Mexico tourism partnership
Fundación La Puerta
The Fundacion envisions a vibrant Tecate where...
- People and nature prosper.
- Creative and responsible solutions to growth are practiced.
- Healthy communities arise out of a commitment to social and environmental sustainability.
- A living river embraces parks, recreation and wildlife.
As longtime members of the community we are committed to:
- Finding solutions via an interdisciplinary approach rather than a single perspective.
- Leading efforts in sustainable development and regional planning. facilitating partnerships between government, business, non-profit organizations and the community.
- Promoting a sense of place through educational and community-based activities.
- Preserving the beauty and integrity of Tecate's natural environment.
- Protecting Tecate's unique historical, cultural and spiritual legacy.
Fundación La Puerta was founded in 1977 by the Szekely family and their life-long business partner, José Manuel Jasso, in partnership with Rancho La Puerta, their resort created in 1940 to promote holistic health, fitness and natural living. Since its inception, Fundación La Puerta has actively supported environmental, social and educational projects in the Tecate and border area, including the preservation of endangered native plant and wildlife habitat within this region.
Thousands Head Out to Fundación La Puerta's World Environment Day Celebration in Tecate
Educating and inspiring the citizens of Tecate to respect and celebrate the environment is what draws thousands of visitors to Fundación La Puerta's Annual World Environment Day. This year's event drew more than 5,000 visitors from the local community and beyond including visitors from San Diego.
Among the more than 50 exhibits were activities for school-aged children to learn about the importance of protecting wildlife and marine species and the preservation of the natural environment of Baja California. Local and regional charity groups, including a handful of ICF's partner organizations in Tecate, Tijuana and Ensenada and regional governmental entities brought hands-on learning and exposure of many critical ecological issues for the entire family. Schools, researchers, and museums also were given booth space to share information on such topics as recycling, organic gardening, composting and the demonstration of water quality monitoring provided by the local Tecate Water Authority.
Festival participants were also treated to delicious traditional Mexican foods, regional music, dance and theatre performances.
To learn more about Fundación La Puerta or future events, please visit: http://www.fundacionlapuerta.org/. Consider making a U.S. tax-deductible donation today to Fundación La Puerta!
The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)
Responsible tourism includes many types of travel, all of which aim to minimize tourism's negative impacts on the environment, and maximize the positive contributions tourism can make to local communities.
Traveling responsibly is not about making sacrifices, stopping development, or staying home. It is about designing tourism programs and individual trips carefully, to provide travelers with the experience they seek, while leaving a positive footprint at their destination.
The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) recognizes the need to improve the social and environmental impacts of all aspects of tourism, from small-scale ecotravel, to large-scale resort tourism.
There are ways to improve the footprint of any style of travel. CREST's goal is to transform the travel industry as a whole into a driver of positive change for tourism destinations, travelers, and the global economy.
The Bar Method
We are pleased to offeroccasional Bar Method Weeks in this popular fitness studio program that's revolutionized dance-like fitness. Twenty-five of the best videos made on Bar Method are now available on YouTube's Bar Method channel.
Mountain Trek at the Ranch
An intensive, highly personal hiking and weight loss program led by expert guides and trainers --all day, every day, including special gourmet meals and snacks prepared under the guidance of the Mountain Trek program nutritionist. This is a small group program that is separate from the regular Ranch fitness program, but in all other ways it's the classic Ranch experience.
Healing Hotels of the World
Healing Hotels of the World is a collection of exquisite hotels, resorts and spas all over the world. Their tranquil ambience provides a personalized, state-of-the-art approach to holistic health and well-being which supports individual transformation.
Green Spa Network
Members of Green Spa Network aim to bring sustainable operating practices to the spa industry, and to promote the natural connections between personal well-being, economic sustainability, and the health of the planet.
Deborah Szekely is the first recipient of the Inner IDEA Inspiration Award. The award was established to recognize companies and individuals who have created an emotionally engaging and inspirational customer experience in the wellness field. Inner IDEA is the professional resource for Pilates, yoga, meditation, mind-body, life coaching, health and wellness through its educational material and annual mind-body conference.
Destination Spa Group
Rancho La Puerta is a proud member of the Destination Spa Group (DSG), a consortium of 23 unique destination fitness resorts/spas. Founded in 1997, DSG chose Rancho La Puerta's late President, Alex Szekely, as its first president. Members meet stringent requirements of service, facilities, program, and vision that conjoin with the original Mission and Vision ideals of the Destination Spa Group.
To encourage healthier lifestyles by educating the public about the unique wellness and self-improvement opportunities of Destination Spas; to help each guest make an informed choice leading to an optimal spa vacation experience with lasting benefits.
• To enrich the ancient tradition of the healing retreat by offering guests a nurturing environment in which they can discover and connect with their greater potential for wellness.
• To motivate and inspire guests to healthier, more joyous living.
• To offer a wholesome, restful, refreshing, and potentially transforming alternative to ordinary vacations.
• To spread the healthy living message as widely and vigorously as possible to consumers and travel agents.
• To extend the highest level of service, comfort, and personal attention to every guest.
Since 1991, the International SPA Association has been recognized worldwide as the professional organization and voice of the spa industry, representing more than 2,700 health and wellness facilities and providers in 75 countries. Members encompass the entire arena of the spa experience, from resort/hotel, destination, mineral springs, medical, cruise ship, club and day spas to service providers such as physicians, wellness instructors, nutritionists, massage therapists and product suppliers. ISPA's Mission: ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth.
Vision: To be the leader in promoting and enhancing the well-being of the spa industry and the people it serves.
LOHAS is an acronym for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability, a market segment focused on health and fitness, the environment, personal development, sustainable living, and social justice.
LOHAS companies practice "responsible capitalism" by providing goods and services using economic and environmentally sustainable business practices. LOHAS business owners and industry leaders from around the world meet each year at the LOHAS Conference to discuss industry trends, share ideas and learn how to run a successful LOHAS business.
LOHAS consumers, sometimes referred to as Lohasians, are interested in products covering a range of market sectors and sub-sectors, including: Green building supplies, socially responsible investing and "green stocks", alternative healthcare, organic clothing and food, personal development media, yoga and other fitness products, eco-tourism and more.
IACP is a not-for-profit professional association which provides continuing education and development for its members who are engaged in the areas of culinary education, communication, or in the preparation of food and drink. The Worldwide membership of nearly 4,000 encompasses over 35 countries and is literally a "Who's Who" of the world of food. This diversity not only offers unique insight into the world's cuisines, but provides excellent networking opportunities. IACP's vision is to be an international forum for the development and exchange of information, knowledge, and inspiration within the professional food community worldwide.
ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 157 countries, on the basis of one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system. ISO is a non-governmental organization: its members are not, as is the case in the United Nations system, delegations of national governments. Nevertheless, ISO occupies a special position between the public and private sectors. This is because, on the one hand, many of its member institutes are part of the governmental structure of their countries, or are mandated by their government. On the other hand, other members have their roots uniquely in the private sector, having been set up by national partnerships of industry associations. Therefore, ISO is able to act as a bridging organization in which a consensus can be reached on solutions that meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs of society, such as the needs of stakeholder groups like consumers and users.