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CREST Events Calendar:

January 24 - 31, 2016: Charter Club Trip to Cuba

This specially designed eight day/seven night Charter Club trip will have a focus on ‘eco-surf and turf’ – a selection of the island’s most extraordinary marine, cultural, and natural tourism offerings. Travel to Cuba remains tightly regulated, but Cuba Educational Travel, our partner tour operator, holds a license from the U.S. Treasury Department (CT-2013-300203-1) to arrange educational trips, meaning your memorable visit is fully sanctioned by the U.S. government. View more information here.

June 11, 2015: Webinar

The NOAA National MPA Center, EBM Tools Network, MPA News, and hosted a webinar on Lessons Learned: Impacts of Coastal and Ocean Tourism by Martha Honey of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST). The presentation was held Thursday, June 11.

Lessons Learned: Impacts of Coastal and Ocean Tourism by Martha Honey, Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)

Coastal resort and cruise tourism are the fastest growing sectors of the tourism industry, and uncontrolled, large scale tourism development is causing an array of environmental damage to beaches, coastal waters, and some MPAs. In addition, coastal and marine tourism is both a contributor to and victim of climate change. This presentation examines some of these problems, as well as efforts by industry innovators to construct and operate coastal and marine tourism in ways that minimize environmental impacts and mitigate and adapt to climate change.

May 8, 2015: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
CARE for the Cape Day

We joined CARE for the Cape & Islands for the 2nd Annual CARE for the Cape Day! This year we spent the morning at Waquoit Bay Reserve, helping them clean up from a tough winter and preparing for the many students and adults who visit each year.We had a chance to learn about some of the Wampanoag Tribe’s customs such the building of a “wetu” structure, one of CARE’s 2015 Projects, and witness some native Wampanoag cooking in action. Sponsors of the event include Turtleback Ltd and Whole Foods Hyannis.

Samantha Hogenson also joined CARE earlier in the week to speak on heritage tourism and climate change.

April 22, 2015: New York, NY
Earth Day Panel at American Museum of Natural History

Martha Honey participated in a panel discussion to commemorate Earth Day at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  The three person panel, which also included Helen Crowley who is Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation at the Luxury, Sport & Lifestyle Group of Kering and Matt Stinchcomb who is Vice President of Values and Impact at, focued on “The Cutting Edge of Green Design.”   This year’s event marked the famed Museum’s 25th annual Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon, and was moderated by Lynn Sherr, journalist, author, and former correspondent for ABC News' "20/20."

Martha Honey speaks with other panelists (2nd from left)

Luncheon following panel at American Museum of Natural History

February 16 - 19, 2015: South Africa
IIPT Interactive World Symposium

Dr. Martha Honey presented about Travelers' Philanthropy at this high profile event, which honored the legacies of cultural peacemakers Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Goals of Symposium:

  • To identify strategies and best practice in cultivating productive, sustainable, peaceful and welcoming communities through tourism, culture and sport;
  • To share experiences and insights in identifying the potential roles of tourism, culture and sport in reconciliation and socio-economic re-development of countries that have experienced conflict with the aim of building sustainable and peaceful nations.

For more information, visit the Symposium site.

November 20, 2014: Springfield, MO
Missouri State University Geography Awareness Week

On November 20, Samantha Hogenson returned to her alma mater, Missouri State University, as an invited speaker during Geography Awareness Week.  One of the first students of Geotourism at Missouri State (and in the country!), Samantha presented about the relationship between her education in Missouri State’s school of Geography, Geology, and Planning and her career in the tourism industry. She also discussed geotourism and the great opportunity it provides to sustain and enhance not only the economy, but the environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and well-being of residents in locations all over the world.

November 12 - 13, 2014: Portland, Maine

Dr. Martha Honey spent November 12 & 13 in Portland, Maine. She began her trip by speaking to Dr. Kreg Ettenger's class at the University of Southern Maine on responsible tourism. She then spoke to the board of the World Affairs Council, discussing how tourism development in Iran is a possible avenue to ease tensions.

October 20 - 21, 2014: Aruba

Dr. Martha Honey provided the keynote address at the " Leading Sustainable Tourism in Latin America and the Caribbean | International Executive Forum", organized by the Aruba Management Institute for Sustainable Tourism and Development.

Find out more about the Executive Forum here.

