President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa revealed the official inaugural plaque of the sustainable luxury tourism resort Hacienda Tres Ríos.
March 30, 2010 – With a message emphasizing the importance of economic growth through ecotourism, the Mexican President Felipe Calderón unveiled the inaugural plaque at Hacienda Tres Ríos, marking the official opening of the resort.
“This resort is the result of the vision and efforts made by Mexican entrepreneurs—a 60 million dollar investment—with good results in the creation of job opportunities. About 1,000 employees were needed for the first stage of construction, in addition to the 1,000 job opportunities that were generated in the Riviera Maya population,” said President Calderón during his speech at the inauguration Tuesday afternoon.
Pointing out the resort’s best environmental practices, Calderón added: “We must find the ideal formula to continue to preserve the environment while at the same time generate investment, economic growth, and employment opportunities that are of prime importance for society and government.”
With an economic profit of 30 million dollars this year and through its eco-friendly initiatives, the resort has become a leader in sustainable development recognized as such by SEMARNAT, the highest Mexican authority in environmental issues.
“We have come to a happy conclusion between ecological values and performance goals of an investment of this nature. And a happy conclusion of interest because today’s markets are increasingly willing to consider—in the value of tourism services—the environmental attributes of such projects,” said Romárico Arroyo, vice president of the Tres Ríos Group Development.
President Calderón arrived to the exclusive green resort alongside the governor of the state of Quintana Roo, Felix Gonzalez Canto; federal tourism secretary, Gloria Guevara Manzo; mayor of the Solidaridad Municipality in Playa del Carmen, Roman Quian Alcocer; president of the state congress Luis Gonzalez Flores and president of the state’s Superior Court Lizbeth Loy Song. The resort’s guests were warmly welcomed by Orlando and Romárico Arroyo, president and vice president of the Tres Ríos Development Group, respectively; by Cristina Alcayaga, president of the Caribbean Business Council, and Quintana Roo’s tourism secretary, Sara Latife Ruiz Chavez.
Vice president Arroyo was in charge of explaining the detailed design, construction, and operation of the innovative property that has become one of the leading green hotels in México and recognized internationally by Green Globe, World Heritage Alliance, and Rainforest Alliance.
President Calderón revealed the inaugural plaque of the luxury, all-inclusive resort and was invited to sign the Golden Book of Distinguished Guest before heading towards the main garden where the official inaugural ceremony took place.
During the inaugural event, the governor of the state pointed out that Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort is an example that the state’s investments have overcome the challenges and continue to move forward.
“This magnificent complex that takes advantage of the natural beauty around it in an extraordinary way is an important source of employment opportunities, but it is also characterized by world class facilities with a tremendous commitment to sustainable luxury development. This is proven with the recognition as Best All Inclusive Hotel and Best Environmentally Friendly Hotel by the World Travel Awards,” stated the Governor Gonzalez.
During the event, in the presence of press, business representatives, state and federal government officials—including Commander of the XXXIV Military Zone Anastasio Garcia Rodriguez and Commander of the Naval Region Vice Admiral Carlos Octavio Angulo—Romárico Arroyo emphasized that the completion of the first phase of Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort is a major step for the hotel group, responsible for generating about 1,000 direct employment opportunities for the community.