Environmental Efforts Gain Momentum In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Nuevo Vallarta received its first impulse to become the first “Clean Tourist Destination” in Mexico; federal and state level environmental certificates were given to businesses in Nayarit; the Islas Marietas will have a new, modern vessel dedicated to their care.

During a ceremony held on October 31st at the Paradise Village Hotel in Nuevo Vallarta, the federal and state authorities related with the environment announced several activities to help increase the environmental efforts within the Riviera Nayarit and the state at large.

The head of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa, by its acronym in Spanish), Guillermo Haro Bélchez was in charge of announcing the Boost for Recognition of Nuevo Vallarta as a “Clean Tourist Destination.”

Besides signing the agreement, the encounter also provided a forum for the award of the Tourism Environmental Quality Certificates to businesses on a federal and state level on behalf of Profepa by the state Secretariat of Environment. Vallarta Adventures was one of the tourism-focused businesses that received a certificate.

“No one has any doubt that Nayarit is a great state with incredible natural resources and a calling for tourism,” declared Haro Bélchez. “That’s why today we want to establish a new momentum for us to attain recognition for Nuevo Vallarta as the first Clean Tourist Destination, something we’re close to achieving by the beginning of 2015.”

“We want Nayarit to become the banner state, the flagship for other clean tourism destinations,” added Guillermo Haro, as he pointed out the processes for consolidating the naming are quite advanced, which is why they are seeking for the area hotels to align themselves with the Profepa guidelines.

The Islas Marietas will have more protection

“One of the fundamental aspects is that we want to double down on our commitment to the surveillance and care of the Islas Marietas National Park,” commented Haro as he announced that at least one of the new vessels that were purchased together with the Department of the Navy will be dedicated exclusively to the care of the Islas Marietas along with the armada.

The vessel will be delivered before the end of the year in order to be able to better care for visitors, tourists and, above all, this natural heritage site.

Another topic mentioned was the Playa en Regla program, which seeks to regulate beach venders via more security in the federal zone. This initiative takes place all year long but will be reinforced in the Guayabitos area, where there are only 200 permits for vendors but at times there are around 1,000 at a time. 
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