And a tip of our green, St. Patrick’s Day hat to Mexico’s government, through new methods of technology, recognizing models for sustainable ecological development . The travel industry is getting “greener” at a rapid pace from many forms of transportation – trains to planes – and are putting less toxic entities into our atmosphere.
Hotels have joined the trend and Kerry Medina’s recent article in Agent at Home brought us up to date. Across Mexico’s Riviera Maya there are new environmental initiatives. At the Caracol complex it’s been transformed into an eco-resort by including a “zero emissions” building allowing the resort to reduce its carbon footprint. An “eco zoo” is being pioneered where guests will be allowed to participate in such activities as lectures, tours and feedings, not to mention activities such as beach cleanups, saving tortoises in Akumal and setting exotic bird species “free” into the wild (www.sandoshotels.com).
At Banyan Tree Mayakoba, the property was mapped out to preserve a stretch of mangrove and the wildlife that lives there (www.banyantree.com).
The El Dorado Spa Resorts and Hotels by Karisma (www.karismahotels.com) also has taken steps to ensure a balance to support the tourism industry and preserve the extraordinary natural environment of the Riviera Maya. They’ve implemented solar panels throughout their properties (El Dorado Maroma 100% invested, El Dorado Seaside Suites 70% and El Dorado Royal at 40% solar-power efficiency). They also have quality controls over towels and sheets, and the use of green maintance supplies.