Green Globe certifies four Karisma Hotel properties in Mexico
Four Karisma hotel properties in Mexico were recently honoured with the Green Globe Certification. The Karisma Group's dedication to make a more efficient use of their resources has made their venues a fantastic spot for eco-friendly Cancun holidays.
The internationally-recognised organisation, Green Globe, has recently honoured four Karisma Hotel properties in Mexico, with its prestigious certification. Azul Sensatori Resort in Puerto Morelos, El Dorado Maroma Resort, El Dorado Seaside Suites and Hidden Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, all received the impressive recognition. These resorts now make an ideal venue for travellers interested in eco-friendly Cancun holidays thanks to the Karisma Group’s effort to raise awareness and make the best use of their resources. Their commitment to create an eco-friendly environment has had a great impact on the entire local tourism sector in the zone.
Green Globe Certification, based in California, USA, is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally-accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of the travel and tourism business. Their main goal is to encourage eco-friendly behaviour in the tourism sector. This organisation is represented in over 83 countries and is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation.
David Ortegon-Martinez, Corporate Sustainable Development Coordinator with the Karisma Group, stated he felt extremely proud and honoured that the four Cancun resorts received the Green Globe Certification. Ortegon-Martinez shared some of the measures that had been taken in each of the hotels, which are now among the most eco-friendly resorts in Mexico, to protect the environment. “To earn the prestigious Green Globe Certification award with four of our properties at the Mayan Riviera is the greatest recognition of our commitment to innovation and continuous improvement of our internal process,” he said.
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“Some of our major achievements include an average reduction of 11% water consumption and 12% electrical energy consumption. All our certified properties use biodegradable cleaning products and we could lower the use of laundry detergents by 32%. Our improved recycling process resulted in an 8% increase in the income obtained from waste management, including more than 3000 litres of used vegetable oil, which was processed and turned into biodiesel for a local authorised company. This step avoided the potential pollution of 30,000,000 litres of water and reduced the costs for processing that oil through our Water Treatment Plant.”
Furthermore, Guido Bauer, Green Globe Certification’s CEO, also expressed his satisfaction on certifying the Karisma Hotel’s properties. “We are very pleased to award the certification to El Dorado Spa & resorts and Azul Hotels by Karisma. Those properties show outstanding efforts in their commitment to protect the environment and contribution to the sustainable development at the Mayan Riviera. We are working with the other Karisma hotels to achieve the same recognition very soon.”
The four luxurious properties achieved their goal of offering great service and entertainment while caring for the environment by implementing a Sustainable Management System. The Karisma hotels established goals, indicators, activities and control mechanisms to incorporate sustainability principles into the hotels daily operation and this way, increase awareness and responsibility among the staff. The hotel staff are not only being trained to offer guests truly relaxing green holidays, but are also benefitting from a variety of workshops supporting the Mayan culture, gender equity and human rights. The Karisma group, in cooperation with local organisations, also offers specialised lectures on reproductive health and disease detection while access to health centres is provided at a very low cost to team members and their families.
The internationally-renowned Karisma hotels and resorts have already been awarded for their creative approach to hospitality management and product innovations. Thanks to the quality of their service the Karisma properties are among the top luxury eco-friendly hotels in Cancun. All different types of travellers will find pleasure at one of Karisma’s wonderful resorts: the adults-only El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels, famous for its Jacuzzis and beachfront wedding chapels, is perfect for couples, while Azul Hotels is a delightful option for families with its fun and extensive children’s programmes.
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