San Pancho Eco-destination Receives Sustainable Tourism Eco-certification Program Designation
Published Apr 3, 2009, 5:56pm - (Updated Nov 28, 2011, 6:20pm)
The Tailwind Outdoor eco-lodge located just north of Puerto Vallarta near the town of San Pancho, has been awarded a 2-star rating by the Sustainable Tourism Eco-certification Program (STEP). The prestigious STEP recognition offered by Sustainable Travel International, is the only global sustainable tourism certification program presented by a non-profit. The intention is to assist the tourism industry around the world in accordance with the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSCT). STEP addresses the major environmental, socio-cultural and economic issues including loss of biodiversity, climate change, water and waste management, economic development and social issues.
Brian T. Mullis, president of Sustainable Travel International puts it this way. “STEP is becoming ‘the gold standard’ in sustainable tourism certification in the travel and tourism industry because of the regimented and thorough criteria. As more committed tourism-providers embrace sustainability, we are starting to see a multiplier effect with companies like Tailwind Outdoor raising the bar for other hoteliers who may not be as ‘green’ as they claim and hopefully giving them something to aspire to.”
The co-founder and manager of Tailwind Outdoor, Tamara Jacobi, is proud of their recognition by STEP. She says, “We are genuinely grateful to Sustainable Travel International and to the STEP program for bringing our understanding of sustainability to an entirely new level and guiding us in implementing it within all aspects of our operations. STEP has heightened our overall awareness, and facilitated crucial new bonds and connections with the natural world and the community of San Pancho. Furthermore, STEP has inspired, motivated and set a new precedent at Tailwind. "