Nature, Economy and People Connected (NEPCon) is a global non-profit, mission-driven organization that works for sustainable land use and climate friendly solutions in over 100 countries around the world. Our vision is a world where human choices ensure a sustainable future. The NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification recognizes the sustainability efforts of accommodations and tour operators who are committed to responsible practices in the travel sector. The certification services are designed around the principles of sustainable development, addressing key environmental, social, cultural and economic topics; and are based on improved and innovative standards (recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council – GSTC) and third-party auditing systems (previously managed by Rainforest Alliance).
NEPCon sustainable tourism standard was was benchmarked against the GSTC standard
NEPCon sustainable tourism standard is compliant with following hearts of the
staygreen check :
NEPCon sustainable tourism standard performed as the Greenest Choice , according to the staygreencheck methodology. All the accommodations certified by NEPCon sustainable tourism standard will have the 4 heart of the staygreencheck. You can recognize them as follows:
In addition, the NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification services are organized to actively contribute to the travel industry efforts in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Tourism businesses can find in the NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Standards a reliable source of guidance and practical reference on how they can adopt and successfully insert these goals on their management systems.
Five key characteristics of the NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification services:
In the middle of the multicultural, biodiverse and hippie-chic Riviera Maya, white sand beaches and crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, Banyan Tree Mayakoba is the epitome of premium resort living, bringing Asian hospitality to the idyllic Riviera Maya at the Yucatan Peninsula. Nestled within a private, gated resort, Banyan Tree Mayakoba invites to an immersion in pristine nature while enjoying the Riviera Maya’s charm. Banyan Tree Mayakoba has 116 exquisitely designed villas and residences with one, two, or three bedrooms, all surrounded by forest, with spacious areas, luxurious Asian furniture, an own private pool, and much more. The villas are an intimate oasis surrounded by picturesque lagoons, lush mangroves, a PGA golf course, and beaches with sand as white as sugar. Banyan Tree Mayakoba sustainable practices are endorsed by NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification – Rainforest Alliance Certified.
8a. Calle Poniente # 1, Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
Porta Hotel Antigua is located in the colonial town of Antigua Guatemala, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Antigua Guatemala is considered a cultural jewel in Latin America for its unique colonial architecture, traditions and natural setting. Porta Antigua, previously known also as Hotel Antigua, is the hotel with most tradition in the destination for over 65 years. Each of its 110 rooms and suites, features traditional-style architecture accented with local Guatemalan crafts and textile.
Boulevard Benito Juarez 4 Bahia de Tangolunda, Santa Cruz Huatulco, Mexico
Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa is located in the idyllic and picturesque Bahía de Tangolunda, Huatulco, along Mexico’s Oaxacan coast. Its 421 exclusive luxury non-smoking rooms furnished with balconies, or terraces, offerspectacular views of Tangolunda Bay or the stunning Sierra Madre Mountains. Rooms are equipped with iPod docking stations, and selected rooms and suites boast a hot tub on the private balcony. During their stay, guests can also go jogging, snorkeling or relax at the spa. The hotel is nearby Copalita Waterfalls, La Bocana Lagoon and Rio Copalita.
Carretera Federal Chetumal, Puerto Juarez Km. 98, Chetumal, Mexico
Nestled within a private, gated resort, Banyan Tree Mayakoba invites to an immersion in pristine nature while enjoying the Riviera Maya’s charm. Banyan Tree Mayakoba has 116 exquisitely designed villas and residences with one, two, or three bedrooms, all surrounded by forest, with spacious areas, luxurious Asian furniture, an own private pool, and much more. The villas are an intimate oasis surrounded by picturesque lagoons, lush mangroves, a PGA golf course, and beaches with sand as white as sugar.
Selva Iriapu S/N, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Aldea de la Selva Lodge is immersed in the Iriapu Jungle and located a few kilometers away from Iguazu Falls National Park, one of the 7 Wonders of Nature of the World and an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an example of best practices of responsible tourism accommodation in the province of Misiones, Argentina. The lodge has 32 unique rooms in the middle of the Paranaense Forest with balconies overlooking the lush vegetation, where guests can enjoy the sounds of the jungle. All rooms are non-smoking and equipped with private bathroom, hair dryer, telephone, LCD cable TV, minibar, ceiling fan and air conditioning.