Green Grotto Caves and Attractions is now the first tourist attraction in the history of Jamaica to receive Platinum Certification, representing 10 years of continuous certification with EarthCheck. The Attraction received this certification in April and will be platinum certified for the period April 2012 – March 2013.
Fabia Lamm, Manager Green Grotto Caves and Attractions has indicated that she and her team are quite proud of this achievement which should result in higher visibility for Jamaica in the fast growing global ecotourism industry. ‘This achievement is also significant in the context of our Jamaica 50 celebrations which aims to highlight the best of the nation since independence, she further stated.
Earthcheck Certification, a programme managed by EC3 Global is widely regarded as the largest certifier of sustainable travel and tourism businesses. Earthcheck is one of the world’s most recognized environmental benchmarking and certification programmes.
The environmental efforts of Green Grotto Caves and Attractions have consistently exceeded best practice standards and once again enabled them to receive this prestigious certification. Platinum certification ranks the attraction as a leader in the unique worldwide group of sustainable tourism operators that are certified to the internationally recognised EarthCheck Company Standard.
Green Grotto Caves and Attractions was first successfully certified in 2002 and achieved Gold Certification in 2009.
Green Grotto Caves and Attractions was acquired by the Corporation in 1999, upgraded and reopened in April 2000. Over the years, the facility has been developed significantly by the Corporation. Work implemented includes extensive landscaping, improvements to the tour trail, the installation of special effect lighting inside the caves, improved amenities, a snack counter and the recent opening of a logo and souvenir shop.
Green Grotto Caves and Attractions is situated on 64 acres of land in Discovery Bay, St. Ann between the resort centres of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. A tour of the caves enables visitors to journey into the underground and rediscover Jamaican history. Previously known as Runaway, Dairy, Rum, Hopewell and Dry Harbour Caves, the Green Grotto Caves are said to have provided shelter for Jamaica’s first inhabitants, the Taino Indians. The caves boast a maze of stalactites and stalagmites and other exquisite formations.
The rates for non–residents to access Green Grotto Caves and Attractions are US $20 for persons ages 13 years and over and US $10 for children between the ages 4-12. Special rates apply for Jamaican residents and patrons are encouraged to call the attraction at 973-3217; 973-2841; 973-2766 and 973-2767 or contact them at www.greengrottocavesja.com for further details. The attraction opens daily between the hours of 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.