Karisma Hotels & Resorts, located along Mexico’s Riviera Maya, has taken significant steps to form their own sustainability culture among collaborators, guests, shareholders, and suppliers. The hospitality group is working across the destination to encourage environmental awareness, while investing in community and people. Top performing Green Globe members for years, Karisma’s El Dorado Maroma and Azul Beach properties recently achieved re-certification.
“I strongly believe that sustainability as a management tool has a lot to offer to the hospitality industry,” said David Ortegon-Martinez, Corporate Sustainable Development Director with Karisma Hotels & Resorts. “We are very proud to earn the prestigious Green Globe recognition. Each of our properties promotes an environment of respect and teamwork, and our entire team is dedicated to implement best practices into the daily operation. We focus on using all our resources in the most efficient way, and with one goal in mind, to continuously improve our performance.”
2013 has been a year full of great CSR initiatives at Karisma, and the company formed five new strategic alliances with local public health centers at the Mayan Riviera. In collaboration with the regional authorities, the company organized a series of events to oppose the mistreatment and sexual exploitation of children and teenagers. Under this initiative, Karisma has established policies to work against this type of abuse.
The Karisma group is deeply immersed with the community, and likes to promote local Mayan products at each hotel. Pitahi Jungle Jams, made by Mayan entrepreneur women, as well as handicrafts made by local artisans are available to guests at the weekly Mexican markets. Throughout the year, furniture, linens, food, and many hours of volunteer work are donated to people in need all over the country.
“Our ‘Passion for Sustainability’ has been built on a firm and long-lasting commitment from our company to our clients, employees, our community, and to our environment. In 2014 we will see more of these initiatives, not only at all Karisma Hotels & Resorts, but in the entire country,” concluded David Ortegon-Martinez.
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.
David Andrés Ortegón-Martínez
Corporate Sustainable Development Director
Karisma Hotels & Resorts
Tel + 527226008382
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
Green Globe Certification