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CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO – DEC. 8, 2015 – The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun proudly announced today that is has received recognition from the local government of Quintana Roo for its successful and continued participation in the destination’s sea turtle conservation program. The luxury resort has engaged in turtle conservation for more than decade, helping to create environmental awareness and contribute to the conservation of several different species of sea turtles.

The unique initiative is part of the resort’s larger Community Footprints program. Community Footprints is the social and environmental responsibility strategy embedded into the service values, long range plan, and business operations of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. The ongoing commitment is focused in three areas including child well-being, environmental responsibility and hunger/poverty relief.

Each year from July through November, a quiet section of the beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun is transformed into a sanctuary where the collected eggs of nesting sea turtles are provided a safe and protected environment to incubate. The resort’s appointed “Turtle Guardians” are employees who volunteer and have been certified by the local government. They are trained to collect the eggs, transfer the eggs safely to the artificial nests and carefully monitor the nests in pre-identified “Turtle Camps,” until they hatch and begin their journey into the sea. Guests of all ages of who are staying with the luxury resort during this time are invited to participate in the program.

After more than twenty years of participation in the conservation program, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun announced that 2015 has been one of the most successful years in the history of the hotel’s involvement with their protective efforts on behalf of the destination’s sea turtles. “With the enthusiastic participation of our Ladies and Gentlemen, we are extremely proud to share that we have relocated more than 700 nests and 84,000 eggs, as well as releasing nearly 74,000 hatchlings from three different turtle species including Green Sea Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle & Hawksbill Turtle,” said Tim Kirsten, Program Director. “We look forward to our continued partnership with Cancun’s conservation program and assisting in the care of the area’s beloved sea creatures.