When it comes to being a good steward of the unique environment and ecosystems that engulf the Mayakoba resort, Fairmont continues to set the industry standard as a sustainable hotel. The luxury resort was recently awarded its 10th consecutive Sustainable Tourism Certification by Preferred by Nature™. An international non-profit organization, Preferred by Nature™ seeks to improve land management and business practices that benefit people, nature, and the climate. Active in over 100 countries, the organization focuses on achieving tangible results that are likely to make a positive difference for local people in the short term and for the environment in the long term.
The Sustainable Tourism Certification for hotels and resorts is recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council as an equivalent to the GSTC Criteria for sustainable travel. GSTC is the leading global organization that establishes and manages global standards for sustainable travel and tourism. The GSTC criteria are the result of a worldwide effort to develop a common language about sustainability in travel and tourism. They are arranged into four pillars – sustainable management, socioeconomic impacts, cultural impacts, and environmental impacts (including consumption of resources, reducing pollution, conserving biodiversity, and managing landscapes).
In Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, tourism has become the fastest-growing economic sector and is a vital contributor to job and wealth creation, economic growth, environmental protection, and poverty alleviation. These achievements are only possible when tourism areas are responsibly planned and properly managed. From the very early stages of developing the Mayakoba resort, sustainable land and water management was a critical factor. For example, the unique freshwater canal system that weaves its way through the resort’s thick jungle and mangroves was created by tapping into one of the world’s most extensive underground river systems that lies below Yucatan. By bringing fresh water to the surface in a highly protected area, the resort created a viable and flourishing ecosystem. Since its construction, the number of bird species, reptiles, fish, and other animals that now call Mayakoba home, has increased significantly. This ecosystem also allows guests an opportunity to see first-hand how a sustainable tourism experience was created. While meandering through the canals in an electric-powered boat and accompanied by a knowledgeable eco-guide, you’ll learn how the ecosystem works in harmony with the surrounding resort. You’ll also catch a glimpse of some of the over 240 bird, mammal, and reptile species that now live in and around these carefully constructed canals.
On a corporate level Fairmont has been an environmental leader among eco-friendly hotels for over 25 years. As one of the first luxury hotel brands to achieve emission reduction targets, Fairmont embraces the sustainability initiatives developed by Accor. We believe it is our privilege to enhance genuine experiences and promote a rich cultural exchange within our communities by ensuring long-term stewardship of our planet. From rooftop bee hotels to innovative water-reduction techniques, we’re proud to be recognized as having one of the most comprehensive eco-friendly programs in the North American hotel industry. Programs addressing reforestation, water conservation, energy savings and food waste reduction are an integral part of our hospitality DNA. As we look to the future, our hotels pledge to continue promoting long-term sustainability and stewardship in each of our communities.
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