Marriott International Reinforces its Commitment to the Conservation of Sea Turtles in Mexico
Turtle care initiatives are part of the social and environmental responsibility strategy at many of Marriott International's beach resorts across Mexico. From the beginning of June to the end of November, Marriott hotels team up with local organizations and partners to continue these conservation efforts. On many occasions, guests of all ages who are vacationing are invited to participate in such programs, both to witness the nesting process and to release the baby turtles.
Did you know that sea turtles return to the same beach where they were born to nest? Once the sea turtle reaches maturity, it returns to its haven to lay more eggs, thus ensuring that many generations will return to their hotels and guaranteeing its care.
Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar
The Turtle Conservation Program in Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar was created for the protection, monitoring, and conservation of sea turtles that nest on the hotel beach, and its objective is to contribute to the conservation and recovery of the population of sea turtles that arrive in this nesting area. The program was launched by the Network for the Protection of Sea Turtles in the Municipality of Los Cabos and is currently made up of 25 participants, including hotels, civil organizations, and government entities.
Each year, female sea turtles flock to Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Beach to spawn during nesting season. During 2019, 105 nests of the Golfina species were sheltered with a total of 10,463 eggs. The care that the hotel provides during this season is shared with the guests, who can help with the tours and cleaning of the nests, the incubation, and inspection of these, as well as the process of releasing the turtles into the sea.During 2019, 9,122 hatchlings were released from 105 nests.
The St. Regis Punta Mita
This hotel in Rivera Nayarit has teamed up with Red Tortugera A.C. and offers guests the experience of seeing how baby turtles hatch and slide until they reach the seashore to begin their life in the ocean. The experience is offered at Las Marietas beach and 90% of the cost of participation is allocated to the joint conservation program that they have with this non-profit organization.
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
For more than 16 years, the Sea Turtle Protection Program at Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa has become an educational tradition that is part of the hotel's philosophy. This labor of love not only unites young people, tourists, and locals from Puerto Vallarta but also brings together national and foreign universities, as well as various ecological organizations and associations.
The hotel works in coordination and under the supervision of internal biologists, as well as the National Institute of Ecology and the Municipal Department of Ecology. Marriott Puerto Vallarta actively participates in the fight for the conservation of the Golfina turtle, complying with all the procedures and requirements established by the authorities.
This initiative has safely delivered more than 70,000 baby turtles to the sea by the end of the 2019 season.
Marriott Cancun Collection
Year after year, thousands of sea turtles visit the beaches of Cancun intending to find a safe place to spawn. JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and Marriott Cancun Resort have a strong commitment to the environment and the protection of these endangered species. This is why both hotels have a conservation program where these nests are relocated and cared for until the young are strong enough to be released. Guests and associates participate in the turtle launches, contributing experiences to the SERVE 360 Program of Marriott International. Around 7,700 turtle eggs were fed and released during 2019.
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
For more than a decade, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun has transformed a portion of its beach into a natural sanctuary for sea turtles that reach the shores of Quintana Roo. This recovery has been achieved through the Community Footprints program that is part of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company brand operation programming. Every night, volunteers who work at the hotel and who have been certified by the local government, patrol the beach to collect, transfer, and take care of the eggs until they hatch and begin their journey to the sea.
Almost 40,000 eggs are released each year with an efficiency rate of 88-90%.