Eco Auctions

Working on a project-to-project basis is an impactful and necessary way for us to manage our research, consulting, and educational offerings at CREST. However due to the nature of project work, this means that sometimes there is an inconsistent funding timeline. To make up for these gaps and to further connect with sustainable tourism businesses, four times a year, CREST holds eco-auctions via Charitybuzz.com. These online auctions feature travel packages from responsibly and sustainably operated travel companies. The proceeds of these auctions are an integral part of making sure CREST can continue our various programs for responsible travel, and support our research, internship program, Travelers' Philanthropy program, and daily operations as a non-profit. View the list of Past Contributing Companies.

Most Recent Eco-Travel Auction

December 6 - 20, 2016

The following responsibly-minded travel companies were featured in our holiday auction. We thank them for their belief in and support of CREST!

CREST Platinum Sponsors

The following companies are recognized leaders in sustainability and community involvement in the travel industry. Because of their exemplary work, past support of CREST, and formal commitment to support CREST into the future, Soneva Resorts, Residences & Spas, Micato Safaris, Island Outpost, Basecamp Explorer, Hotel El Ganzo, and Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort are the first inductees into the elite CREST Platinum Sponsors category. Read more about their inspiring work here.

Soneva Resorts, Residences & Spas
Micato Safaris
Island Outpost
Basecamp Explorer Kenya
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
Hotel El Ganzo

Businesses: How can you get involved in CREST Eco-Auctions?

We’re glad you asked. If you represent a high-quality hotelier or tour operator with significant environmental and socially-responsible practices, we'd love to talk to you about joining our next auction. Participating helps to increase your company’s visibility as a sustainably-minded business (this is important! See CREST's 2015 The Case for Responsible Travel), while raising money to ensure CREST can continue to work for you to promote responsible travel.

Benefits include:

  • Promotion of package on Charitybuzz.com, which caters to a high-end clientele of socially and environmentally conscious bidders. Charitybuzz has a network of 60,000+ active bidders and their website receives 600,000+ unique views per month;
  • Visibility through CREST's eco-auction eBlasts to our database of over 14,000, which includes mostly experienced, well educated, and upper income travelers;
  • Spotlight for your company in a rotation of advertising announcements on our social media sites;
  • Logo posted on CREST's website as a donor during eco-auction;
  • Inclusion in the elite "List of Past Contributing Companies," continuously available on CREST's website;
  • Usage of "Proud CREST Supporter" logo to showcase your efforts to current and potential clients;
  • Allows you to align with CREST, which is known world-wide for our valuable work in responsible travel;
  • All donations from U.S. based companies are tax-deductible.

To inquire about participating in CREST’s next auction, email staff@responsibletravel.org.

Travelers: Why should you bid?

Well, it’s a win-win-win for bidders, because these auctions:

  • allow you to enjoy a unique and responsible travel experience
  • positively impact the places your trip package will take you
  • help us go forward with our mission

We typically hold auctions around the following time periods:

  • Valentine’s Day (January-February)
  • Spring (March-April)
  • Summer (June-July)
  • Fall (September-October)
  • Holiday (November-December)