As host of the ILTM Americas, Fairmont Mayakoba offers innovative and responsible tourism experiences
Riviera Maya Mexico, September 18, 2012 – Traveling to discover new worlds and have authentically local experiences, with the least environmental impact, are key components that define the contemporary luxury traveler. Fairmont Mayakoba, host of the first edition of ILTM Americas, offers participants of the world’s leading luxury travel expo the possibility of discovering innovative and responsible tourism practices.
Since opening in 2006, Fairmont Mayakoba has been committed to environmental care and sustainability bringing to reality the harmonious equilibrium between luxury and nature. Its construction contemplated the use of recycled and sustainable materials whenever possible, the relocation of more than 10,000 plants and a commitment to implement actions to conserve the natural resources, support the development of local communities and encourage guests to actively participate in the conservation of the environment while providing facilities and premium experiences in a majestic setting surrounded by mangroves, rainforest, water canals and the spectacular turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean.
“Sustainability includes not only environmental management but also socio-cultural aspects and economic benefits to local communities” mentioned Ian L. Robinson, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Fairmont Mayakoba. “In our commitment to promote responsible tourism, we are pleased to participate in ILTM, Americas and share luxury experiences in harmony with nature and, our knowledge to a real sustainable tourism with unique services with true value for the sophisticated traveler”.
Guests attending ILTM Americans can participate in sustainable practices even before their arrival to the Riviera Maya. The hotel invites all guests to help underprivileged children by supporting Pack for a Purpose program, in which the empty space left in their luggage can be used to bring a donation for the community centers of Save the Children in Playa del Carmen. The list of donations such as school supplies, books and learning games can be found at:
During the day, travelers can participate in different activities to discover the beauty of the surroundings. Boarding a lancha (electric boat) with biologist Rosaura Cuevas, Ecology and Social Responsibility Manager of the resort, guests will be guided on an adventure to discover the more than 250 species living around the hotel such as turtles, herons, fish, coatis, and even deer. This is a unique opportunity to experience the resort’s tangible commitment to the local environment.
Furthermore, as host Hotel, some of the programs that ILTM Americas participants may discover include:
– The food products, whenever possible are organic, local and obtained via fair treatment practices, including the Chef’s Garden with native products as chaya and habanero chile.
– The endangered species, such as Chilean sea bass, shark and blue fin tuna are not offered in any of our menus and closed seasons are strictly respected.
Support Mayan Communities and Social Responsibility:
– Fairmont has donated $10.000 USD for a group of Mayan women who are dedicated to making medicinal products derived from honey to support the family economy. Through this program, women have managed to develop and market their products, these products can be found at Willow Stream Spa. In gratitude, the community donated a “meliponary”, an area where two hives of native stingless bees called Meliponas live, which is very important in the Mayan culture.
– Muyil Forest and Float Tour: This off-site tour is operated by Community Tours Sian Ka’an, a community-based operator supported by the World Heritage Alliance. Fairmont donated $ 5,000 USD for the construction of toilets in Muyil, installation essential for the operation of the tour and the cooperative.
– Fairmont Babies Room, the hotel has an area enabled for employees who are breastfeeding can express and store milk for their babies. In this way, they can ensure the best nutrition for their children and not be forced to choose between their professional and economic development and breastfeeding.
Greening our Greens:
El Camaleon Mayakoba golf course, managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, participates in the Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuaries, an organization which sets guidelines for an international system of wildlife and environmental conservation. Through our participation, we have developed an extensive integrated management plan for ongoing improvements to our golf courses called “Greening Our Greens”. The program offers practical ways for our courses to make positive changes, while working toward the larger goal of achieving certification from Audubon International.