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July 8, 2019We are six months into 2019! Can you believe it? Our last visit to Nuevo Vallarta was the first week in March, 2019. Weather was beautiful, friends were plentiful and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
So, what has happened since then? Well, Vidanta has been very active:
- In Nuevo Vallarta -
- A new building north of Tower Six is under construction and has an unusual shape.
- A new structure is under construction on the other side of the Ameca River and west of the suspension bridge.
- A new shopping area is under construction west of the Grand Bliss tower and east of Chiringuitos.
- Construction in The Park continues.
- A new egress road onto the freeway heading north is under construction.
- The Estates building area is growing into the cow paster directly across the Ameca River from Towers 3 and 4.
- In Riviera Maya -
- The Estates construction is apparently moving forward, but no one has seen the buildings or building area yet.
- The Joya Theater continues to host the Cirque du Soleil event.
- In East Cape -
- Three towers are under construction. No word on when it will open.
- One Vidanta representative stated there would be a smaller tower open in 2019. No verification of that yet.
- In Acapulco -
- DeLuxxe Suites are made available.
- Vidanta Cruise Line
- October, 2019 - Vidanta Elegant sets sail with Luxxe passengers for the first time.
January 1, 2019 - 12:01 AM
New Year’s Day - 12:01 AM in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
It was a beautiful display of fireworks this morning, all designed to welcome the New Year, and we were lucky enough to be on the property to share the joy with you.
2019 is a year of many expectations. In Nuevo Vallarta, the Jalisco Estates may bring happiness to its new members. The Celebrate Park is progressing with 12 new buildings currently under construction. Many plans are being finalized, some of which may come to fruition during the New Year.
In Riviera Maya, a long awaited Water Park is under construction and may open in 2019. This new facility appears to be located in the same area as the Luxxe Jungle Suites on the western side of the property near the highway.
In East Cape, construction is underway, although finishing and opening buildings on the property may not happen until after the Celebrate Park in Nuevo Vallarta opens in 2022.
In Puerto Penasco, Grand Bliss and Luxxe units may be opened during the year. However, priorities for finishing these projects may coincide with the launch of Vidanta Cruises. Speculation! All speculation!
Vidanta Cruises is in the planning stages. The Vidanta Elegant is being refurbished in Naples, Italy and may move to a shipyard in Mexico for finishing touches. First cruise may occur in 2019, which would be a new experience for all of us.
These are just a few of the many projects that are underway in the halls of Grupo Vidanta.
Join us, won’t you as we welcome the New Year! We hope it will bring good health, prosperity and joy to all.
November 21, 2018We all know that Sr. Daniel Chavez is supportive of tourism. He strongly believes increasing tourism is the pathway to closing the economic gap between Mexico and its northern neighbors - the United States and Canada.
The following article provides insight to Sr. Chavez’s reach. He will be participating in a high level advisory group for Mexico’s incoming president, Sr. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador:
Lopez Obrador Accepts Advice from Business Leaders in MexicoSource: https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=35960&SEO=lopez-obrador-accepts-advice-from-business-leaders-in-mexico Note: It you tap the link, you will not see the article. Instead, you will need to tap the search magnifying glass symbol in the upper right corner of the page, type in Obrador, and tap the 4th selector box at the bottom of the page. With time, the box number will be higher because the date of Nov. 16 is static.
Mexico, Nov 16 (Prensa Latina) A group of prominent businesspersons created a council to advise the next president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who accepted their participation, it was reported on Friday. The three main media owners, Ricardo Salinas Pliego, Bernardo Gomez, and Olegario Vazquez Aldir will be in the group, as well as Carlos Hank, who heads the most important Mexican bank, Banorte.
In addition, the industrial entrepreneurs Daniel Chavez, Miguel Rincon, and Sergio Gutierrez, and Miguel Aleman Magnani, from service business, also form the council.
They said that they want to support and that they want to be advisors of the next president of the Republic, and I took their word. They want to be members of an advisory council of the president, they want to help me, they want to give me their points of view, their visions and help us, Lopez Obrador said, in a video broadcast on social networks.
He said that the members of the business advisory council will be coordinated by businessman Alfonso Romo, future head of the Office of the President of the Republic, and will meet with them every two or three months.
Ricardo Salinas is the owner of Grupo Salinas, which includes TV Azteca, Grupo Elektra, Seguros Azteca, Afore Azteca, Advance America, Italika, Banco Azteca, Punto Casa de Bolsa, and Totalplay.
