Carlos Álamo, Councillor for Tourism of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, underlined the importance of this certification. It is a major step towards reducing the environmental impact of the tourism sector and at the same time increasing its competitiveness.
THe Anamar Suites Hotel has become the first establishment in Gran Canaria to receive Biosphere certification. It is awarded by the Responsible Tourism Institute to those destinations and entities that demonstrate their commitment to sustainability through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Carlos Álamo, Councillor for Tourism of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, wished to highlight the importance of this certification: "We are particularly pleased to already witness the first certifications of a project that is of great importance for the island from a socio-economic, environmental and territorial point of view, and which is in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the UN 2030 Agenda".
"Sustainability criteria are key factors in post-covid tourism and in competition between destinations. Therefore, it is a key element as an attraction for new customers, who can be more competitive and allow to face the future of the sector with the least environmental impact".
"Gran Canaria is a privileged area with spectacular scenery that has much to offer tourists seeking a sustainable experience with enormous opportunities, such as astro-tourism, our network of trails, our gastronomy, our botanical wealth and the enormous possibilities that our geography and coastline offer for active leisure. We congratulate the companies for their commitment to the sector and their environmental responsibility", Álamo concluded.
Similarly, further 47 businesses on the island have already committed and are working towards certification. This commitment to sustainability is part of the commitment made by the island at the end of 2021 through the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and Turismo de Gran Canaria.