Belize Tourism Industry Awards 2010

Belize Tourism Awards 2010

The Belize Tourism Board held its tourism industry awards ceremony June 10th, 2010, and Hopkins Village received the award for “Destination of the Year”!  Hamanasi Resort, also located in Hopkins Village,  was recognized for its excellent ecologically friendly and sustainability practices and its attaining official Green Globe Certification.  Congratulations to all of the people and businesses that have worked hard to make Hopkins a unique and culturally stimulating destination!

Hamanasi Greens Its Dive Boat Fleet

Hamanasi's Hanou 45'

Hamanasi Greens Its Dive Boat Fleet

Just in time for the 2010 whale shark diving season, Hamanasi Adventure Dive Resort in Hopkins has added a new eco–friendly custom–built dive boat to its fleet. The Hanóu, which means “Trigger Fish” in native Garifuna, can carry up to 25 divers and features four–stroke engines, which dramatically reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency. For more information about Hamanasi and its dive packages,visit www.hamanasi.com.

Hamanasi now has a Carbon Offset Calculator

Hamanasi now has a Carbon Offset Calculator available for anyone interested in traveling “green”.

Sustainable Tourism International

Having always been interested in protecting and sustaining the environment and our local community, we can now offer guests the option and opportunity to contribute to an international organization dedicated to carbon offset.  Sustainable Travel International (STI) is a global leader in sustainable tourism development. The non-profit organization’s mission is to promote sustainable development through responsible travel by providing programs that help travelers, businesses and destinations protect the environment, preserve cultural heritage and promote economic development.  For more information, you can go to www.sustainabletravelinternational.org, and you can calculate your Hamanasi vacation carbon offset by going to www.hamanasi.com/eco_tourism.html.

Hamanasi’s “Green Team”

Hamanasi – Aveda & Adele Wechsler for Green Weddings!

AVEDA and ADELE WECHSLER ECO COUTURE PARTNER FOR GREEN WEDDING EVENTS

“Go Green, Why Knot!” event raises awareness for eco-conscious wedding planning and preparation

"Green Weddings"

WHAT: Aveda and Adele Wechsler Eco Couture host regional eco-wedding bridal events.

WHY: Aveda and Adele Wechsler are partnering to co-host regional bridal events during the months of April, May and June at participating Aveda salons across the country.  Brides-to-be and their guests will receive tips from Aveda experts on picture perfect wedding day makeup, fool-proof skin care regimes and the latest bridal hair trends.  Attendees will also preview new gown designs by Adele Wechsler Eco Couture, and eco-wedding service providers will also be represented, from local green bakeries and caterers to florists, photographers and printers.  Guests at each event will have a chance to win Aveda service or product packages, eco-vendor products, and one lucky bride will take home her very own Adele Wechsler veil or headpiece.  In addition, brides may enter to win national grand prizes:  an Adele Wechsler Eco Couture wedding gown, or a honeymoon vacation at the Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, an eco-friendly destination hotel in Belize.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

New York, NY:  May 5th

Baton Rouge, LA:  May 6th

Toronto, Canada:  May 11th

Atlanta, GA:  May 16th

Washington DC:  May 23rd

Boston, MA:  June 6th

Chicago:  June 8th

Minneapolis, MN:  June 10th

Austin, TX:  June 14th

Scottsdale, AZ:  June 16th

Seattle, WA:  June 21st

Portland, OR:  June 24th

Our mission at Aveda is to care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world.

Adele Wechsler designs for the bride who cares about the world in which she lives. Adele Wechsler is a pioneer in eco friendly wedding gown design. Our Eco Couture collection paves the way for a luxury look that maintains the following eco-friendly standards:

  • Certified organic Hemp and silk
  • Vegetable dyes
  • Remnant fabrics and lace
  • Every piece is produced with Fair Trade Labor in Toronto, Canada.

About Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort: Located south of Hopkins, Belize and nestled between the lush Maya Mountains and the turquoise Caribbean Sea, Hamanasi offers guests plenty to explore, both onshore and offshore. The intimate property boasts 21 private treehouses, luxury suites and spacious beachfront rooms, as well as an on-property Adventure Center, complete with a full-service PADI dive facility. As the first Belize beachfront property to achieve Green Globe Certification, and one of the top hotels for service in Central and South America according to TripAdvisor®, Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort is the ultimate blend of adventure and eco-luxury. For more information, visit www.hamanasi.com, email info@hamanasi.com or call 1-877-552-3483.

For more information about Aveda, visit www.aveda.com.  For more information about Adele Wechsler Eco Couture, visit www.adelewechsler.com.

Miss Bertie’s Library gets Donations from Canada!

After two visits to Hamanasi and Hopkins Village, guests Doug and Anne of Canada decided to adopt Miss Bertie’s Library in Hopkins as their “project”. Due to their efforts, a wonderful shipment of books and supplies arrived in Hopkins this week and the first part of that shipment was delivered to the library yesterday! The kids were thrilled and began to unpack the books and puzzles immediately!

