The Lodge at Chaa Creek Recertified Green Globe

San Ignacio, 24 September 2011 - Green Globe Certification today announced the recertification of The Lodge at Chaa Creek, Belize.

Green Globe Certification CEO Guido Bauer said: “The Lodge at Chaa Creek is one of the more exemplary Green Globe-certified properties. From its inception, the owners, managers, and staff of this eco-resort have dedicated their business to sustainable development, as well as presenting a quality eco-tourism experience.

“There seems no sustainable practice that Chaa Creek has not built into its operations. And some of these activities are not ones that are usually considered when we think about responsible tourism in beautiful natural locations.

“The resort contributes directly to staff health and welfare through the provision of health care treatment, equipment, and supply of medicines. They also work with local law enforcement agencies to protect the welfare of staff and guests, as well as establishing a neighborhood watch program for the local community.

“Beyond the excellent interpretive activities based on the rainforest location, Chaa Creek demonstrates that social commitment is also part of true sustainability."

Chaa Creek owner and General Manager Mr. Mick Fleming said: “We’re, of course, pleased to once again achieve Green Globe certification, as their goals are very much aligned with Chaa Creek’s – to promote environmental responsibility and raise awareness of the need for sustainable development of the world’s natural resources.

“Since welcoming our first guests in 1981, we’ve recognized that those of us promoting tourism in places with such beautiful yet fragile environments such as Belize have a very real responsibility to protect those resources.

“As we’ve grown over the years and now employ over 125 Belizeans, so has that sense of responsibility, and I like to think this is reflected in our operations and the attitude of all staff members. The Green Globe certification is an important recognition of this, and serves as a reminder that such efforts are important not only for Chaa Creek, but for responsible travel worldwide."

About The Lodge at Chaa Creek The Lodge at Chaa Creek is set within a private 365-acre nature reserve and features a Natural History Centre, Butterfly Farm, professional spa, Maya Medicinal Plant Trail and traditional organic farm, beautiful large thatched roof restaurant, lounge and conference center, as well as 23 thatched cottage accommodations, suites, and villas with private Jacuzzis and sundecks, all in tropical garden settings. The resort has been recognized worldwide for a focus on sustainable, responsible tourism and Maya culture.

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