World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Honors Mayakoba Resort with 2011 Ulysses Prize for Sustainable and Responsible Tourism Development

Mayakoba Resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya has been presented with the prestigious Ulysses Award from the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Under the ‘Innovation in Enterprises’ section, Mayakoba garnered the award for ‘Responsible Tourism Development’.


The award follows the bestowal of a similar award last month from the Rainforest Alliance during a ceremony in New York.


The Ulysses Awards Ceremony was one of several important events which took place during the UNWTO Algarve Forum. The UNWTO, which is a specialized agency of the United Nations, is the leading international organization in the field of tourism and plays a central and decisive role in promoting the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. Mayakoba resort is a development of OHL Desarrollos and comprises three distinguished hotels set upon a mile of beachfront just north of the village of Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The hotels, the Fairmont Mayakoba, the Rosewood Mayakoba, and the Banyan Tree Mayakoba were built on a carefully prepared area of pristine beachfront where from the very start, responsible development took centre stage.


In receiving the Award, Andrés Pan de Soraluce, President of OHL Desarrollos applauded the efforts of the World Tourism Organization in raising awareness of the vital subject of sustainable development, and added “From the beginning of our development of Mayakoba, we wanted to achieve two things. Firstly, a resort which touched the environment lightly, leaving an unspoiled landscape for the enjoyment of our guests and future generations. Secondly, we wanted the resort to be among the finest in the world, an enclave within an enclave of natural yet magnificent hotels. We are delighted and honored to receive this award which commends the exceptional work of our environmentally-conscious team”.


Mayakoba is a large self-contained luxurious destination located on the enchanting Riviera Maya and retains a team of biologists to preserve the flora and fauna according to strict guidelines. Surrounded by natural beauty in its lagoons, pools, and dreamlike beaches, Mayakoba also offers a spectacular 18 hole golf course designed by the world-renowned golfer, Greg Norman, which is also the setting for The Mayakoba Golf Classic Tournament, Mexico’s only stop on the renowned PGA tour.


Six miles of freshwater lagoons that lead to a white sand beach with crystal clear waters on the Caribbean Sea connect all the hotels at this eco-sensitive tourist development. Guests are transported in boats via canals made exclusively for the resort, which have led to Mayakoba being known as “the Venice of the Yucatan.”


For more information, please visit www.mayakoba.com


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James Batt (English)/ Edna Vega (Spanish)

Mayakoba Marketing

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