Every time a crisis arises in the world, be it economic, due to natural or health disasters (as we are currently experiencing through COVID-19), unity and solidarity between people also arises. Consciences begin to move and the desire to help the most vulnerable grows.
In the Riviera Nayarit these unprecedented times are also an occasion to highlight the hospitality that has always prevailed in the destination: the response has emerged from all fronts: public, private and social, and we see that the tourism sector is more united than ever.
We are pleased to see that Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are doing their part, some of them even in alliance with the Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Convention Office (OVC) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB). In this way, mutual aid and support for the health and government authorities prevail.
Below we present some of the initiatives that are being taken in Riviera Nayarit to be more supportive in these COVID-19 times, as well as the organizations that are contributing their “grain of sand”.
Riviera Nayarit Restaurant Association
The Riviera Nayarit Restaurant Association, headed by Mario Nasser, has arranged for food to be provided every day to the police and road forces that are monitoring the sanitary filters in Sayulita and Jarretaderas. Restaurants such as Il Padrino di Vallarta, La Quinta Di Francesco, El Chivero, La Puerca Chula, Mar y Sol, Toscana Mía and Mediterranean have joined in this initiative. At this point, it is worth noting the individual support provided by chef Ricardo Santana, preparing breakfasts for all the staff who work in the filters. Good for them!
Banderas Bay Hotel and Motel Association
For its part, the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association, chaired by Jesús Carmona Jiménez —Operations Director of Vallarta Gardens development— is also part of this fantastic effort that supports and thanks the police force and the Health authorities. Hotels such as Paradise Village, Grupo Marival, Vidanta, RIU, Las Palomas Nuevo Vallarta, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Occidental, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Vallarta Gardens, Grand Palladium and Samba Nuevo Vallarta will be providing various supports.
PEACE of Punta Mita and Punta Mita Resort
Another example worth highlighting is the effort of PEACE Punta de Mita and Punta Mita Resort, a property of DINE, which have joined forces to proactively design plans, both in the short and long term, to deal with this crisis that has begun to seriously affect the lives of the 3,000 people who call Punta de Mita home. The group, with the help of PEACE staff and a group of local restaurants ((Babelas's, Tuna Blanca, Hector's Kitchen and more people are expected to join the task force), identified the families of nearly 200 children and 100 seniors from the locality who are at risk of not having access to daily food. The immediate response plan is to distribute pantry bags every week, with the first delivery to be deployed last week thanks to the support of the La Comer supermarket. Undoubtedly, the number of families in need of help will grow, however, PEACE staff is in the process of identifying them by name and family size, ensuring that food supplies will be provided only to villagers.
In summary, the plan prioritizes unemployed families of children with possible expansion to all 1,100 families, based on the number of donations that arrive and the duration of the effect of the pandemic in Punta de Mita.
If you are interested in making a donation, write to firstname.lastname@example.org with reference to the Punta de Mita Humanitarian Aid Fund.
Civil society has also organized to support vulnerable families who have been left without income due to the COVID-19 contingency. One of these actions is the installation of community dining rooms. An organized group from La Peñita de Jaltemba, municipality of Compostela, headed by César Pérez Novoa and his wife Ángela, started the project in that town, which was later extended to Rincón de Guayabitos and Los Ayala, and later to the Paraíso neighborhood and the town of El Monteón, where they will be providing a thousand dishes of food a day for a month.
This week, the Governor of the State of Nayarit, Antonio Echavarría García, announced that community canteens will be installed throughout the state, for which the support of the private initiative, municipal authorities and the leaders of the colonies is required.
Leaving a Mark
Undoubtedly, the tourist promotion work carried out by the Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Convention Office is nourished by the contributions of civil society, leaving a charitable footprint that will change the environment for thousands of people.
We encourage all of you to share a light of hope in your community, by donating food and supplies to your staff or those most affected, we would like to share what you are doing and inspire others to do the same.
Remember, the Mexican Pacific Treasury will be here when the health contingency for COVID-19 ends. Meanwhile: #EnCasaConRivieraNayarit
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The Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Convention Office (OVC) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) reaffirm their commitment to the strategic promotion of the destination, looking for areas of opportunity and consolidating new markets in order to increase the tourist influx, for which they have the backing of the Government of the State of Nayarit through the Trust for Tourism Promotion (Fiprotur).
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