Fairmont Mayakoba Set to Host ILTM Americas Luxury Show
Fairmont Mayakoba will host the first ILTM Americas, a regional luxury travel show that will take place Oct. 1-3. The property is offering show participants the chance to discover innovative and responsible tourism practices. Since opening in 2006, Fairmont Mayakoba has been committed to environmental care and sustainability.
The resort uses recycled and sustainable materials whenever possible, has relocated more than 10,000 plants and is committed to conserving natural resources, supporting the development of local communities and encouraging guests to actively participate in the conservation of the environment during their stay. The property is surrounded by mangroves, a rainforest, water canals and the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean.
“Sustainability includes not only environmental management but also socio-cultural aspects and economic benefits to local communities,” said Ian 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 Americas 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 by clicking here.
During the day, travelers can board a lancha (electric boat) with biologist Rosaura Cuevas, ecology and social responsibility manager of the resort, for a guided adventure to discover the more than 250 species living around the hotel, including turtles, herons, fish, coatis, and even deer. Some of the programs that ILTM Americas participants can discover include:
Green Cuisine: The hotel’s 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. Endangered species, such as Chilean sea bass, shark and blue fin tuna are not offered in any menus and closed seasons are strictly respected.
Support Mayan Communities and Social Responsibility: Fairmont has donated $10.000 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 developed and marketed their products, which 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.
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 for the construction of toilets in Muyil.
Fairmont Babies Room: The hotel has an area 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, participates in the Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuaries, an organization that sets guidelines for an international system of wildlife and environmental conservation. The hotel has developed an extensive integrated management plan for ongoing improvements to its golf courses called “Greening Our Greens.” The program offers practical ways for its courses to make positive changes, while working toward the larger goal of achieving certification from Audubon International.