October 16, 2014: Richmond, VA
“Exploring the World as a Responsible Traveler” Presentation

On October 16, CREST program associate, Samantha Hogenson, visited our own back yard of Richmond, Virginia, to share responsible travel options and travelers’ philanthropy do’s and don’ts with an audience of travelers interested in responsible choices. CREST was invited by Virtuoso travel advisor, Stacy Luks, whose agency, SoulShift Journeys, goes by the motto “TRAVEL Differently, TRAVEL Sustainably, TRAVEL Open-heartedly, TRAVEL Endlessly”. Together, Luks and Hogenson discussed key trends shaping the future of travel, opportunities within the eco, culinary, community-based, volunteer, and agri-tourism sectors, and spotlighted some exemplary tour operators, destinations, and non-profit organizations that are leading the way. Organized by Luks, the discussion took place at Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market, for which the client base values responsible consumption.

October 9, 2014: Washington, DC

Dr. Martha Honey presented on Sustainable Tourism Development in Coastal Areas at the The George Washington University and the UNWTO Themis Foundation Course "Tourism and International Cooperation for Development". This intensive course trains university graduates and professionals in subject areas related to development and international cooperation through tourism and gives them the opportunity specialize in this area of work, as well as become part of the UNWTO Volunteer Corps that support international UNWTO cooperation projects.Dr. Honey's presentation included a showing of "The Goose with the Golden Eggs: Tourism on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast".

October 1, 2014: San Jose, Costa Rica
Costa Rican Congress Hosts Official Launch of CREST Tourism Film

On October 1, CREST’s documentary film "The Goose with the Golden Eggs: Tourism on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast” was officially presented at a forum held in Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly which was called to discuss the major challenges facing tourism in Costa Rica. Some hundred members of Congress and other government officials, tourism leaders, environmental organizations, and academics attended the film showing and panel discussion which was co-hosted by the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly, Fundacion Corcovado, and CREST. In her opening remarks, Congresswoman Marcela Guerrero, Vice President of the Legislative Assembly, explained, “This video gives us an opportunity to discuss the efforts that have been taken in our country to position tourism as the leading economic activity. At the same time, it raises a number of challenges about the need to create an effective and sustainable policy in order to continue to obtain revenues from tourism in the short, medium and long term.”

CREST Executive Director Martha Honey, who also participated in the forum, explained, Honey
"We are extremely pleased that members of Costa Rica's recently elected Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) government see our documentary as an important educational tool for discussions about different models of tourism.  This marks a dramatic turn-around for our film, whose first version was vigorously opposed by ministry of tourism (ICT) officials." In the wake of this criticism, CREST agreed to stop distributing the first version and produced, together with Fundacion Corcovado, a new educational edition which sought to address ICT concerns while keeping the basic themes raised in the original version. The new version, produced in Spanish and English, features commentary by Costa Rica's former First Lady and ex-member of Congress, Margarita Penon and details the growth of large scale resort tourism in Guanacaste province and the growing concerns that this model is less beneficial to local communities than ecotourism for which Costa Rica is best known.

Alejandra Monge, Executive Director of Fundacion Corcovado, told forum attendees, “This new edition video offers an opportunity to create awareness in local communities in the Osa Peninsula and elsewhere, about different tourism models and the implications of each. Osa is growing with hundreds on small ecotourism enterprises that have created jobs and brought indirect benefits to the region.” Monge continued, “Osa doesn’t need the type of big tourism projects” found in Guanacaste where all inclusive resorts and cruise tourism have not been able to solve the problem of poverty and unemployment. She added, “The small and medium ecotourism enterprises and rural tourism in the Osa cannot survive competition from big projects.”

Diego Gonzalez, President of Costa Rica’s ecotourism association, CANAECO, also spoke as part of the panel that discussed the film. As owner of the Parador Resort & Spa in Manuel Antonio which has earned the highest (5 green leaves) level under Costa Rica’s Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) program, Gonzalez emphasized that “Costa Rica is a model for [both] democracy and responsible, sustainable tourism. Many tourism enterprises in Costa Rica have been recognized with CST certification and with international awards.” But, Gonzalez added, “We must raise our voices and call on government to give us its best support possible so that we can keep working” to strengthen sustainable tourism in Costa Rica. 
"The Goose with the Golden Egg” has also been shown in the DC Environmental Film Festival, at the World Bank in Washington, DC, and at various international conferences as well as to community groups in Costa Rica and elsewhere. The film was produced and edited by award-winning documentary film makers Charlene Music (from Costa Rican) and Peter Jordan (from the U.S.). Both hold MFAs in documentary filmmaking from Stanford University.

