Show  $225

*Does not include delivery service charges.

For more information about JOYÁ, please visit or and follow us on Twitter at #JOYAMEXICO

About Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil is primarily a creative content provider for a wide variety of unique projects. In addition to shows, the company, whose headquarters are located in Montreal, extends its creative talent to other spheres of activity. For any innovative project, Cirque du Soleil maintains rigorous standards of artistic quality and originality, and provides them with the same energy and spirit that characterizes each of its shows.

Cirque du Soleil is a Quebec -based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. Since its inception in 1984, nearly 150 million viewers in over 300 cities on six continents have been thrilled by Cirque du Soleil.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, please visit

For more information about ONE DROP Foundation, please visit

About Grupo Vidanta

Grupo Vidanta is a full service tourism developer in Mexico and Latin America with practices in property architecture and product design, construction and operations. The company specializes in the development and operation of luxury resort and hotel brands in Mexico and counts AAA Five Diamond Award winning Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta and three AAA Four Diamond Award winning resorts – Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya, The Grand Bliss Nuevo Vallarta and The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya – among its impressive portfolio of more than 25 resorts and hotels.

Grupo Vidanta’s visionary approach to the development of luxury beach destinations brings vacation dreams to life via membership-based resorts and mega-resorts on the coastlines of Mexico’s most sought-after locations – Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Acapulco, Puerto Peñasco, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán – with brands including Grand Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, The Grand Mayan, The Bliss, Mayan Palace, Ocean Breeze and Sea Garden, and more in development.

The company, which employs more than 12,000 individuals dedicated to design, development, construction and operations, is consistently recognized among the most revered employers in Latin America. Vidanta Golf is the largest operator of golf courses in Mexico, the real estate division has built and sold more than 2,000 vacation luxury homes, and the company is responsible for developing Mexico’s first privately built and owned airport, Mar de Cortés Internation Airport in Puerto Peñasco.

Grupo Vidanta was founded by Daniel Chávez Morán in 1974 and operates two foundations to enrich the lives of Latin Americans. For more information about Grupo Vidanta, visit


Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, announced that it will begin serving its new route between Boston and Mexico City as of June 1st, 2015 with six nonstop flights per week.


• The airline will begin to operate this route with six weekly flights with Boeing 737 aircraft as of June 2015.
• Boston becomes Aeromexico’s 16th destination in the United States and will permit connectivity throughout Latin America from Mexico City.

This new route will be served with Boeing 737-700 airplanes with 124 seats —12 in the Aeromexico Clase Premier Business Class cabin— with the following flight schedules:

Boston – Mexico City
AM 699 04:35 p.m. 08:55 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Sunday
Mexico City – Boston
AM 698 09:00 a.m. 03:25 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Sunday
*Times are published in local time and are subject to change without notice.

“We are very pleased to announce the addition of our 16th destination in the United States, reflecting the airline’s commitment to increase our presence in one of our most important markets. Boston is a city of great importance for Mexico and Latin America because of its global economic potential and extensive academic offerings that draw many students from Mexico and Latin America every year,” said Aeromexico CEO Andrés Conesa.
Boston attracts over 50,000 passengers per year and this market represented a total of USD $15 million just last year, which is why this nonstop Aeromexico flight will open new opportunities for businesses in Massachusetts, generating an economic impact for the region estimated at USD $49 million per year.

Passengers traveling from Boston to Mexico City will be able to connect with the carrier’s 45 destinations in Mexico such as Acapulco, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Cancún, Chihuahua, Guadalajara, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana and Villahermosa, plus 16 major cities in Latin America, such as Buenos Aires, Río de Janeiro, Lima and Bogotá, among others; three leading capitals in Europe and two in Asia.

With the start of this route, Aeromexico will offer 80 daily flights between Mexico City and the United States on which it will be able to carry close to 9,000 passengers a day between these two countries, an action that confirms the airline’s commitment to offer its customers better network connectivity with its world-class service.

Aeromexico Begins its Seasonal Flights to Denver – Starting December 15th

Aeromexico Begins its Seasonal Flights to Denver – Starting December 15th, the airline will again begin operating its traditional seasonal service from Mexico City to Denver – It will also offer new seasonal flights from Guadalajara to Denver as of December 18th

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, has announced that on December 15th, it will again be operating its traditional seasonal service between Mexico City and Denver, offering 17 flights a week for passengers interested in enjoying winter skiing at leading resort destinations, such as Vail and Aspen.

Also, and in order to offer additional flight choices to customers, Aeromexico will operate seven direct flights from Guadalajara to Denver between December 18th, 2014 and January 4th, 2015.
Anko van der Werff, Senior Vice President of Revenue Management at Aeromexico said “The Mexico City flights are scheduled to connect passengers from other domestic destinations, such as Bajio-Leon, Morelia, Veracruz and Villahermosa, as well as those connecting from international destinations, such as Bogota and Guatemala, among others; while the Guadalajara flight schedules to Denver will offer connections for passengers traveling from Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta and Tijuana.”

These new routes will be served with Boeing 737 aircraft with 124 passenger seats, including 12 in the Clase Premier cabin. Aeromexico also features its Gran Plan packages to Vail that include hotel accommodations, round trip ground transportation between the airport in Denver to the hotel in Vail, tours and a four-day lift ticket package.

Denver, known as the Mile-High City because its elevation is exactly one mile (5,280 feet) above sea level, offers entertainment for all visitors with a fantastic choice of museums and its unique “Denver Beer Trail.” Once you’re in the city, getting to Vail —the largest ski resort in North America built in the style of an Alpine village—, is easy.

Aeromexico continues working to provide more connectivity options between Mexico and the United States, making Denver its 16th destination in North America, as it looks to increase its choice of destinations and to enhance tourism between both countries.
About Grupo Aeromexico Grupo Aeromexico, S.A.B. de C.V. is a holding company whose subsidiaries provide commercial aviation services in Mexico and the promotion of passenger loyalty programs. Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline operates more than 600 daily flights from its main hub in Terminal 2 at the Mexico City International Airport. Its network includes service to 79 cities on three continents, including 45 destinations in Mexico, 15 in the United States, 14 in Latin America, three in Europe, two in Asia and one in Canada.

The Group’s fleet of more than 115 aircraft features Boeing 787, 777, 767 and 737 jet airliners and next generation Embraer 145, 170, 175 and 190 models. In 2012, the airline announced the most significant investment strategy in aviation history in Mexico, to purchase 100 Boeing aircraft including 90 MAX B737 jet airliners and ten B787-9 Dreamliners.

As a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, Aeromexico offers customers more than 1,000 destinations in 178 countries served by the 20 SkyTeam airline partners rewarding passengers with benefits including access to 564 premium airport lounges around the world. Aeromexico also offers travel options through its code share partners Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Avianca, LAN, TACA and TAM with extensive connectivity in countries like the United States, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia and Peru.