February 6th, 2019
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort Vows to Eliminate
Resort joins movement to protect natural resources from the dangers of disposable plastic
(Río Grande, February 6, 2019) Reaffirming its commitment to its community and the restoration
of Puerto Rico, Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort announces a new
initiative to eliminate plastic straw use on the resort.
As part of its continued efforts to support Puerto Rico’s natural wildlife and sustainable future,
the team at Wyndham Grand began an initiative last year to deplete its existing supply of plastic
straws by the start of 2019. The resort now offers guests biodegradable straws to be used in
cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. Plastic straws will be available by guest request.
“We are fully committed to do everything we can to protect the wonderful natural resources that
surround Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort and inspire the magic of
this island,” said General Manager Nils Stolzlechner. “Our guests are interested in the local
ecology and appreciative of our efforts to support it – and many of them look for ways to
participate. This initiative helps us take a step towards a safer environment for wildlife that our
teams and guests can all be part of, while changing our processes for the better.”
Plastic straws are not biodegradable and take hundreds of years to break down. Thousands end
up in the oceans, posing real danger to animals such as sea turtles and fish. According to the
World Economic Forum, the plastic in our oceans will outweigh the fish by 2050. The resort,
which offers community education around annual sea turtle (tinglar) nesting season in
partnership with the Dept. of Natural and Environmental Resources, actively works to protect
sea turtle nests by blocking access to the beach at sunset each summer.
The resort, recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 2018 World’s Greatest Places for its
groundbreaking efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, participates in a variety of local
environmental efforts to support the island. Earlier this year, the resort presented a donation of
$16,000 to the National Forest Foundation (NFF), to aid in the restoration and recovery of
neighboring El Yunque National Rainforest, which was damaged during Hurricane María. Last
July, a group of volunteers from the resort visited María de la Cruz Cave in Loíza to help the
ecological restoration of the bee community there, and plant endemic trees in the local park.
The resort, its golf courses, and restaurants, are fully operational after multi-million dollar
renovations were completed earlier this year.
Learn more about Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort online at
WyndhamGrandRioMar.com or call (800) 474-6627.
Laura Davidson Public Relations
About Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort:
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort is nestled on 500 acres along a
mile-long section of golden beach adjacent to the El Yunque National Rainforest and the
Mameyes River. The lush resort features a 48,000-sq. ft. oceanfront conference center, a 7,000-
square-foot casino; two world-class 18-hole golf courses; a 7,000 square foot spa and fitness
center; multiple lounges and entertainment venues; international tennis center; water sports
center; and two beachfront pools.
About Wyndham Grand:
Travel is the best excuse to enjoy the grand things in life. With locations in some of the world’s
most sought after vacation destinations - including Shanghai, Istanbul, Doha, Salzburg and
Orlando - Wyndham Grand® hotels transform ordinary moments into unforgettable experiences.
Decidedly not stuffy, but approachable by design, this upper-upscale hotel brand helps travelers
make every moment count.