A short trailer for the video can be viewed and the full film can be downloaded here.

Para ver la version en espanol, haga click.

September 12, 2014: Cancun, Mexico

Dr. Martha Honey, CREST Co-Director, gave the keynote address alongside eco-travel blogger Bret Love, of Green Global Travel, on responsible travel and the “role of the media in promotion of responsible travel” at TBEX North America, held September 11 – 13, 2014, in Cancun, Mexico. In advance of her speech she commented on an ongoing debate about captive dolphin tours in Cancun.

See CREST's press release on this important issue.
See Green Global Travel's interview with Martha.

July 9th - 11th, 2014: Grenada, West Indies

The 3rd Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism was held in St. George', Grenada, July 9-11, 2014. This unique event brought together over 150 ‘green’ experts and practioners, including hoteliers, real estate developers, operators, investors, and others within the tourism industry committed to (or considering) new sustainable models of marine, coastal, and island tourism development and management.  This highly successful event, underscored by engaged participation from Dr. E. Angus Friday, US Ambassador to the United States and Mexico, and Hon. Alexandra Otway-Noel, Grenadian Minister of Tourism, has bostered Grenada's enthusiam for a sustainable future through tourism, and action is already underway.

Photo: Caribbean Maritime Institute Executive Director, Fritz Pinnock, discusses the impacts of cruise tourism in the Caribbean.

Click here for Symposium Proceedings.

June 11, 2014: Cape Cod

CREST has been assisting an exciting destination-wide Travelers’ Philanthropy project in Cape Cod since its inception in 2012. CARE (Creating A Responsible Environment) for the Cape & Islands was created by Jill Talladay, who is the organization’s Director. In 2014, CARE has awarded funding to six different community-based and environmentally responsible projects, which help to preserve and protect the Cape’s unique qualities.

CREST program associate Samantha Hogenson visited Cape Cod to help inspire support and participation among local tourism businesses and organizations to take part in these types of projects. Ms. Talladay organized two presentations on the importance of responsible travel and current initiatives in Cape Cod,  sponsored by the Cape Cod, Falmouth, and Brewster Chambers of Commerce. Other panelists included Ian Ives, Director at MA Audubon’s Long Pasture and Ashumet Wildlife Sanctuaries; Ron Zweig, Falmouth Water Quality Management Committee; and Jesse Mechling, Marine Education Director at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.

April 8th, 2014: Washington, DC

Through the Triway International Group, CREST had the honor of hosting 13 government officials from the Hainan, China, Provincial Tourism Development Committee for an overseas executive training program on ecotourism, cruise, and resort tourism.

The island of Hainan has reached a crucial point in planning for a sustainable future through tourism, and Dr. Martha Honey provided a workshop on best practices and provided suggestions for sustainable tourism certifications, marketing, and product development, in Hainan. CREST's interns from China, Luyang Zhang and Rui You, also presented on their experiences as sustainable tourism students in the George Washington University's Master of Tourism Administration program, providing insight on their vision for sustainable tourism in China.

The day concluded with an informative case study tour of the Willard InterContinental Hotel in downtown Washington, which showcased eco-friendly practices and community-based initiatives available to large hotels.

March 30th, 2014: Washington, DC

CREST's latest documentary, The Goose with the Golden Eggs, was shown shown at the DC Environmental Film Festival and was a great success!

Discussion with Richard Krantz, President, Pilot Productions, Dr. Martha Honey, Co-Director, Center for Responsible Travel, and Elizabeth Becker, author and former New York Times correspondent, followed screening. CREST was thrilled to also welcome Ms. Alejandra Solano from the Embassy of Costa Rica, who made remarks regarding the government's past and current sustainability initiatives.

Left: Alejandra Solano addresses the audience on behalf of the Costa Rican government.
Right: Dr. Martha Honey, Elizabeth Becker, and Richard Krantz discuss coastal tourism impacts.

March 27th & 28th, 2014: Miami Dade College, Miami, FL

Martha Honey delivered the keynote address at the Miami Dade College Ecotourism Symposium, covering the topic of ecotourism and its relationship to environmental, social, cultural, and economic elements of a destination. An in-depth seminar with Honors College students also took place. Finally, Martha discussed ecotourism in South Florida with local business people and government officials.

October 24th, 2013: Washington, DC

The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) premiered The Goose with the Golden Eggs documentary at the World Bank Hosted by the Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Thematic Group.

