Local Businesses Receive Sustainable Tourism Certifications
As part of the efforts by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (Tourism Co.) to promote the development of sustainable tourism on the island, CTPR Assistant Director Luis Daniel Muñiz Martínez presented special certifications on Tuesday to two local businesses.
La Jamaca Guest House, in the Parguera sector of the municipality of Lajas, received the Certification of Sustainable Tourism Installations, while La Hacienda Muñoz, located in San Lorenzo, was granted an Agritourism Certificate.
“We commend these businesses for their responsibility with sustainable development on the island,” said Muñiz Martínez, adding that achieving these certifications shows the businesses’ genuine commitment with their respective communities and the environment.
“We wish that the message of sustainable development in tourism spreads among the businesses that provide services to our visitors,” he added. “Tourists appreciate when a business takes their surroundings into consideration, which benefits everyone and helps in the conservation of the environment.”
Sustainable tourism, as defined by the World Tourism Organization, is any tourism activity that satisfies the needs of tourists and the host regions while protecting and improving future opportunities. It entails the management of all resources so that economic, social and aesthetic needs are met while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, and biological diversity, among others.
La Jamaca Guest house boasts 12 rooms in a rural and natural setting, while La Hacienda Muñoz, located in the San Lorenzo municipality, offers agricultural-themed tours, focusing on the history and production of coffee, and is located in some nine acres of land.