ENSENADA.- In order to promote sustainable tourism in Baja California, the State Secretariat of Tourism, in coordination with the Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development, met with the Carnival Cruise company to conduct a tour on board one of the shipping company’s cruises.
The tour allowed participants to learn firsthand about Carnival Cruise’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, from responsible food management to energy efficiency to reducing carbon emissions. These practices are in line with Sustainable Development Goal No. 12: Responsible Production and Consumption of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
During the event, the growth of tourism in the region was highlighted. According to Baja California tourism indicators, the Port of Ensenada received 208 cruise ship arrivals with a total of 665,289 transit passengers during the period January to August 2023, a significant increase of 2.5% and 65.1%, respectively, compared to the same period in 2022.
The Baja California Tourism Undersecretary, Mtro. José de Jesús Quiñonez Ramírez expressed his enthusiasm for the measures implemented in coordination with Carnival Cruise: “We are committed to the development of sustainable tourism in our state and this meeting with Carnival Cruise is an important step in this direction. Likewise, the “Notable increase in cruise ship arrivals to our port demonstrates the growing attractiveness of our region and highlights the need for a sustainable approach to manage this tourism growth.”
Present on the tour were Ms. Mónica Juliana Vega Aguirre, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development; Vicky Rey, vice president of government relations for Latin America at Carnival Cruise; and Richard Pruitt, Vice President of Environmental Operations of the same company, who presented the sustainable practices and technologies that Carnival Cruise has implemented in its operations.
Presidents of the environmental organizations CANIRAC, PROVINO, CANACINTRA and Baja California also took part in the tour.
The Baja California Tourism Secretariat reiterates its commitment to sustainability, one of the main axes of its sector plan, to ensure a more responsible future of tourism.