Meanwhile, Bernardo Gomez is Vice President of Televisa; Olegario Vazquez Aldir, heir of Grupo Empresarial Angeles, which includes the Group Real Turismo, the Group Angeles Servicios de Salud, the Group Financiero Multiva and the Group Multimedia Image, which includes the newspaper Excelsior.
Carlos Hank, meanwhile, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Banorte Group, the second largest bank in the country, and his family businesses include the Hermes Group, Gruma, and the participation in the construction of the Texcoco air terminal.
In turn, Daniel Chavez is president of Grupo Vidanta, which manages luxury beach hotels; Miguel Rincon Arredondo is in the forestry industry and his company is called Grupo Industrial Durango; Miguel Aleman Magnani directs Interjet; and Sergio Gutierrez is the owner of the steel company of Nuevo Leon, Deacero.
In the video, Lopez Obrador emphasized that 'we do need the support of entrepreneurs to invest in Mexico, generate jobs. I tell you to not to worry because I know very well what should be done to help the most humble people, the poorest.'
The Park should stimulate tourism for Nayarit and Jalisco, and Sr. Chavez is right in the middle of it. Congratulations!
November 7, 2018So, did you apply? We thought about it, but then decided we were not qualified. So we missed out.
The winner is very qualified though. Marketing, sales and engineering. What a background. We look forward to seeing her become Vidanta’s spoke person. Enjoy the article:
Vidanta Names Winner of The World's Best Job PositionOne Candidate's Dream Job Has Come True, Complete with a $120,000 Salary
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Vidanta (Source: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vidanta-names-winner-of-the-worlds-best-job-position-300744428.html 08:30 ET)
MEXICO CITY, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Vidanta is pleased to announce the company has named their official hire for the World's Best Job position, Peru-based candidate, Andrea Martens. Chosen from a pool of over 15,000 candidates from more than 120 countries, the victorious applicant will spend the next year working as a professional vacationist and brand ambassador for Vidanta, a collection of premier entertainment and destination resorts located on Mexico's most beautiful beaches.
"We're pleased to announce our chosen candidate, and are eager to begin immersing her in all that Vidanta has to offer from world class accommodations and cuisine to new levels of entertainment and more," says Ivan Chavez, Executive Vice President of Grupo Vidanta. "We loved Andrea's energy and her deep passion for travel. She was inspired by our mission of happiness and we strongly feel she is the perfect fit for our brand.”
In the role of World's Best Job, Martens will be responsible for inspiring travelers worldwide by experiencing Vidanta's six destinations – Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Acapulco, Puerto Peñasco, Puerto Vallarta – and creating astounding content. While at each of these stunning locales, she will experience such envy-inducing adventures as swimming with whale sharks, guiding baby sea turtles from the egg to the ocean, dancing front row at Mexico's premier dayclub and DJ venue, and learning new recipes from world-renowned chefs. In addition, the position also comes with added travel expenses, dining credit at each of the resorts, and resort accommodations – not to mention a $120,000 USD salary.
Currently based in Kathmandu, Nepal, Martens has extensive marketing and sales experience previously working with high profile companies including Procter & Gamble, IBM, and L'ORÉAL. A corporate professional turned travel enthusiast, Martens most recently spent the last three and a half years traveling throughout the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Africa and Asia. During her professional career, she was consistently praised for her natural ability to make real connections with coworkers and clients, and throughout her travels she has further grown her passion for creating personal connections and immersing herself in each new destination she visits. A woman of all trades, Martens graduated from the University of Lima, Peru and has an Industrial Engineering degree.
Martens is eager to dive into the new "World's Best Job" role and will go through an extensive employee training before kicking off her new career as a professional vacationist at Vidanta's luxury resorts. Her journey will begin at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, beginning in December 2018. There she will become completely immersed, learning the ins and outs of each resort from operations and guest experience to sustainability and philanthropy. Most importantly she'll begin experiencing all that Vidanta has to offer herself! In this position, she will focus on showcasing all the luxury and adventure the Vidanta resorts hold while also exploring the beauty and culture of greater Mexico. From there, Martens will use those experiences to create social media, blog and marketing content in order to convey them to the world in a way that's engaging and thrilling.
"I still can't believe it – I couldn't be more excited to join the Vidanta team," said Andrea Martens Briceño, recipient of the World's Best Job. "This is truly a dream come true and I can't wait to have the opportunity to do the things I love most – working with creative people, enjoying all the amazing experiences Vidanta has to offer, and sharing all of this happiness with the world!"
