Mexican President Points to Riviera Maya Green Resort as Economic Example

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President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa revealed the official inaugural plaque of the sustainable luxury tourism hotel in the Mexico Caribbean, Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort, Spa & Nature Park. With a 60 million dollar investment, the green resort in the Riviera Maya has generated thousands of jobs and an economic flow of 30 million dollars this year.

Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, President of Mexico

“We have come to a happy conclusion between ecological values and performance goals of an investment of this nature.

With a message emphasizing the importance of economic growth through ecotourism, the Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa unveiled the inaugural plaque at Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort, Spa & Nature Park marking the official opening of the eco-friendly Riviera Maya resort.

“It is an honor that this hotel is the result of the vision and efforts made by Mexican entrepreneurs—a 60 million dollar investment—with good results in the creation of job opportunities. About 1,000 employees were needed for the first stage of construction, in addition to the 1,000 job opportunities that were generated in benefit of the Riviera Maya population,” said President Calderón during his speech at the inauguration Tuesday afternoon.

Pointing out the resort’s best environmental practices, Calderón added: “We must find the ideal formula, the correct formula to continue to preserve the environment while at the same time generate investment, economic growth, and employment opportunities that are of prime importance for society and government.”

With an economic profit of 30 million dollars this year and through its eco-friendly initiatives, the resort has become a leader in sustainable luxury development recognized as such by SEMARNAT, the highest Mexican authority in environmental issues.

“We have come to a happy conclusion between ecological values and performance goals of an investment of this nature. And a happy conclusion of interest because today’s markets are increasingly willing to consider—in the value of tourism services—the environmental attributes of such projects,” said Romárico Arroyo, vice president of the Tres Ríos Development Group.

“Apart from the happy conclusion, it is a great advantage for us in this region and in this country, because we are rich in natural resources and we must take advantage of it with great consciousness and with the responsibility to preserve and improve,” Romárico Arroyo added.

President Calderón arrived to the exclusive green resort alongside the governor of the state of Quintana Roo, Felix Gonzalez Canto; federal tourism secretary, Gloria Guevara Manzo; mayor of the Solidaridad Municipality in Playa del Carmen, Roman Quian Alcocer; president of the state congress Luis Gonzalez Flores and president of the state’s Superior Court Lizbeth Loy Song. The resort’s guests were warmly welcomed by Orlando and Romárico Arroyo, president and vice president of the Tres Ríos Development Group, respectively; by Cristina Alcayaga, president of the Caribbean Business Council, and Quintana Roo’s tourism secretary, Sara Latife Ruiz Chavez.

Vice president Arroyo was in charge of explaining the detailed design, construction, and operation of the innovative property that has become one of the leading green hotels in México and recognized internationally by Green Globe, World Heritage Alliance, and Rainforest Alliance.

President Calderón revealed the inaugural plaque of the luxury, all-inclusive resort and was invited to sign the Golden Book of Distinguished Guest before heading towards the main garden where the official inaugural ceremony took place.

During the inaugural event, the governor of the state pointed out that Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort is an example that the state’s investments have overcome the challenges and continue to move forward.

“This magnificent complex that takes advantage of the natural beauty around it in an extraordinary way is an important source of employment opportunities, but it is also characterized by world class facilities with a tremendous commitment to sustainable luxury development. This is proven with the recognition as Best All Inclusive Hotel and Best Environmentally Friendly Hotel by the World Travel Awards,” stated the Governor Gonzalez.

This project, Gonzalez added, “Could only be a concept conceived and executed by a man who has been characterized throughout his life for his significant initiatives such as my friend Romárico Arroyo, who I cordially salute and give my recognition to his important efforts.”

During the event, in the presence of press, business representatives, state and federal government officials—including Commander of the XXXIV Military Zone Anastasio Garcia Rodriguez and Commander of the Naval Region Vice Admiral Carlos Octavio Angulo—Romárico Arroyo emphasized that the completion of the first phase of Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort is a major step for the hotel group.

Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort, Spa & Nature Park in the Riviera Maya forms part of Sunset World which is integrated by Orlando Arroyo, Romárico Arroyo, Jorge Pallas, and Arturo Marcelín, who for more than 20 years have pushed the development and growth of the hotel and tourism industry in the Mexican Caribbean. With more than 800 hotel rooms, the tourist consortium brings together a large number of companies, including six exclusive resorts in Cancún and the Riviera Maya (Sunset Royal, Sunset Lagoon, Sunset Fishermen, Ocean Spa Hotel, Laguna Suites, and Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort). The group is also responsible for generating about 1,000 direct employment opportunities for the community.

About Hacienda Tres Rios
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 and featuring breathtaking views of the tranquil Caribbean Sea. 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


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