Riviera Maya Becomes Field of Study in Sustainable Tourism Development

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Students from the University of the Caribbean study advanced technology for environmental conservation in the ecotourism resort Hacienda Tres Ríos, considered an example in environmental preservation.

Sustainable tourism in Hacienda Tres Rios

Riviera Maya Sustainable Tourism Tour

In 2006 SEMARNAT recognized Tres Ríos as a “regional and national model for sustainable tourism development.

A group of university students visited the eco-tourist resort Hacienda Tres Ríos in an effort to stay informed about the latest technology in sustainability and environmental conservation.

Students from the Environmental Engineering program at the University of the Caribbean toured the main areas of the exclusive resort considered in Mexico to be an optimal representation of preservation practices and environmental protection. The students were accompanied by their teacher Zhuelhen Florez Erazo.

Chief Environmental Officer Gabriel Santoyo gave the students a tour and spoke about the design, construction, and operation of Hacienda Tres Ríos as a sustainable tourism development.

The students, who are currently enrolled in the academic program Sustainable Tourism and Hotel Management, toured the nursery where they looked at different types of flora on the property, including the resort’s mangrove reforestation area, one of the most important in the Mexican Caribbean.

During their backdoor tour of the resort, the visitors saw first-hand the technology that is used to operate the hotel, which allows for significant savings in energy and resources. Due to these efforts, the resort is considered a national example by SEMARNAT and has been presented as a success in tourism fairs in London, Spain and Berlin.

Among its environmental practices, the resort is built 2.8 meters above sea level on stilts that allow free movement of water flows. It also maintains an energy efficiency that reduces 38 percent in energy consumption of electric air conditioners and 70 percent of lighting. The water rationing system and use of 100 percent biodegradable and recycled products allows for the reduction of 40 percent of consumption of water and solid waste.

Nestled in a 326-acre pristine nature park in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, Hacienda Tres Ríos is an endless luxury, all-inclusive resort in the Mexican Caribbean, forty-five minutes south of Cancun International Airport. Opened in November 2008, Hacienda Tres Ríos is the first resort of five at Tres Ríos Nature Park. The resort boasts 273 suites using natural materials. At the forefront of sustainable tourism development, Hacienda Tres Rios creates amazing guest experiences while also protecting the region’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. The Tres Ríos Nature Park is open exclusively for resort guests, and offers guided nature tours through mangrove forests, snorkeling in cenotes and rivers, and daily activities for children. For more information,visit http://www.haciendatresrios.com/

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