In the 1970, the Mexican Government through Fonatur (National Fund for Tourism Development), implemented the development of Integrally Planned Resorts, with tourism as its dynamic center-point. In 1983, together with the Oaxaca State Government, the Master Plan for the Development of the Bays of Huatulco, which contains basic and detailed rules and regulations with regards to environment and urban and tourism development, was created. Huatulco in its entirety has not only implemented elementary measures for the protection of the ecology and environment, but has gone much further by implementing programs that identify and recognize Huatulco as one of the most advanced tourism communities internationally with regards to the protection of its environment and the habitat of its species. Seventy percent of this land is preserved as an ecological reserve, and some of Huatulco’s resort area is located in this protected zone, but anything that is part of the future growth plan is scrutinized and approved only when the environment and sustainability are at the forefront of the design plans. Modern water and sewage treatment plants are designed to protect the area’s water and coastline, the golf course and public parks are watered with gray water, and long-term planning and sustainable infrastructure has allowed for schools and medical facilities to be built along with resorts.
Chronology of Achievements
1998 – The Mexican Government declares an area of more than 11,800ha, land and aquatic, a Protected Natural Area, today known as Huatulco National Park.
“EarthCheck” Sustainable Tourism Community
Huatulco is currently consolidated as sustainable destination and for five consecutive years it has been awarded the Green Globe certification, a unique recognition in Latin America that guarantees visitor satisfaction and investment success through building environmental awareness among region inhabitants.