The Premiere was Introduced by Margarita Penón, Former First Lady of Costa Rica and ex-Parliamentarian and Chaired by Zoubida Allaoua, Director, Urban and Disaster Risk Management Department, The World Bank. Opening Remarks were also given from H.E. Muni Figueres, Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica to Washington, DC, USA.

Discussants included Glenn-Marie Lange, Program Manager, Global Partnership for Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES), The World Bank and Martha Honey, Ph.D, Co-Director, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST).

The film examined the impacts of different models of coastal tourism in Costa Rica, from small-scale eco-lodges in the Osa Peninsula and a sustainable mid-sized resort in Manuel Antonio to large-scale resorts, vacation homes, and cruise ships along the northern Pacific Coast. It featured interviews with Margarita Penon, Costa Rica's highly respected former first lady, as well as with other government officials, tourism experts, and members of coastal communities.

Produced and directed by awardwinning filmmakers Charlene Music ( and Peter Jordan (, the documentary was commissioned by the Center for Responsible Travel and Fundación Corcovado, a Costa Rican NGO, to further public understanding of the differences between high value and high volume tourism.

May 15th - 18th, 2013: Los Cabos, Mexico

The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) and Stanford University's Center for Global Business has held the 2nd Executive Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism. The event highlighted many ideas and models for sustainable tourism development in coastal environments. Click Here for a summary of the results.

January 23rd, 2013: Washington D.C.

CREST Co-Director Martha Honey discusses the importance of Investing in Sustainable Tourism at a forum on Tourism Linkages and the Global Partnership for Oceans

February 6-8th 2013:, Charleston, S.C.,

World Monuments Fund, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Preservation Society of Charleston, are hosting an international symposium on cruise tourism in historic port communities, in cooperation with the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the Coastal Conservation League, and the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST). Click Here for more details.

September 26th, 2012

CREST and Africa Finance & Private Sector Development moderate:

"On the Brink: Contested Space between Conservation and Tourism
The Case of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Masai Mara, Kenya", by Dr. Lars Lindkvist, PhD and Judy Kepher Gona of Basecamp Foundation Kenya. Click here for more information.

November 8th, 2012

Martha Honey, the co-director for the center for responsible travel, talks about the history of ecotourism in the Roberta Buffett center for international and comparative studies' Global Development Series. Check out the article: "Ecotourism expert discusses sustainable travel"

December 7th, 2011

David Krantz speaks at the Segundo Foro Empresarial Coparmex in Mazatlan.
Check out the article

October 8th, 2011

CREST is invited to speak at WSPA's La Magistral Conferencia sobre Bienestar Animal y Desarrollo Sostenible, Cancun, Mexico. Click Here to read the coverage in local papers.

September 29-30th

CREST will be presenting at the OAS Interamerican Travel Congress, San Salvador, El Salvador. Click Here to learn more about this important meeting.

September 23rd, 2011

CREST Travelled to the Universidad de Ciencias Comerciales in Nicaragua with WSPA for a forum on sustainable tourism and animal welfare at the Universidad de Ciencias Comerciales in Managua. Click Here to read about it!

CREST joined World Environmental Day Expo at IMF June 5th, 2011

May 2nd-6th, 2011

CREST and Fundación CORCOVADO held workshops on Traveler's Philanthropy in the Osa Peninsula

Thursday May 27th ~ 12:30 - 2 p.m. - CREST along with International Community Foundation presented New Studies on Coastal Tourism and Vacation Home Trends in Costa Rica and Mexico at World Bank, Washington, DC.

Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) presented results from its recently completed study of coastal tourism in Costa Rica. In addition the International Community Foundation shared findings from its studies of U.S. retires in Mexico's coastal communities in Baja California. The at-capacity turnout was a healthy sign of interest in the studies and we are more than pleased with the motivating discourse following the presentations. Click here for the presentations and more information about the event.

Tuesday, May 18th, from 8:00am to noon - Martha Honey presented at the Sustainable Tourism Planning and Development Laboratory at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island.

Martha Honey lead a lively discussion and workshop on the responsibilities of tourism in the 21st century in the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center of Salve Regina University. Click here to download the flyer and to lean more about the event held on May 18th. Click here to download the presentation.

Comprehensive New Study, "The Impact of Tourism Related Development along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast", Released in Costa Rica Press Conference - April 22, 2010.

Click here to read the press release and click here to download full report. Click here to read the press coverage of the summary report from Costa Rica.


