This week, Fox News interviewed Tom Karnes, President of LaMacchia Travel Agency about the latest travel trend – socially responsible travel.
Karnes told Fox News´ Wake Up show that the way people travel today is changing a lot. Karnes says that the top two travel trends are “Travelling Real” – immersing in culture and “Traveling Responsibly” – i.e. travelling with a conscious.
Nowadays, travelers prefer to opt for travel companies that are helping the planet. That is in contrast to just going on vacation, sleeping all day, and doing a bunch of typically touristic activities.
Grupo Lomas on Fox News
Karnes says that Grupo Lomas is at the vanguard of this sustainability. This is true. Our organization fully believes in sustainable activities that reduce the negative effects of human activities on the environment.
Furthermore, this is not just an example of a company jumping on the social responsibility bandwagon either. The company`s founders, Sr. Jose Martinez Alday and Sra. Dolores Lopez Lira, first introduced socially responsible practices over 25 years ago.
In fact, in May this year, Grupo Lomas was awarded the Empresa Socialmente Responsible Award from the Mexican Council for Philanthropy (Cemefi) and the Mexican Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility (AliaRSE). With this important recognition, Grupo Lomas is certainly an industry pioneer in the field of sustainable tourism.
Take El Dorado Royale Spa Resort, by Karisma for example. Here, we have a 70,000 sq. ft. hydroponic greenhouse where we grow many different types of vegetables and a selection of herbs.
Water Purification Systems
In fact all of the El Dorado Spa Resorts are setting the environmental standard in Mexico. Our ozone systems replace all chemicals in the laundry room. Moreover, our filtering and recycling system converts 92% of the water we use into drinking water.
Energy-Saving Air Conditioners
El Dorado Spa Resorts also feature energy-saving air conditioners with electrical converters. We eliminate on-off cycles for increased efficiency. As well as reducing power consumption by 50%, it greatly reduces CO2 emissions.
Solar Powered Heating System
All the water heating systems at our hotels use solar energy. Consequently this enables us to reduce CO2 emissions.
Kan Kanan Artificial Reef
Longer than the Brooklyn Bridge, this monumental artificial reef was built with eco-friendly construction materials. This allows nutrients to attach themselves and sustain thousands of species of marine life. Besides that, the reef serves as a guardian to protect against shoreline erosion.
Find out more about working and traveling with Grupo Lomas. Get involved in our sustainability program and leave a positive carbon footprint on the planet.