As host of the ILTM Americas, Fairmont Mayakoba offers innovative and responsible tourism experiences
Riviera Maya Mexico, September 18, 2012– Traveling to discover new worlds and have authentically local experiences, with the least environmental impact, are key components that define the contemporary luxury traveler. Fairmont Mayakoba, host of the first edition of ILTM Americas, offers participants of the world’s leading luxury travel expo the possibility of discovering innovative and responsible tourism practices.
Since opening in 2006, Fairmont Mayakoba has been committed to environmental care and sustainability bringing to reality the harmonious equilibrium between luxury and nature. Its construction contemplated the use of recycled and sustainable materials whenever possible, the relocation of more than 10,000 plants and a commitment to implement actions to conserve the natural resources, support the development of local communities and encourage guests to actively participate in the conservation of the environment while providing facilities and premium experiences in a majestic setting surrounded by mangroves, rainforest, water canals and the spectacular turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean.
“Sustainability includes not only environmental management but also socio-cultural aspects and economic benefits to local communities” mentioned Ian L. Robinson, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Fairmont Mayakoba. “In our commitment to promote responsible tourism, we are pleased to participate in ILTM, Americas and share luxury experiences in harmony with nature and, our knowledge to a real sustainable tourism with unique services with true value for the sophisticated traveler”.
Guests attending ILTM Americans can participate in sustainable practices even before their arrival to the Riviera Maya. The hotel invites all guests to help underprivileged children by supporting Pack for a Purposeprogram, in which the empty space left in their luggage can be used to bring a donation for the community centers of Save the Childrenin Playa del Carmen. The list of donations such as school supplies, books and learning games can be found at:
During the day, travelers can participate in different activities to discover the beauty of the surroundings. Boarding a lancha (electric boat) with biologist Rosaura Cuevas, Ecology and Social Responsibility Manager of the resort, guests will be guided on an adventure to discover the more than 250 species living around the hotel such as turtles, herons, fish, coatis, and even deer. This is a unique opportunity to experience the resort’s tangible commitment to the local environment.
Furthermore, as host Hotel, some of the programs that ILTM Americas participants may discover include:
- The food products, whenever possible are organic, local and obtained via fair treatment practices, including the Chef’s Garden with native products as chaya and habanero chile.
- The endangered species, such as Chilean sea bass, shark and blue fin tuna are not offered in any of our menus and closed seasons are strictly respected.
Support Mayan Communities and Social Responsibility:
- Fairmont has donated $10.000 USD for a group of Mayan women who are dedicated to making medicinal products derived from honey to support the family economy. Through this program, women have managed to develop and market their products, these products can be found at Willow Stream Spa. In gratitude, the community donated a “meliponary”, an area where two hives of native stingless bees called Meliponas live, which is very important in the Mayan culture.
- Muyil Forest and Float Tour: This off-site tour is operated by Community Tours Sian Ka’an, a community-based operator supported by the World Heritage Alliance. Fairmont donated $ 5,000 USD for the construction of toilets in Muyil, installation essential for the operation of the tour and the cooperative.
- Fairmont Babies Room, the hotel has an area enabled for employees who are breastfeeding can express and store milk for their babies. In this way, they can ensure the best nutrition for their children and not be forced to choose between their professional and economic development and breastfeeding.
Greening our Greens:
El Camaleon Mayakoba golf course, managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, participates in the Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuaries, an organization which sets guidelines for an international system of wildlife and environmental conservation. Through our participation, we have developed an extensive integrated management plan for ongoing improvements to our golf courses called “Greening Our Greens”. The program offers practical ways for our courses to make positive changes, while working toward the larger goal of achieving certification from Audubon International.
Every year (November through March, with the best month being February) millions of black and orange monarch butterflies find their way to Mexico. The monarchs’ annual journey, encompassing more than 2,500 miles, takes the butterflies from Canada and the northeast United States to their winter home in Michoacán, where, in some areas, they can number four million per acre of land. With their four-inch wingspans, the monarchs cloak fir trunks and hang on boughs in clusters of tens of thousands. Up to 250 million monarchs winter in the region pulsating in the trees and creating one of nature’s brilliant displays. A Mexican legend says that the souls of the dead are reborn as monarch butterflies. Organized tours are available from the capital city of Morelia. Read more and see a video clip….