(from left to right) Jorge Cabrera, William H. Durham, Erick Vargas, Margarita Penon (former First Lady of Costa Rica) and George Soriano

Martha Honey and Kristen Lamoureux from George Washington University present at Destination Marketing Association International Destination Showcase 2010 in Washington, DC, February 25th, 2010

Click the link to see the presentation given during the session, Meetings that Give Back: Travelers' Philanthropy' & Voluntourism. Also click here to read about the session at the Destination Showcase 2010.

Second International meeting of indigenous leaders in tourism, INTIRUNA held February 24 - 27, 2010

Indigenous tourism leaders from 10 different countries met February 24 - 27, 2010 at the Nueva Alianza Ecotourism Center, in Frontera Corozal, Chiapas, Mexico. Click here to learn more about this forum.

The Innovators Symposium, Rethinking Coastal Tourism Development: The Importance of Innovators in Times of Climate Change & Economic Crisis was held at Stanford University, January 20 - 22, 2010.

Results are in! Click here to be redirected to the Innovators Symposium proceedings.

Book signing with Martha Honey at the Green Arcade Bookstore in San Francisco Wednesday, November 4

Martha Honey took time to highlight some of trends and findings in the newest edition of her classic book, Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Island Press, 2008). See full announcement here.

A Celebration of Responsible Travel & Festive Trip Auction- November 5, 2009 in San Francisco California

CREST Co-directors Martha Honey and Bill Durham led a successful Celebration of Responsible Travel and a Festive Trip Auction at an elegant home in the Bay area of California- Click here to read more about the event, view the trips, and see pictures.

Martha Honey presents at The Third World Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations in Belize October 19 - 23, 2009.

Click the links below to see Martha Honey's two presentations on Cruise Tourism and Residential Tourism.

Economic Impacts of Cruise Tourism: Costa Rica, Honduras & Belize.

Residential Tourism along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast.

David Krantz presents closing speech at California Travel and Tourism Commission's 2009 Sustainability Summit - October 1, 2009.

Please click the link below to download David Krantz's presentation on the evolution of the ecotourism and responsible travel movements.

The Revolution We're In: Where are we and how did we get here?

CREST Highlights Travelers' Philanthropy at Twin Events in New York City: June 16, 2009

CREST Co-directors Martha Honey and Bill Durham led an evening of cocktails and conversation in New York City with WNYC host Brian Lehrer June 16, 2009. Click here to read about the event and to see pictures. Click here to read the post event press release.

CREST would like to thank Nature Air (, Green Hotels (, Punta Islita ( and Clinton Vineyards ( for donating items to this event.

Also on June 16: CREST Co-Directors discussed Travelers’ Philanthropy at a  Philanthropy New York’s Members Briefing.

Emerging Environmental Leaders from Asia Pacific Region Study Environmental Movement with CREST's Stanford Office: June 10

20 young scholars from Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji and Papua New Guinea met with CREST at Stanford Universsity as part of a six week environmental leadership program designed to empower emerging leaders to develop solutions to global environmental issues. Click here to read the press release.

Visiting Fulbright Sscholar Seema Bhatt presents at CREST May 29, 2009

Seema Bhatt, visiting Fulbright scholar presented "Ecotourism, Issues and Concerns in India" Friday the 29th of May 12:30 - 1:15 at CREST offices in DC. Please click here to read more about Seema Bhatt.

Professor Durham presents at the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM)- May 11, 2009

William Durham presented sustainable tourism models through a candid journey that outlined ecotourism studies in Costa Rica, a cruise impact study in Belize and Mexico and indigenous ecotourism partnerships at SLIM’s day-long forum, “Sustainable Tourism Pathways for Maui Nui,” at Maui Community College on Friday, April 24.

Read full article here

Travelers' Philanthropy Documentary Premier at the World Bank- May 6, 2009

Martha Honey and David Krantz presented the newly completed documentary, “Travelers’ Philanthropy: Giving Time, Talent, and Treasure.” The film examines for the first time the growing global movement by responsible tourism companies and travelers to support social service, environmental, micro enterprise, and other types of projects in tourism destinations. Download the presentation below. Click here for more details.

World Bank Presentation

Travelers' PHilanthropy Conference- December 3 - 5, 2008

We hope you were able to join us in Tanzania in December, 2008 for the second international Travelers' Philanthropy Conference. If you would like to find out more about the participants, topics and presentations from the conference, please see our Events Archive. Currently, there are no events on the planning calendar for early 2009. Please check this page again soon for a list of upcoming events for the full 2009 calendar year.