Meliá Hotels International has signed an agreement with the Palma Aquarium Foundation that supports a range of activities to further the cause of marine conservation, including helping to protect the endangered loggerhead turtle (Caretta Caretta).
The loggerhead turtle is considered an endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is found in some of the locations where Meliá has significant operations, including Mexico, where the company already helps protect its nesting grounds on various beaches.
In line with the company's commitment to help promote sustainable tourism, Meliá Hotels International will cooperate with the Palma Aquarium Foundation in protecting turtles, increasing research and raising awareness.
Internationally, Meliá will finance the stay and training of a Palma Aquarium Foundation biologist in turtle nesting camps in Cabo Verde to be one of the people with experience to manage and carry out joint actions to ensure the greatest possible success of the nesting of sea turtles in the Balearic Islands.
Among the local actions, the company will allow Palma Aquarium Foundation teams access to its hotel facilities to support clean-up operations of turtle habitats.
Both organisations will support training programmes for hotel employees and suppliers by Foundation team members which will allow them to play a more active role in different stages of the project.
In addition to protecting the loggerhead turtle from extinction as a direct consequence of climate change and human activities, the project also aims to combat the causes of biodiversity loss.
Among other things, Meliá will thus also highlight the importance of ridding the ocean of plastics and reducing the danger of entanglement or ingestion. Meliá is fully committed to eliminating all single-use plastics in the company by the end of 2019.