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>Reply-To: "Franklin McDonald" < fmcdonald@...>
>From: "Franklin McDonald" < fmcdonald@...>
>Subject: Hotel in Caribbean (Dominican Republic) wins Sust Tourism Award
>Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2001 14:54:02 -0500
>HOTELS AND RECREATION
>Grupo Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic wins sustainable tourism
>award By JAY NEWTON-SMALL
>© Earth Times News Service
><MAILTO: letters@...>Comments about this story.
>Everyone dreams of vacations to secluded beaches, and virgin,
>uncharted areas to explore. The desire to go off the beaten track
>has been very popular with many tourists of late, much to the
>delight of many small villages and islands around the world. But as
>more and more tourists come trampling through, this economic boon
>sometimes poses a danger to the environment and culture of a region.
>The International Commission for Sustainable Development of the
>United Nations and the Ministry of Environment chose Punta Cana
>Resort and Club during the International Conference on Biodiversity
>and Sustainable Tourism held in Santo Domingo.
>During the Biodiveristy and Sustainable Tourism International
>Conference, Grupo Punta Cana was selected as a model of sustainable
>tourism development in the Caribbean. The award was presented by
>Alejandro Herrera, director of the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation.
>Herrera praised Grupo Punta Cana for it's performance and dedication
>to the environment.
>"Members of the United nations for the Environment were amazed by
>this presentation quoting that they had heard the 'Sustainable
>Model' of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, but had not imagined
>that it counted on such precise programs," said Paola Rainieri, a
>public relations officer at Grupo Punta Cana.
>"We are pleased and honored by the designation. And we recognize our
>obligation to provide our guests with the finest vacation facility,
>while respecting the environment in which we conduct our business,"
>said Frank R. Rainieri, President and CEO of Grupo Punta Cana.
>The conference was attended by delegates from more than 30
>countries, representatives of seven international institutions of
>tourism and environment, as well as 11 nongovernmental organizations
>(NGOs). There were also scientists, industrial entrepreneurs and
>observers, among them Oliver Jalbert, Assistant Executive
>Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat.
>Grupo Punta Cana is a resort in the Dominican Republic. It offers
>tourists a taste of nature off the beaten track, while still doing
>it's best to preserve the natural environment. It is this unique
>combination or profit and environment that last week won Grupo Punta
>Cana this award.
>The hotel's Web site offers a description of its ecology: "For
>protection of the integrity of this natural treasure, the Punta Cana
>Group, besides all his inversions and effort in keeping the respect
>toward the environment, through the donation of 10 million square
>meters of land, to be kept as an "Ecology Reserve", have created the
>Punta Cana Ecological Foundation. In harmony with nature, a path has
>been opened so visitors can explore and know this singular beauty,
>where red mangrove, lagoon of crystal waters and few endemic
>species, are preserved in his natural habitat. The hotel has its own
>organic garden for fruits and vegetables open to the public."
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