Grupo Vidanta's mission is to create the most extraordinary vacation and entertainment experiences in the world, and they are excited to inspire generations of travelers through the lens of new brand ambassador. From recently opening new dining and entertainment experiences such as OMNIA Dayclub and Herringbone with global hospitality company Hakkasan Group at Vidanta Los Cabos, to debuting Salum Beachside Eateries & Market at Vidanta Riviera Maya, a Tulum-inspired beach lounge and market featuring six new restaurants, and launching the first-ever Vidanta Wellness Retreat in Nuevo Vallarta featuring Deepak Chopra this year, Vidanta is pleased to continue to bring the highest level of luxury experiences to their guests with more to come in 2019.
Please find images of all Vidanta resorts in this link.
As Grupo Vidanta's luxury vacationing brand, Vidanta boasts an impressive portfolio of entertainment and destination resorts along the most coveted beaches in Mexico including Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Acapulco, Puerto Peñasco and Puerto Vallarta. At the Vidanta destinations, guests can stay in luxury resort hotels that include Grande Luxxe, The Grand Bliss, The Grand Mayan, The Bliss and Mayan Palace, with more under development. Innovative partnerships include collaborations with the creative visionaries at Cirque du Soleil to create JOYÀ – a permanent theatrical and culinary experience in Riviera Maya. Vidanta has also partnered with global hospitality company Hakkasan Group on an exclusive, long-term agreement to debut new nightlife, daylife and dining experiences. The first collaboration in this partnership includes the recently opened OMNIA Dayclub, Herringbone, Casa Calavera and SHOREbar at Vidanta Los Cabos. For more information, visit Vidanta.com.
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What fun! Congratulations Andrea. You will have a challenging and exciting year!
August 23, 2018More member and customer nurturing is on the way at Vidanta Resorts. First, we understand there is a new position within the organization - The Chief Experience Officer. This new position presumably is an extension and expansion of the Member Liaison that participated in the Aimfair Gatherings in 2016, 2017 and 2018. An introduction to this new person could come in September, after Vidanta’s annual meeting, which will be held in Spain this year.
Along those lines, we saw the following announcement in an August 23, 2018 post in the online version of Travel and Leisure Magazine. Vidanta is looking for a Brand Ambassador, and it sounds like the company is becoming serious about communicating with its members and guests. Here is the article:
You Could Get Paid $120,000 to Spend a Year at Some of Mexico's Most Beautiful Resorts
AUGUST 23, 2018
How does this sound? A year in Mexico’s most beautiful destinations — including Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Acapulco, Puerto Peñasco, and Puerta Vallarta — plus gourmet dining, high-end spas, designer golf courses, and exclusive entertainment. All this and a one-year salary of $120,000 plus travel expenses.
This over-the-top job opportunity was just announced by Vidanta, a collection of premier destination resorts across Mexico. One lucky and qualified candidate will become Vidanta’s brand ambassador with some of Mexico’s most impressive resorts as their new workplace.
“It’s an understatement when we say that the ‘perks’ of this position are endless,” Iván Chávez, executive vice president of Grupo Vidanta, said in a statement. “The lucky applicant will fully immerse themselves in each of our resort destinations; from uncovering ancient Mayan ruins, hidden eateries, and underwater cenotes to discovering the hottest new restaurants and nightclubs.”
There is a bit of work involved in the “world’s best job,” however. The brand ambassador will act as Vidanta’s on-location social influencer, gathering content while experiencing the luxury, comfort, and adventure offered at their resorts. It will be the ambassador's job to inspire travelers worldwide through their experiences, such as breakfast in bed, luxurious spa treatments, poolside margaritas, and zip line adventures through the Riviera Nayarit jungle. Taste-testing new dishes prepared by Mexico’s culinary superstar chefs, visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites, and stargazing along the Sea of Cortez will be all in a day’s work.
The individual selected will go through an extensive training program which will not only prepare them for the brand ambassador role, but will also provide skills for a successful post-Mexico career (if they ever leave, that is). The ideal candidate will have sales or hospitality experience, a warm personality, and willingness to relocate to Mexico along with love for travel and new experiences.
If all this sounds great — and why wouldn’t it? — apply online at worldsbestjob.com and submit your resume in addition to an optional 60-second video before Sunday, Oct. 21 at 11:50 p.m. CDT.
Looks like a great job! Also, it appears Vidanta is working toward managing its message. It will be fun to follow this new development and how it impacts current members of Vidanta and Aimfair.