| Green Travel News |
Mayakoba in Mexico’s Riviera Maya has been cited by the Rainforest Alliance for achievements in sustainable tourism, the first time that organization has so honored a tourism project. Comprised of three separate, independently owned resorts—Fairmont Mayakoba, Rosewood Mayakoba and Banyan Tree Mayakoba—this luxury development south of Cancun has instituted a wide range of water- and energy-saving practices and other sustainability policies and procedures such as promoting visits to local communities.
“The Mayakoba vision started with a desire to establish a new tourist development where environmentalism took center stage,” said Andres Pan de Soraluce of OHL Development. “A lot of planning and infrastructure was put in place to preserve the amazing ecosystem that our development sits on, and we are glad our vision was achieved. We have been working with the Rainforest Alliance since 2010 to comply with the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria’s internationally recognized recommendations for socially, environmentally and economically sustainable tourism, and we encourage other tourism properties in Mexico to do the same.”
Additionally, the Mexico Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance, is bringing lessons on sustainable tourism directly to hotels and tourism businesses in southern Mexico. To date, 31 hotels in the Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo states have improved compliance with social, environmental and economic sustainability criteria after participating in Rainforest Alliance-led training sessions.