Wedding Experts will promote the destination throughout the US and Mexico
by Manuel Calderòn de la Barca
ABC agents get “familiarized” with the magic of Velas Resorts
At the strike of noon, Saturday May 16th, of the current year, more than 15 representatives of the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), as well as delegates from the Fideicomiso de Turismo de Puerto Vallarta (Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust)and the Oficina de Convenciones y Visitantes (OCV) de Riviera Nayarit (Conventions and Visitors Office of the Riviera Nayarit) experienced the magic and the the service provided at this resort, rated 5 Diamond, by AAA, during a walk-through of the property, as well as one in Casa Velas and Velas Vallarta, as part of a regional tour with the objective of promoting the destination throughout the US and Latin America.
The President of the Association of Bridal Consultants, David M. Wood, stated feeling wonderful about the facilities of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit: “Its beautiful, impressive, a privileged place to have a wedding; featuring incredible installations, the halls with high ceilings and gardens, and the lobby are truly inspiring; the pool is exquisite, with an incomparable view”.
During the tour, one of the agents asked: “During the check out, what is the most distinctive feature mentioned by the guests, what catches most their attention?”, to what Karla Aguillón, Wedding Manager at Velas Resort, who headed one of the three groups that toured the hotel, responded: “it´s definitely the service, the warmth to which they are received from the minute they exit their car, the welcome massage, the details during the stay, it something that distinguishes Grand Velas”.
They toured the suites, the pool area, the garden, the gazebo -previously set up for a wedding- and every essential detail for this type of celebration. Tamayo Saloon featured a show room with elegant displays of tables decorated on different styles, lounge areas, as well as light, audio and video exhibitions custom made for these type of receptions.
Camelú Millán, ABC representative for Latin America, stationed in Mexico City, highlighted that she has previously stayed at the resort, but “they continue to surprise me, the decoration is exquisite, the Mexican style and good taste are abundant throughout; the essences of the Spa, the suites with ocean view, the gazebo for the ceremony which seems of the most romantic setting; its an excellent option for luxury beach weddings, or passionate honeymoons”.
At the conclusion of the “familiarization”, which lasted approximately a half hour, the members of the Association were welcomed by the general director of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Mr. Rolando Miravete, on Frida terrace, who thanked them for their visit, highlighting the importance of this type of events.
“It is always a pleasure welcoming such distinguished groups as ABC” stated the director. “The familiarization tours are the best way to comprehend our product, to live the Luxury All-inclusive experience”
“When we say ´all inclusive´, it is difficult to associate the product with quality service, but once we invite people, the specialists, and they feel the difference, and truly can realize, then, the investment is well worth it, because that is how they recommend us to their clients” Miravete highlighted.
That is how the cocktail started off, to the rhythm of live guitar form a Cuban musician Hector de la Torre, and having the golden waters of Bahia de Banderas as our back frame, enjoying the Signature Margaritas, exclusive house drinks with exotic flavors such as peanut, hibiscus, avocado, coffee, tomato and clam juice, cocoa, mole with tamarind, parsley, and huitlacoche. Also appetizers such as fine cheeses, seafood kabobs, carpaccio shots, eggplant snacks, amongst others.
As a signature of appreciation for their visit, the guests were delighted to a four-course, Mexican high cuisine meal, which gets served at Frida gourmet restaurant, presented by the Executive Chef and Hotel Food And Beverage Director, Kunibert Lengger.
The menu consisted of a ranch salad with panela cheese roasted in hibiscus vinaigrette Au Agavero, also a mushroom casserole in creamy guajillo pepper sauce; skillet avocado crusted sea bass, with shrimp and fried cheese tamale in jalapeno pepper sauce. And, for dessert, pineapple souffle tart and red fruit mousse in a coconut Au Malibu sauce.
After sharing a meal with the resort´s General Director and Executive Chef, as well as with Pamela Zepeda, Junior Sales Manager; Refugio González, Sales; and Carolina Almazán, Public Relations Coordinator, the agents from the United States and Mexico individually assured that they would recommend Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit as a romantic hideaway, ideal for weddings and honeymoons.
At the conclusion of the meal, the group went to Puerto Vallarta, where they will visit Velas Vallarta, to perform another familiarization tour at such Velas Resorts property, where they also prepared a special showcase for weddings, toured the nuptial suite, as well as the essential details to perform such celebrations.
Later on, the advisers participated in a Trade Show which began in the afternoon at Casa Velas Convention Center, where local providers exposed their services of flower arrangements, banquets, and products specialized for these type of celebrations.