Sensatori Resort Punta Cana & Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana: Guarding all that’s good in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Green Globe announces that Sensatori Resort Punta Cana and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana have both received their inaugural Green Globe certification for sustainable management and operation. These resort properties owned by Karisma Hotels & Resorts, have benefited through the application of Karisma’s Passion for Sustainability program, which guides and inspires respect for environmental conservation and socio-economic development for Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

In January 2017 Sensatori Resort Punta Cana and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana signed a Strategic Alliance with ECPAT Dominicana to establish a program to combat and prevent human trafficking and exploitation in all forms. Over 300 staff members have received direct training from both ECPAT Dominicana and hotel instructors, to prevent and actively respond to any potential situation for sexual exploitation inside and outside of the property, making Punta Cana a safer and more sustainable destination. The alliance continues through 2018 with the number of trained staff increasing and including suppliers, community representatives and local authorities.

Sensatori Resort Punta Cana and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana have in place a marine wildlife conservation campaign, which is actively communicated to guests. Through an internal sustainability channel, interactive screens on property and during the night shows, the resorts promote guidelines in order to preserve the health of natural ecosystems. The resorts also train all personnel on how to explain to guests the importance of these actions for the destination as well as the 100% commitment to keep not only the resort beach clean, but the public beaches of the destination. Last year the resort collected more than 300Kg of waste from public beaches in the Macao-Uvero Alto area and in 2018 have already started, with a beach clean up of a 2km stretch in the same area. This clean up retrieved more than 200Kg of waste.

During the last week of November 2017, the Second Workshop: Transforming Tourism Value Chains, organized by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), took place at the Grand Palladium Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The workshop´s goal was to map out value chains for the accommodation sector in Dominican Republic and assess potential hotspots at national, local and business levels for establishing new strategies to develop a more resource efficient and low carbon tourism industry in developing countries, small Islands and developing States (SIDS).

Sensatori Resort Punta Cana’s and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana’s owning company, Karisma Hotels & Resorts, had an active role in this workshop, with Mr. David A. Ortegón-Martínez, Sustainability Director of the Company, presenting the way in which Karisma’s program Passion for Sustainability is fully aligned with the Strategic goals of the company, its award-winning Gourmet Inclusive ExperienceTM and each one of its hotel and resort brands.

The next step on UNEP´s 4-year project, after gathering all the information from private and public actors related to the tourism industry, will be: Defining Climate Mitigation Strategies, Priority Areas and Solutions, and Key Environmental Hotspots in Dominican Republic and other states in the Caribbean. Karisma Hotels & Resorts will maintain its participation during the next few years in order to include all these strategies as part of its Passion for Sustainability Program and to contribute to the sustainability of tourism destinations worldwide

David Andrés Ortegón-Martínez, Corporate Sustainability Director for Karisma Hotels & Resorts says, “High-quality and consistent service for all our guests is only possible through the optimal management of all our resources and by being more efficient with the operation of our properties. All our efforts, time and resources are focused on our guests’ experience, generating a direct return on investment reflected in our guests’ satisfaction. This is why sustainability is one of our strategic corporate pillars.”

Green Globe 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 is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe is an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). For information, please visit greenglobe.com