Sustainable Tourism in the Riviera Maya
Xcaret receives Ulysses Award for
Excellence and Innovation in Tourism
The Mexican company located in the Riviera Maya, Experiencias Xcaret, was creditor to the Ulysses Award in the category of “Innovation for Business” for its work in sustainable tourism. Globally, 24 companies participated for this prestigious award. Experiencias Xcaret is the first 100% Mexican company to receive this international award.
In this edition of Ulysses Awards, the Mexican company Experiencias Xcaret was creditor to the award in the category of “Innovation for Business” in which companies from 24 countries participated.
Since 2003, the UNWTO Ulysses Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism recognizes tourism initiatives that have contributed to the advancement of tourism through knowledge generation and innovation, in line with the Code of Ethics for Tourism WTO and the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Experiencias Xcaret is the first 100% Mexican company to receive this international award.
Conserving Natural and Cultural Heritage of Mexico
The Experiencias Xcaret Group owns land throughout the Riviera Maya, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, all of which has been turned into eco-archaeological parks that benefit visitors, employees and local community. The longstanding commitment of the Group in sustainable tourism, recreation and social responsibility is often cited as a pioneering example of how tourism can protect the land.
This international success has sparked many positive comments in favor of the Mexican company.
The Executive Director for Competitiveness, External Relations and Partnerships OMT, Márcio Favilla Lucca de Paula, acknowledged the group’s hard work:
“It is an example that inspires everyone.”
“The work in sustainable tourism as they do is important and a model for parks around the world” Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UNWTO.
Professor Jafar Jafari (left), renowned writer and member of the World Tourism Organization, accompanies Carlos Serrano (right), Heritage Project Coordinator receiving the Ulysses Award.
Carlos Serrano, Heritage Project Coordinator, receives the UNWTO Ulysses Prize.
Finalists: World Wine and Ecotourism Resorts and Spas, Loisium Hotel, Austria; Chanitata di Fiesta, University of Aruba, Aruba, and Calviá Beach Resorts, Meliá Hotels International, Spain.
The 2012 Winners from Austria, Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico and Spain, received their awards at a ceremony held at UNWTO Istanbul (Turkey).
Did You Know?
Experiencias Xcaret Group is the oldest member of Mexico in the World Tourism Organization. The group has worked hard year after year to be one of the largest companies worldwide, committed to the environment and providing an excellent environment for its employees and society in general.
For more information of the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism visit: http://know.unwto.org/en/content/unwto-awards-excellence-and-innovation-tourism.