“Thank you” to everyone that contributed!!! By the way, this will be an ongoing project for the library, so if you’re coming to Hamanasi any time soon, please bring any new/used books that you would like to donate. Books for readers of all ages are greatly needed and appreciated.

Hamanasi achieves “Green Globe” Certification!

Green Globe Certified

Hamanasi Becomes Belize’s First Beachfront Property to Achieve Green Globe Certification

Hopkins, Belize – April 19, 2010 – It’s official – Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort has just earned the prestigious title as Belize’s first-ever Green Globe Certified beachfront property. Based in Hopkins, the eco-resort has been dedicated to operating at the world’s highest environmental standards since its inception in 2000. The Green Globe recognition, which is a highly regarded and selective certification process, is an epic benchmark in Belize’s steadfast effort to build itself as a responsible tourism destination.

“In an effort to avoid the travel industry’s ‘green washing’ label, we felt passionately about being part of a program that was serious and reputable,” said Dana Krauskopf, owner of Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort. “That passion ultimately translated into Hamanasi earning the coveted Green Globe Certification. Not only does our new achievement exemplify that Hamanasi puts the environment first; it also shows the staff, guests and public that Hamanasi is deeply committed to its green/sustainability initiatives.”

From the beginning, Hamanasi owners David and Dana Krauskopf’s number one priority was protecting the environment. In fact, one of their early efforts included developing a mission statement to include their commitment to the environment, which eventually evolved into Hamanasi’s eco-mission statement. That initial pledge to Mother Nature was followed by the immediate implementation of efforts including hiring and developing local staff, keeping as much of the native plants and eco system as possible, including an 11 acre nature reserve, and designing to ensure maximum natural light and air flow. Over the years, Hamanasi has steadily strengthened its eco and sustainability initiatives, and continues to do so.

“Hamanasi will continue to aggressively pursue its environmental and sustainability goals,” commented Krauskopf.  “We plan to introduce solar power in our new guest units, invest in a new grey water system and implement other earth friendly, energy saving efforts.  Beginning this June we’ll expand our organic garden, and our efforts to actively engage in activities that support the surrounding communities will continue.”

Hamanasi’s specially appointed “Green Team” implements and oversees every eco-friendly effort, every step of the way. From facility, food & beverage and office accomplishments, to special efforts regarding tours, marketing and the community, the Green Team is dedicated to ensuring that the environment surrounding Hamanasi remains protected.

“Becoming Green Globe Certified has been a challenging and rewarding journey, ever since we set it as the Green Team’s primary Goal back in January 2007,” said Andrew Usher, General Manager of Hamanasi.  “We look forward to improving upon and extending our green efforts into sustainable, long term goals for Hamanasi’s staff and guests alike.”

As a part of Hamanasi’s new continuing education and engagement efforts for staff and guests, the Green Team is making plans to launch new guest education programs to include topics like the importance of being green and sustainable, background on wildlife and nature, Mayan history, and Belizean cultures. The property is also working on developing onsite displays which provide more information about the diverse eco habitats on-property, and has already revealed an improved pond habitat, which serves as home base for crocodiles, turtles, fish and birds.

Hamanasi officially started working towards Green Globe Certification on September 3, 2009.  The eco-resort was officially certified on April 7, 2010. For more information about Hamanasi’s community involvement and efforts to keep Belize green, visit www.Hamanasi.com.

Hamanasi "Green Team"

About Green Globe Certification

Green Globe is the worldwide sustainability certification based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and operates in over 83 countries. Green Globe is the only certification company to be an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is partly owned by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and a member of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) governing council. For information, visit www.greenglobe.com.

Hopkins Humane Society Clinic for April comes to a successful close…

The April 2010 Hopkins Humane Society Free Spay & Neuter Clinic has come to a close after enjoying a hugely successful clinic and fundraiser!

The clinic was manned by ER vets from Minnesota, Clara Lee Arnold (the Stateside clinic coordinator), Nancy & Les Collier (local Humane Society organizers) and many, many wonderful local volunteers from in and around Hopkins Village. Congratulations to everyone involved! Hamanasi looks forward to future joint endeavors with HBHS and will continue to be a proud year-around supporter. Thank you, again, for the generous donations from Hamanasi guests past, present & future! For more about the Hopkins Belize Humane Society, click on the following link to see information and photos!

Hopkins Belize Humane Society

Green Travel!

Nature's Beauty!

Hamanasi’s website will soon feature a Carbon Offset Calculator!  Watch for it…

Hamanasi “Green Team”

Clinic Day #1

Hamanasi is a proud sponsor of the Hopkins Belize Humane Society free spay and neuter clinics.  The clinics provide a great service that is needed in the community.  Hamanasi’s guests have always been great supporters through their time and money and donations!

A great turnout for the first two days of the free spay & neuter clinic  Over 25 surgeries and numerous health care “treatments” already!  Clinic continues April 12 & 13.

Easter Clean-up in Hopkins Village

Welcome to Hopkins

         There will be an Easter Clean-up for Hopkins Village today!  All volunteers are welcome.  Hamanasi will be providing hauling of trash gathered by the groups of volunteers.  Let’s beautify Hopkins together!

The Hamanasi Green Team