RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico, April 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico Secretary of Tourism Claudia Ruiz Massieu and Governor of the Mexican State of Quintana Roo Roberto Borge Angulo were on hand Thursday at the Vidanta Theater to help announce Grupo Vidanta's $1.3 billion investment in new tourism projects. The luxury resort and tourism developer will bring new attractions including premier golf courses, additional luxury resorts and theme parks animated by Cirque du Soleil to Mexico. The site of JOYA by Cirque du Soleil – launched late last year by Grupo Vidanta and already one of Mexico's fastest growing tourist attractions – served as the backdrop for Mexico's government leaders to share their vision for the future of international tourism growth in Mexico.
Grupo Vidanta, founded by Daniel Chavez Moran in 1974, has grown its workforce from 12,000 to 15,000 employees in the last three years and plans to add an additional 3,000 employees across the company's architecture, design, construction and operations practices by 2018 through jobs created in the development of new tourism projects.
Pena Nieto praised the investment of Grupo Vidanta and noted that Mexico needs more success stories like Grupo Vidanta and founder Daniel Chavez Moran, so that more Mexican people can find opportunity for personal fulfillment.
Annually, Grupo Vidanta attracts more than 700,000 visitors – 500,000 of which travel from foreign countries – to premier resort properties at Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Acapulco, Puerto Penasco, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. Grupo Vidanta's development of the world's first theme parks animated by Cirque du Soleil are expected to draw an additional 2.5 million annual visitors with the first park's inauguration in 2019.
Grupo Vidanta recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest luxury resort, The Grand Mayan Puerto Penasco, and Vidanta Golf – already the largest operator of golf courses in Mexico – will add a new premier golf course for visitors in The Greg Norman Golf Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta in 2015.
Said Grupo Vidanta founder Daniel Chavez Moran, "Mexico is a place for opportunities. With over 40 years of experience as a driver of Mexican tourism, Grupo Vidanta has learned the best results for Mexico are achieved when we work collaboratively to recruit the world's top brands in travel and entertainment as partners and create unique vacation dreams in Mexico that rival that of any destination in the world. That strategy has allowed Grupo Vidanta to sustain annual visitation growth of 15 percent at our developments, serve more than half a million foreign visitors, and achieve revenues of nearly $700 million each year."
Said Mexico Secretary of Tourism Claudia Ruiz Massieu, "Today is one of the most important announcements of investments in this sector in recent years. An announcement that shows there is confidence in Mexico, in its government and its people. This investment represents more than a number or amount, it represents the conviction of Grupo Vidanta that the tourism sector will continue to grow, will continue to gain ground against other international competitors; that it will continue to produce smiles for visitors and opportunities for thousands in our regions."
Said Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, "I commend you for what you have achieved, for the achievements that have been obtained with daily effort to become an exemplary group within the tourism sector."
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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 five AAA Four Diamond Award-winning resorts – Grand Luxxe Riviera Maya, The Grand Bliss Nuevo Vallarta, The Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta, The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya and The Grand Mayan Acapulco – 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 Penasco, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan – 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 15,000 individuals dedicated to design, development, construction and operations, is consistently recognized as one of 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 Cortes International Airport in Puerto Penasco.
Grupo Vidanta was founded by Daniel Chavez Moran in 1974 and operates two foundations to enrich the lives of Latin Americans. For more information about Grupo Vidanta, visit http://www.grupovidanta.com.
About Daniel Chavez Moran
Daniel Chavez Moran has been a leading visionary in the Mexico tourism industry for more than 40 years. Now retired, Chavez Moran founded Grupo Vidanta in 1974 after developing his first hotel, Paraiso Mazatlan, and grew the Grupo Vidanta to include expert practices in design, development, construction and operation for many of Mexico and Latin America's top luxury beach resorts, megaresorts and hotels. Under Chavez Moran's leadership, Grupo Vidanta diversified an influence in tourism infrastructure to include the largest collection of golf courses operated in Mexico, construction and sale of more than 2,000 vacation homes, and the first privately built and owned airport in Mexico, Mar de Cortes International Airport in Puerto Penasco. Forbes recognized Chavez Moran for his contributions in 2013, naming him one of the 12 most powerful investors in tourism in Mexico.
Under Chavez Moran's guidance, Grupo Vidanta has grown into one of Latin America's most revered employers, with a staff of more than 15,000 employees and consistent selection to the Great Place to Work Institute's list of "Best Companies to Work," including a ranking as the No. 1 hospitality organization to work for in Mexico in 2014 and 2015.
Commitment to philanthropy is a major component of Grupo Vidanta's mission to inspire generations of happiness. Today, Chavez Moran leads two foundations focused on philanthropy in Latin America including The Fundacion Vidanta, which promotes culture and fights poverty by awarding financial resources to individuals and organizations each year, and The Fundacion Delia Moran, created with the support of the government of Nayarit, which promotes education opportunities in the region and operates a free school and after-school programs for children.
Daniel Chavez Moran was born in Delicias, Chihuahua, and graduated from the University of Guadalajara with a degree in civil engineering in 1971. He is recognized by CNN as one of the 100 most important businessmen in Mexico.
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