Caroline Venditti | August 4, 2015 1:00 PM ET
Environmental Sustainability at Sirenis
Last year’s grand opening of the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa Ecosirenis nursery exemplified a commitment to environmental protection. The nursery, named Vivero, exhibits five ecosystems featuring the 22 different species of vegetation the resort is home to. Guided tours of the conservation area are now offered to guests to educate them and plant a respect for nature in their hearts. Visual displays of Mayan traditions are placed along the winding paths of lush greenery to honor the resort’s ties to one of the most environmentally conscious civilizations.
The opening of Vivero was only a kickoff to several upcoming Ecosirenis projects. Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya has since introduced eco-tours that allow guests yet another opportunity to explore, up-close and personal, the awe-inspiring environment and wildlife that inhabit the region. In addition to the variety of vegetation that thrive on the property, the resort’s beaches are also populated by various animals including the Black Iguana, the Cinnamon Hummingbird, and the Social Flycatcher. Guests can participate in the eco-tours either on foot or by bike.
The Sirenis Hotels Group strongly believes that one of its main priorities to ensure its continuity and success in the tourist sector is the respect and preservation of the environment.
Tourism and the environment are linked. Respecting the environment, a rational approach to development, sensible use of the natural resources, and minimizing the effect on the environment all go hand in hand with maintaining an attractive tourist offer, guest satisfaction and loyalty towards the hotel chain, together with the awareness of the Group's staff, clients and society in general.
Sirenis Hotels & Resorts’ company policy is based on three basic lines of action:
• The conviction that social responsibility should be a company policy, involving all its components
• A commitment to achieve the highest possible levels of client satisfaction
• Using procedures which are totally respectful of the environment and sustainable development.
Our counterparts from Spain recently posted “Eco-Sirenis Travel Tips” for our environmentally conscious guests at Sirenishotels.me. Take a look!
The post states: “Sirenis Hotels & Resorts is committed to protecting the environment. Climate change is impacting the environment in ways that affect populations and productive activities, as well as ecosystems and natural resources. Analyzing its implications and trends is an obligation for human development planning, for our productive activities, our engagement in environmentally friendly practices like linen and towel re-use, recycling and composting, solar panels, etc.
These seem like really good tips to follow while on vacation:
• Use biodegradable reef-friendly sunscreen
• Don’t forget to turn off air conditioner / heater when you are not using it.
• Never leave lights on when you are not in the room.
• Lower the thermostat when you leave the room for long periods of time.
• If your destination is a warm climate then close the drapes. This will keep the room cooler.
• Leave unopened shampoo, soap, and other items in the hotel unless you are taking it home to use.
• Avoid room service and carry-out which increase waste.
• Use water sparingly. In some places this is a very scarce resource.
• Never buy items made from endangered species.
• Walk or use public transportation.
• Grab only the maps and brochures that you will actually use. If in a large group, share brochures whenever possible.
• Take pictures and leave the location as you found it. Never remove wildlife from its natural environment including shells, flowers and coral.
• Avoid destroying vegetation.
• Buy locally produced produce in order to reduce the pollution required to import goods.
A great tip is to remember to act in a hotel like you would at home – avoid getting clean towels when not necessary, don’t have long showers and something frequently forgotten is to turn off the television, lights and air conditioner when you leave the room. Often, housekeeping will swap out your towels even if you follow the “towel on the floor means exchange” rule.
• Every kilo counts when flying. The more a plane weighs the more carbon emissions it produces. Pack only what you need – the environment will thank you.
• Let reception know if you see a water leak anywhere.
• Collect your rubbish when on the beach or out and about
• Don’t throw lit cigarettes out of the car window – during the summer it’s very easy to cause a fire
Thank you for generous support; with your contribution you give a voice to the environment. Together we make a difference!”
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