If your family is ready to head off on a dream vacation together but you’re focused on environmental impact, a new partnership between Mexico and Sustainable Travel International will be of interest to you. The country’s National Protected Area Commission (CONANP) has joined into a strategic partnership with that global non-profit that works to protect the most vulnerable destinations in the world.
Growing Eco-Travel Trends
Around the world, there has been a rising focus on being able to take vacations without harming the planet at the same time. Until now, tourism has been nearly synonymous with increased waste and a massive carbon footprint. Travel usually means using considerably more disposable products after taking modes of transportation that burn tremendous amounts of fossil fuels.
The new partnership between CONANP and Sustainable Travel International reflects a movement spreading across Mexico. This has placed a heavy focus on conservation, sustainability, and eco-friendliness. The country is showing that it can make efforts to engage tourists and protect ecosystems as vast as the Mesoamerican Reef while still providing a luxury experience.
The Sustainable Travel International and CONANP Partnership
The Sustainable Travel International and CONANP partnership is geared toward spreading awareness about the importance of conserving the Mesoamerican Reef. This 600 mile-long reef system is the second largest in the world. It extends along the Mexican coast but moves along the Belize, Guatemala and Honduras coasts as well.
That said, just as it is an important part of the world, Sustainable Travel International also wants the world to know its importance to the tourism industry. It is working with CONANP to show the value of the reef to the world but also to the economy. Over 12 million people travel to the Caribbean coast of Mexico each year and, whether they realize it or not, they benefit from the reef when they go snorkeling and diving. The reef also protects the region from storms, which are becoming more severe due to climate change. The reefs are also linked with the livelihoods of almost 2 million people in the area, generating $6.2 billion annually for the economy.
The Message is Spreading
You don’t need to stay on the Caribbean coast to take part in the trend Sustainable Travel International is helping to spread. If the large resorts aren’t the ideal for your family, luxury villa rentals can provide affordable alternatives. There, you can take other eco-tours and travel sustainably as you enjoy everything from river tours to tropical bird watching or releasing baby sea turtles. Mexico is becoming a prime affordable eco-travel destination.