Ecocolors Tours

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EcoColors Tours is a company with more than 30 years of experience focused on the commercialization of ecological tours. We are specialists in ecotourism and the variables in cultural tourism, nature and adventure in the main destinations nationwide and in Central America.
Member since: 14 May 2019

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

 The economic impacts of tourism are usually broken up into three categories: direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts. Direct impacts include monetary transactions from operations during tourist visitation. This involves impacts on tourism businesses themselves. For example, if more tourists overnight in hotels, then the hotels where they stay will receive a direct monetary benefit. This category also includes any amount paid out including wages, taxes, supplies and services. Indirect impacts are changes in sales, income, or employment within the region of industries that supply products and services to the tourism industry. For example, increased sales in linen supply firms resulting from more hotel sales are an indirect impact of visitor spending. Induced impacts are changes in economic activity resulting from household spending of income earned directly or indirectly from the tourism industry. For example, hotel and linen supply employees spend their income in the local region for housing, food, transportation, and household products and needs. The sales, income, and jobs that result from household spending of increased wage or salary are included in this category.

Leakage is another economic impact to be concerned about. It is an entirely negative impact. When a tourism business buys supplies or services from outside the region, the money spent is providing no indirect impact to the region, and thus that money is leaking out of the local economy. To be economically sustainable, a tourism business must minimize their leakage as much as possible. EcoColors specifically destinates part of the money to benefit conservation with local NGO´s such as Amigos de Siankaan, Centro Ecologico Akumal, the Coral Reef restoration program in Puerto Morelos and the Plant for the planet project in Campeche.

EcoColors takes pride of employing mostly 96 % local people so we do help and contribute with local economy this way. Also most of our suppliers employ locals and actually I would even go a bit further not only locals ( Mexicans ) but in some cases local (Mayans from sometimes remote villages )

EcoColors hires mostly Mexican guides and buys also Mexican merchandise oppose to Chinese merchandise which is obviously cheaper but not helping our local economy. We also buy local wáter and consume actually exotic local fruits and food like Maracuya for example.

Environmental responsibility

This category encompasses a large portion of our sustainability efforts. It relates to operational impacts on land, air, water, and other organisms. Recycling waste, controlling water usage, minimizing greenhouse gases, and protecting natural ecosystems are all measures that play a role in global environmental processes. Indeed, loss of biodiversity, global warming and climate change, as well as water quality and scarcity are all problems that have a worldwide scope. Just to mentioned a couple of specific activities EcoColors separates and recycles garbage in our office and trips. We reuse rain water from our roofs for gardening and we treat waste water in an artificial wetland. We also contribute actively in research projects with whale sharks, coral reefs in Puerto Morelos, we also participate with Marine recreation providers on the adoption of voluntary standards that help the reef. Finally we just started to participate in a very ambitious project to plant 1,000 million trees in the Yucatan peninsula trou donation of money to the Project plant for the planet.

EcoColors is actively working to ensure the preservation of our destination and culture for future generations. This equates to more attractive environments and better products. We are currently working with different NGO´s such as the Mexican Association of Adventure travel and ecotourism, World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Travel Foundation, Amigos de Sian Kaan, The Coral Reef Alliance and many more in unique training programs on ecotourism, development of best practices, code of ethics and many important actions to achieve or get closer to a sustainable tourism practice.

Our guides provide a good briefing on environmental topics including how we can help the planet and how we can help with water issues, we provide 1 litter plastic reusable bottle and this way saving tons of one use plastic bottles, we take in our vans usually 20 litters water reusable container so people can refill the plastic bottle we provided.

Our guide explains very well how we should behave and the rules of each wildlife encounter like no touching, certain distance, no pictures sometimes, etc

we are very proud of provide suggestions for destination visits to appropriate local projects with direct or indirect environmental benefits, since have been able to help some local remote mayan villages on developping productive projects that literally change their lives and tourists have contributed many times on helping communities, not only with money but with contacts, support, etc.

Social responsibility

Socio-cultural impacts are those affect local communities' social structures and culture. One of the benefits of tourism is the promotion of tolerance and acceptance of different cultures through education and direct experience. This can support a diverse "global community" and not a world of monoculture. As a tourism provider, it is important to help local and indigenous people maintain their cultural integrity in the face of vast economic promises. In the long run, this benefits both business and the community. Maintaining the cultural integrity of local community will also minimize resentment from people who are negatively affected by tourism. This resentment can be directed at your clients, thus earning the destination a bad reputation, and threatening the chances of further economic development for the region. EcoColors specifically works with many Mayan communities establishing business relationships with fair deals where both groups achieve win win situations. Some examples are the community of Siankaan, community of Ek Balam, community of Jose Maria Morelos, community of Nuevo Durango, community of Kantemoh, and many more comunities. In recent years we have connected incentive groups wanting to benefit local communities to develop productive projects that have benefit Mayan communities quality of life and economic income. A recent example aloud us to help a Maya community to produce from 10 liters of honey a year to 1000liters.

We send a package of information on what travellers need to know but do not usually talk about politics or social issues.
Our travellers are provided with suggestions of ways to minimise negative impacts on local cultures, explain by our guides, issues like taking pictures, giving away money to children, etc

Our guide accompanies all group visits to local communities all times.

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