Tales of Hope: Muy’Ono Resorts Commit to Doubling Donations in 2021

by Carolee Chanona

With vaccines promising to take the lid off pent-up travel demand, the return of travel will look differently, and those differences are, in many ways, going to be good. After so long at home, this is an opportunity to rejoin the world with a gentler approach, to be more compassionate and holistic in our outlook, and to align the way we travel with the efforts we make to live sustainably, healthily, and thoughtfully at home. And we’re here to help kickstart the journey. What’s consistent across the board is the impact of American dollars, which is why the Muy’Ono Resorts family is committing to continuing its support of the communities in which it operates. With their “Travel Better” initiative—the charitable giving program of monthly donations for a number of occupied room nights—at each resort, Muy’Ono Resorts commits to doubling its donations for the rest of 2021.

TRAVEL BETTER WITH STAYS ROOTED IN COMMUNITY

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Exploring the local community of Hopkins with Muy’Ono. Photo courtesy Dylan Hetelle

When travel is focused on forging new connections, it makes sense to travel with a sense of community in mind. Essentially, that the best places to stay are smaller, locally owned, or community-based. Properties that form a vital part of a local ecosystem tend to also operate more thoughtfully when it comes to the environment too. In 2019, over $133,380K was donated to surrounding community projects and organizations. All in all, Muy’Ono Resorts donated $1-$100BZD depending on resort per night a guest stayed while asking them to match, for the past several years. Nonetheless, the devastation of the tourism sector in Belize has greatly increased the needs of the most vulnerable populations in the country; the industry still has a long way to go to return to any level of “normal.”

With reduced occupancy rates, Muy’Ono Resorts has decided to double the amount of money they contribute; this goes for every occupied room night while inviting their guests to match donations during their stay in 2021. After all, every dollar raised through this program goes right back into supporting local charitable organizations. The end of the pandemic is in sight, but the work required to repair the damage will take many months. We all look forward to a day when things return to normal. In the meantime, Muy’Ono Resorts is here to encourage people to “Travel Better.”

Learn more at muyono.com/travel-better. All photos courtesy of Muy’Ono Resorts. 

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