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Riviera Maya hotel says social media claims of sea turtle nest destruction untrue

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — After reports spread across social media platforms about the destruction of sea turtle nests, the Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts and TRS Hotels in Riviera Maya released a statement saying the claims are untrue.

The hotel denies the social media claims that 20 sea turtle nests were damaged during the recent celebration of a wedding in their beach area. They say that the wedding event was not held in the protected nest area.

In a statement the hotel said “We would like to point out that the nest demarcation posts shown in some photographs and videos correspond to nests that hatched before the alleged event, as recorded in our records and of which members of Comité Municipal de Tortugas were able to verify.”

They added that “From the first moment we became aware of the event from the company, we contacted the competent authorities to show our complete and total cooperation and commitment to clarify the facts and to certify that none of the 557 nests registered this season in the area of our concession, or that from our turtle camp in Riviera Maya, suffered harassment or damage.”

They detail that since they formed the camp in 2012, “We have managed to protect more than 6,500 nests and have released more than 600,000 offspring. Our goal is to continue working in the same line, promoting initiatives such as this that help with the protection of the species and the conservation of natural environments of great ecological value.”

The hotel said they are committed to the environment and the promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism.