Jamaica resorts earn green thumb

OCHO RIOS -- Certification by Green Globe 21, a U.K.-based organization formed in 1992 that specializes in developing environmental management standards for the travel industry, is a feather in the cap for a resort's appeal to environmentally conscious travelers.

Negril leads the way in Jamaica's environmental push.

Couples Resorts received chainwide Green Globe certification this past year. Properties are Couples Ocho Rios, Couples Negril and Couples Swept Away Negril.

Five other Negril properties that received Green Globe certification this past year are Negril Cabins Resort, Rondel Village, Sea Splash Resort, Grand Lido Negril and Sandals Negril.

Sandals Montego Bay also received the honor, and Gordon "Butch" Stewart, chief executive, said recently that he is striving for chainwide Green Globe certification.

In Port Antonio, Hotel Mocking Bird also received Green Globe certification.

For more information on Green Globe 21, visit the Web at www.greenglobe.org.

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