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History, art, nature and a culture of mining come to life in Real de Asientos, Aguascalientes, Mexico. An ancient city, Real de Asientos dates back to 1548, when it was founded by the congregation of a religious group. Over the past few centuries, Real de Asientos transformed into a mining town, and then to a city of great mystery. Read more…
The tacos of San Felipe, a town on the coast of Baja California in Mexico, are getting global recognition. Earlier this month, the Daily Beast published the Newsweek article “Top Chefs Choose 101 Best Places to Eat Around the World.” Renowned chefs participated in this global survey in order to compile a list of must-eats. Representing Mexico are the delicious tacos – specifically from taco trucks – located downtown San Felipe. The article recommends trying the carnitas and al carbon tacos, but the true specialty of San Felipe is its fish tacos. Read more…
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Tupperware Brands and the Global Fairness Initiative Announced “Empowering Women in Mexico” study findings at Press Conference in Mexico City Showing Socio-economic shifts among Tupperware and Fuller Cosmetics sales force and greater spending ability on education and technology
Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE: TUP), a global direct-selling company with a strong sales presence in Mexico, through its Tupperware and Fuller businesses has announced findings from a new independent research study that analyzes the economic and social impact of empowering women in Mexico. The Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing economic opportunities for women entrepreneurs partnered with Tupperware Brands on the independent study. Findings were presented by Tupperware Brands Chairman and CEO Rick Goings and GFI Executive Director Caleb Shreve at a press conference held in Mexico City.
The study, commissioned by Tupperware Brands, and conducted by GFI and IBOPE Inteligencia, a Latin American research and survey firm, sought to determine the extent to which Tupperware Brands’ business model promotes empowerment, financial security and socioeconomic mobility among its Mexican sales force. Tupperware Brands initiated the study to learn more about its economic and social impact in Mexico, a priority market, and to understand how and why its unique approaches to training, rewarding and recognizing its sales force are creating successful, empowered business women.
“Our research validates our mission as a global company – to help women around the world change their lives and therefore the lives of those around them, having a vital impact on their local communities and national economies,” said Rick Goings, CEO of Tupperware Brands. “When our salesforce in Mexico was asked ‘What happened in your life as a result of engaging with Tupperware Brands?’, not only did they share how their lives had changed professionally as entrepreneurs, but also how they had personally changed – becoming confident and socially empowered.”
The company operates two businesses in Mexico with a combined sales force of more than 700,000: Tupperware Mexico, which sells food storage and serving solutions for the kitchen and home, and Fuller Cosmetics, which sells beauty and personal care products. The study included interviews with 1,600 Tupperware and Fuller saleswomen in six Mexican states. Top-line study findings include:
Tupperware and Fuller business models are effective in creating financial independence and improving a woman’s social and/or economic situation. For example, Tupperware saleswomen, depending on their level of achievement, are able to generate a salary equal to other women with professional jobs outside of the home, including teachers, nurses and even doctors.
99% of the Tupperware sales force reported their financial status improved as a result of joining Tupperware with 48% reporting greater solvency and 35% stating they were self-sufficient as a result of their Tupperware business opportunity.
Women also reinvest in their businesses to strategically grow their sales showing that Tupperware/Fuller is not just viewed as a way to meet basic needs now, but is also a long-term career with a consistent, sustainable income stream.
The Tupperware and Fuller business models helped the sales force develop skills in financial and business management, public speaking, sales, improved social skills and the ability to represent oneself in a positive way. Confidence and courage in their skills and abilities are a byproduct of the strong training the women receive.
Through the training and strong culture of giving that is promoted in Tupperware Brands, the women now have an entrenched attitude of giving back and participating in social programs in their municipalities, children’s schools, local churches and more.
Tupperware Brands’ business model and strategy help women become leaders and feel confident in their leadership. With a newfound, strong self-image, more than half of women see themselves as enterprising and leaders both today and in the future. Most reported being shy and lacking the confidence to lead businesses or speak in public prior to joining the company.
As Tupperware helps saleswomen improve their socio-economic levels (from lower middle class to middle class), their expenditure on education doubles along with access to household goods and technology. Members of the Tupperware sales force are four times more likely to own a computer and nearly 50% more likely to own and use a cell phone than the general Mexican population of the same socio-economic level.
Karen Tramontano, Founder and President of GFI said, “As an organization committed to creating social and economic opportunity for women entrepreneurs the Global Fairness Initiative was very pleased to work with Tupperware Brands whose direct reach to a sales force of millions of women entrepreneurs is unrivaled. As our study shows, both Tupperware and Fuller have had a remarkable impact on the personal, social and economic empowerment of women in their Mexico sales force and offer a laudable example of a business where the empowerment of women is a fundamental part of the corporate culture.”
Analyzing the Mexican economy and Tupperware Brands’ place in it, GFI observed that unemployment rates have decreased in Mexico, yet salaries have fallen behind the pace of inflation and there are limited employment opportunities for women. This study found that direct sales jobs like those offered by Tupperware Brands – which offer increased flexibility and the potential for income and rewards based on an individual’s effort rather than education level or previous employment history – provide a lifeline for women seeking financial solvency and supplemental income for their families.
Tupperware Brands is successfully breaking down gender barriers because it fully incorporates women’s empowerment and personal development into sales strategy and corporate culture. Interestingly, the empowerment processes of Tupperware and Fuller are uniquely different, but both offer effective opportunities for empowerment and personal development beyond direct selling activities that make a meaningful impact in women’s lives socially and financially. Focus groups showed that the majority of women have increased confidence in sharing their skills and actively support social programs in the communities where they live and work.
89% of Tupperware saleswomen said their lives have changed significantly since joining the business
99% credit the company with improving their financial status
45% of Fuller saleswomen see themselves as future leaders in the business
76% of Tupperware and 59% of Fuller sales women said their family relationships had improved with greater support and more family time
These statistics show the attractiveness of the direct selling opportunity to women who want and need an income while maintaining a flexible schedule.
About Tupperware Brands Corporation Tupperware Brands Corporation is a portfolio of global direct selling companies, selling innovative, premium products across multiple brands and categories through an independent sales force of 2.7 million. Product brands and categories include design-centric preparation, storage and serving solutions for the kitchen and home through the Tupperware brand and beauty and personal care products for consumers through the Armand Dupree, Avroy Shlain, BeautiControl, Fuller Cosmetics, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, and Nuvo brands.
About the Global Fairness Initiative The Global Fairness Initiative (GFI) promotes a more equitable, sustainable approach to economic development for the world’s working poor by advancing fair wages, equal access to markets, and balanced public policy to generate opportunity and end the cycle of poverty. For more information, visit http://www.globalfairness.org.
About the Study The Global Fairness Initiative and IBOPE Inteligencia analyzed responses from focus groups and face-to-face interviews of 1,600 Tupperware and Fuller saleswomen in six cities throughout Mexico from November 2011 through May 2012.
Unlimited Calling to Mobile Phones in Mexico Now Available with New Vonage World Mexico Sin Limites; Also Includes Unlimited Calling to Mexico Landlines
HOLMDEL, N.J., Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG) today introduced a new international calling plan, Vonage World Mexico Sin Limites. The plan provides customers with unlimited(1) calling to any phone in Mexico, including mobiles. Additionally, customers will enjoy all the benefits of the popular Vonage World calling plan including unlimited calling to the U.S. and more than 60 other countries.
“Calls to a mobile phone in Mexico from the U.S. with major carriers’ best rates cost consumers $0.25 per minute. Now for one low price, Vonage World Mexico Sin Límites gives customers the ability to talk to family and friends in Mexico as much as they want, even if they are calling to a mobile phone,” said Mike Tempora, Senior Vice President, Product Management for Vonage. “That’s a savings of 30-60% versus the best international residential calling plans from major carriers(2).”
The plan is offered for $39.99 per month, plus taxes and fees, and comes with the innovative Vonage Extensions™ service, which allows customers to extend their Mexico Sin Límites plan to their mobiles at no additional charge and make calls.
About Vonage Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a leading provider of communications services connecting individuals through cloud-connected devices worldwide. Our technology serves approximately 2.4 million subscribers. We provide feature-rich, affordable communication solutions that offer flexibility, portability and ease-of-use. Our Vonage World plan offers unlimited calling to more than 60 countries with popular features like call waiting, call forwarding and visual voicemail —for one low monthly rate. Vonage’s service is sold on the web and through regional and national retailers including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Kmart and Sears, and is available to customers in the U.S. (http://www.vonage.com), Canada (http://www.vonage.ca) and the United Kingdom (http://www.vonage.co.uk).
Vonage Holdings Corp. is headquartered in Holmdel, New Jersey. Vonage® is a registered trademark of Vonage Marketing LLC, owned by Vonage America Inc.
(1) Unlimited calling and other services are for residential plans and are based on normal residential, personal, non-commercial use. A combination of factors is used to determine abnormal use including but not limited to the number of unique numbers called, calls forwarded, minutes and other factors. See Vonage Reasonable Use Policy and Terms of Service on vonage.com.
(2) Savings claim based on other major carriers’ best international residential calling plans when calling 300 minutes/month to any phone in Mexico.
Extensions™ calls made from mobiles use airtime and may incur surcharges, depending on the user’s mobile plan.
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