Last Straw: AMResorts Eliminates Plastic Straws At All Resorts
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
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AMResortsis completely eliminating the use of plastic straws across its seven luxury resort brands.
Effective immediately, staff at all 55 AMResorts properties are no longer serving drinks with straws and will provide alternative, biodegradable options for guests upon request. Given the company’s large footprint in popular beach destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, eliminating straws is a step forward in its wildlife conservation and environmental sustainability initiatives.
“AMResorts welcomes thousands of guests annually and knows the power a seemingly simple act can have on protecting the oceans and beaches our resorts call home,” said Jan LaPointe, VP of Strategic Retail Sales North America. “Our priority is to provide guests with an unmatched resort experience while maintaining eco-friendly practices in the process.”
Since launching in 2001, responsible travel has been a cornerstone in AMResorts’ standard operating procedures. The efforts take on many forms across all resorts to leave a positive mark on each destination, from actively supporting wildlife conservation programs to developing initiatives to benefit local communities.
The majority of AMResorts properties are Rainforest Alliance Certified, and several are part of Amigos de Sian Ka’an, an organization dedicated to the sustainability and conservation of the local communities in the Sian Ka’an biosphere throughout Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.