Issued Feb 25, 2013 Los Angeles, CA
Green Globe announces certification of three Karisma Hotel properties: El Dorado Royale Spa Resort, El Dorado Casitas Royale, and Azul Fives Hotel, located at the beaches of the Mayan Riviera, in Mexico. Karisma Hotels & Resorts has taken significant steps to form their own sustainability culture among collaborators, guests, shareholders and suppliers, allowing a more efficient use of all their natural, social and cultural resources. Their dedication to create an eco-friendly environment has an impact on the entire local tourism sector in the area.
“In regards to sustainability, 2012 was a year of great achievements for the El Dorado Spa Hotels & Resorts and Azul Hotels by Karisma,” said David Ortegon-Martinez, Corporate Sustainable Development Coordinator with Karisma Hotels & Resorts. “We focused on the construction of a Sustainable Management System, allowing us to start implementing sustainable principles into our daily operation. It is our goal to make our properties more efficient and competitive, and we are very proud to earn the prestigious Green Globe award. Each of our properties promotes an environment of respect and teamwork, and our staff members benefit from a variety of workshops and training supporting the Mayan culture, gender equity and human rights.”
As a result of the green initiatives, all of the seven Karisma properties at the Mayan Riviera achieved Green Globe certification in 2012, demonstrating the commitment to sustainable practices in this destination. Some of the major achievements include an average reduction of 11% water consumption and 12% electrical energy consumption. All Karisma certified properties use biodegradable cleaning products, and the use of laundry detergents was lowered by 32%. Improved recycling procedures showed an 8% increase in the income obtained from waste management, including more than 3,000 liters of used vegetable oil, which was processed and turned into biodiesel for a local authorized company. Karisma’s plans for 2013 include integrating their Sustainable Management System with the Quality Management System, aligning all initiatives and projects to achieve the best possible use of the resources available.
Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, commented, “We are very pleased to award certification to the El Dorado Royale and Azul Fives Hotels by Karisma. Those properties impress with outstanding commitment to protect the environment and contribution to the sustainable development at the Mayan Riviera. In May 2013 the Karisma Hotels & Resorts will launch their Passion for Sustainability campaign – totally renewed – to show their guests, employees, suppliers, and shareholders the benefits of a more sustainable and competitive operation.
About Karisma Hotels and Spa Resorts
Karisma Hotels and Resorts is a renowned leader in hospitality management operating a premier collection of award-winning properties throughout the Riviera Maya, Mexico, where guests savor a gourmet-inclusive experience. Karisma’s portfolio includes the adults-only El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels, which cater to romance with jacuzzis in every suite, truly beachfront wedding chapels and Aguas del Amor – private outdoor showers; and the family-friendly Azul Hotels, offering extensive children’s programs through partnerships with Fisher-Price and My Gym Children’s Fitness Center. The Karisma group of hotels has received worldwide recognition for its creative approach to hospitality management and product innovations including resorts with private swim-up and infinity balcony pool suites, beach butlers, beachfront sky massages and experimental dining.
About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information visit www.greenglobe.com
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