Go ahead, Sandos Hotels & Resorts, give yourselves a well-deserved pat on the back, high-fives all around, a standing ovation, and maybe a pinch to grow an inch.
So what the heck is Rainforest Alliance Certification? The Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that works with many industries (not just travel) to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods in order to counter some of the biggest challenges we face today – deforestation, climate change, systemic poverty, and social inequity.
Sandos, whose Mexico properties are also all Travelife Gold Certified, joins an increasing number of resorts and hotels worldwide that achieve these important certifications by taking steps to reduce the carbon footprint of tourism, which is now a primary concern of a growing segment of travelers. Many all-inclusive resorts now incorporate the surrounding environment (instead of plowing it under), work closely with conservation groups to protect local land-and-marine wildlife, and have programs that help local communities as well.