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NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification

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 

 

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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:

 

Eco-certification

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:

  • NEPCon Sustainable Tourism certificates are issued for a renewable 3 year-period. Certified businesses, however, must undergo annual surveillance audits that monitor and verify continuous compliance.
  • All audits are performed by approved professional, experienced and third-party auditors.
  • NEPCon certified tourism businesses can use the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Seal to co-brand its certification status.
  • Read the NEPCon sustainable tourism standard here
  • Learn more about NEPCon and the NEPCon Sustainable Tourism Certification services.

 

Best practices

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.

Porta Hotel Antigua

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.

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Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa

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.

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Banyan Tree Mayakoba

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.

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Aldea de la Selva Lodge

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.

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