New Adults-Only Resort and the Largest Convention Center in Riviera Maya Will Open Its Doors In 2019 and 2020 Following a $250 Million Investment MIAMI (April 1, 2019) – Barceló Maya Grand Resort is already one of Riviera Maya’s greatest destinations, currently comprised of Barceló Maya Palace, Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Maya Tropical. But in December 2019, the all-inclusive resort complex will become one of the largest ones in the Riviera Maya with the completion of Barceló Maya Riviera, its new exclusive adults-only, all-inclusive resort. Also, in May 2020, Barceló Maya Grand Resort is slated to unveil the largest convention center in the region, Barceló Maya Arena. A combined investment of $250 million-dollar has been allocated to this expansion project. The new Barceló Maya Riviera resort will be a luxurious escape for adult guests, offering:850 spacious guest rooms – more than half of them with ocean viewsHot tubs in all guestroom balconiesDouble Beds or “Super King” options for all guestrooms110 Swim Up Suites and Junior SuitesSmart locks through smartphone appFive restaurants (four specialty restaurants and one buffet restaurant). The specialty restaurants will offer a diverse array of cuisine, including Mexican (with a “Tacoyaki” bar), French fine dining, Italian, and Japanese (including 10 Tepanyaki tables and one Robatayaki table for fireside cooking)Five barsFour pools Barceló Maya Grand Resort’s expansive convention center will make this resort destination the largest meetings and events venue – the perfect place for luxury conventions of all sizes. It will boast more than 190,000 square feet of customizable multi-purpose space for expos, conventions and events. For gala receptions with ocean views and fresh air, events planners will love the 3,400 square feet terrace. In the underground dining venue, attendees will enjoy exceptional food and ambiance. For wedding planners, the gazebo is of special note; it is located near the resort’s infinity swimming pool, boasting stunning ocean views and offering the chance for a truly spectacular ceremony. “Barceló Maya Riviera is set to reshape the region’s hotel and convention offerings,” said Stefania Ballotta, Director of Sales & Marketing at Barceló Maya Grand Resort. “We can’t wait to share this new property with our valued guests and event planners.” For an exclusive sneak peek of the new Barceló Maya Riviera, please visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t4c54dac6478xeg/AAAWiEOgwHyiX95tmbwt031Za?dl=0### About Barceló Hotel GroupBarceló Hotel Group is the 2nd largest hotel chain in Spain and the 29th largest in the world. The hotel group’s portfolio currently boasts 251 urban and leisure hotels ranked between 4 and 5-stars with 55,670 rooms throughout 22 countries and marketed under four brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts and Allegro Hotels. For more information or reservations, visit www.barcelo.com.
MONTREAL — Canada’s largest diary processor, Montreal-based Saputo, is hoping to spur the adoption of global animal welfare standards by refusing to buy milk from farmers that don’t treat their animals humanely.The change is part of a new animal welfare policy the company released Monday, nearly a year after it became entangled in a controversy when an undercover video was made public showing cows being punched, kicked and beaten with pipes at one of its suppliers.“It raised a lot of comments and questions and concerns especially here at Saputo about what our policy is and if it is robust enough,” CEO Lino Saputo Jr. said in an interview.Chilliwack Cattle fired eight employees after animal rights group Mercy for Animals released a video that showed young men beating the cows.Saputo (TSX:SAP), one of the world’s largest dairy processors, says it wants all farmers and employees to sign yearly codes of conduct and third-party auditors to review the practices of farmers. The company said it is also working with universities to improve education on animal welfare.Although federal law only allows processors to refuse to accept milk over “quality issues” including health concerns, Saputo said it will not accept milk from sites where animals have been mistreated, as it did for two days last summer when a video surfaced depicting animal abuse at an operation in Chilliwack, B.C.“If we have any evidence of animal cruelty, whether it’s mistreatment or neglect that’s causing pain or injury or suffering to any of the cattle on the farms, we will stop taking milk from that farm,” Saputo Jr. said.Saputo refuses to buy milk from B.C. farm where video showed cattle being kicked, punched and beaten with pipesUndercover investigation reveals horrific cruelty at B.C. dairy farm, SPCA recommending chargesDelivery of milk could be permanently ended if farmers refuse to improve animal practices as verified by third-party inspectors, he added.Mercy for Animals praised Saputo for its new policy, which also commits to eliminating the practice of cutting or docking the cow’s tail, administering pain control when dehorning cattle and reducing stress on cows through low-energy animal handling methods.“Given that Saputo is the largest dairy processor in this country, I think it sends an incredibly strong message to all dairy farmers that any form of cruelty will not be tolerated,” executive director Krista Osborne said from Vancouver.She said she expects other large Canadian dairy producers to follow suit and join three of the world’s largest dairy companies — Nestle, Leprino Foods and Great Lakes Cheese — which have recently announced similar animal welfare requirements.But Osborne said there are some remaining questions, such as when the new policy will be implemented, whether the auditors will be independent, and whether the inspections will be random.“This is an excellent step forward. We are heartened by it but it by no means is complete at this point.”Saputo Jr. also said he’d like to see stiffer penalties against people who commit cruelty to farm animals.“We’d like the standards and the practices to have some bite to it and some consequences for those that are going to contravene those practices.”