The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) granted the Rainforest Inn with the Certificate of Sustainable Tourism Facilities, due to its efforts in supporting and promoting sustainable tourism on the Island. The Rainforest Inn, located in Rio Grande, is steps away from El Yunque National Forest.
“We are thrilled to have granted the Rainforest Inn with this certificate since they exceed all requirements and exhibit a strong commitment to preserve our environment,” said Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, Executive Director of PRTC. “One of the main reasons travelers make their way to Puerto Rico is to explore the Island’s natural treasures, so it is imperative that we preserve our environment.”
The Rainforest Inn has adopted various practices that work toward the conservation of the environment, including making use of LED lights, decreasing the use of air conditioning to reduce energy usage, collecting and reusing water from El Yunque, pursuing composting efforts and eliminating the use of pesticides to protect Puerto Rico’s flora and fauna.
According to the World Tourism Organization, sustainable tourism is defined as touristic activity that satisfies the needs of tourists and host regions while protecting and enhancing future opportunities. It entails the management of all resources in order for economic, social and aesthetic needs to be fulfilled while maintaining cultural integrity, essential ecological processes, biological diversity and systems of life support.