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Dominican Republic property recertified by Green Globe


Barcelo Punta Cana recognized for commitment to sustainability

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Mar 16, 2012

Barcelo Punta Cana recognized for commitment to sustainability
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LOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe today announced recertification of the Barcelo Punta Cana Hotel, located on Playa Arena Gorda in the Punta Cana region on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. The hotel is dedicated to preserving this leading touristic destination for generations of travelers to come, ensuring that beaches continue to meet high environmental standards for water quality and environmental management, safety and services, and environmental education and information.

Barcelo Hotels and Resorts continuously play an important role in the travel and tourism industry’s worldwide environmental efforts. On a corporate level, Barceló Hotels and Resorts have initiated sustainable efforts in the following six categories: waste management, power-saving and biodegradable products, sustainable design and construction, training to obtain greater ecological awareness among employees and staff, shared information inviting guests to reuse towels and sheets, and restoration of the native ecosystem surrounding the resorts.

“Commitment to sustainability is a valued company practice for Barcelo Hotels & Resorts," affirmed Sandy Pfeil, General Manager at Barcelo Punta Cana, "Our hotel is proud to be recognized for our green efforts, as we continue to provide a quality experience for guests while protecting our surrounding environment."

The Dominican Republic, in the heart of the Caribbean, offers a unique environment in which visitors can find some of the world’s most beautiful, white-sand beaches, distributed along 1,575 kilometers of coastline boasting turquoise-colored waters, lush vegetation, and colorful coral reefs.

The Barcelo Punta Cana on Playa Arena Gorda is surrounded by tropical gardens of more than 400,000 square meters. Its seabed near Playa Bavaro boasts several kilometers of coral reef, a very rich fauna and flora, and a great diversity of colors and shapes, which makes this seabed one of the most coveted in the world for scuba diving. Furthermore, visitors can explore two sunken ships in the nearby areas during professionally-guided excursions by the hotel.

Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, said: “We are pleased to recertify Barcelo Punta Cana. The successful completion of the certification process demonstrates once more that this resort maintains and practices a strong commitment to the principles of both environmental and social sustainability. The hotel invites guests to join them in their environmental efforts and energy-saving practices every day. Tourists can enjoy the beautiful nature and beaches surrounding the resort – all while relaxing in the comfort of knowing these are environmentally-friendly accommodations.”

ABOUT BARCELO PUNTA CANA

Barcelo Punta Cana welcomes guests from all over the world to its elegant Mediterranean-inspired, all-inclusive beachfront resort boasting a long stretch of dazzling powder-soft beach on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. White-washed buildings blanketed by red-tiled roofs exude Spanish charm at this resort on Playa Arena Gorda, offering 798 elegantly-appointed guestrooms with breathtaking views of brilliant blue-green ocean, verdant tropical gardens, or the lagoon-style swimming pool meandering through the property.

Barceló Hotels & Resorts has created a new concept of a “Beach Resort” in Punta Cana. It has been a big success ever since its establishment in 1985. This concept has been extended to other hotel complexes in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Riviera Maya (Mexican Caribbean).

Barcelo Punta Cana offers an endless number of activities and facilities so that you can freely enjoy the restaurants; bars; discos; shows; sports facilities like tennis, mini-golf, pool, basketball, football, golf; shops; and a lot more, always on the “Barceló All-Inclusive” basis. Couples will discover endless opportunities for romantic encounters, while families delight in a host of kid-friendly amenities including a Kid’s Club, mini disco, playground, and pool.

The Barcelo Premium Punta Cana is located on a long stretch of pearl-white soft sand on Playa Arena Gorda in the Punta Cana region of the Dominican Republic. It is situated 32 kilometers from Punta Cana International Airport, 65 kilometers to Higuey, the nearest city, and 205 kilometers from Santo Domingo, the capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For more information, please visit www.barcelopuntacana.com .

Contact: Barcelo Punta Cana, Playa Arena Gorda, Carretera Macao, Punta Cana/Bavaro Beach, Dominican Republic, Phone: 1 809 476 7777, Fax: 1 809 412 2288 , Email: puntacana@barcelo.com

ABOUT GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATION

Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally-accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA, and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information, visit www.greenglobe.com .

Source: greenglobe.com



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