CREST Newsletter | July - September 2017

Hurricanes in the Caribbean. A Cuba travel warning. A World Tourism Day forum. Ramped-up operations in Chihuahua. Yes, indeed—these past three months have been incredibly busy for CREST, and not just for the reasons mentioned. For all of the reasons, check out the teasers below, where you’ll also find links to full articles in our latest newsletter, reflecting our latest work to transform the way the world travels.

Building Bridges: Sustainable Tourism Forum

In just eight hours, 140 people attending the CREST-UN Environment-North America Office forum recognizing World Tourism Day and the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development “traveled” from British Columbia to Cuba to the Tex-Mex border region and many points in between, guided and inspired by responsible-travel thought leaders and practitioners. For a detailed account, click here.

After the Storms: Faciliating Caribbean Relief & Recovery

First, there was Irma, then Maria. Now, in the aftermath of these Cat-5 hurricanes, the residents of roughly a dozen Caribbean islands are in desperate need of help, whether it’s monetary or in-kind donations or old-fashioned volunteering. To learn how you can join the effort, click here

Hurricane damage on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands. Source: MOD/DFID

CREST Study Presented in Cuba: "Lessons Learned from Cruise Tourism"

One of many factors that will influence the future of Cuban tourism is the role cruise ships will play - their environmental, social, and economic impacts. With that in mind, CREST traveled to Havana in July to share findings from a “lessons learned” study one high-profile attendee called a “game changer.” Read more about the study here.

Response Grows to New U.S. Restrictions Concering Cuba

Since June, when the Trump administration announced plans to roll back the opening of relations with Cuba, tensions between the country’s governments have only worsened. CREST and many of its partners are working to minimize impacts on the critical tourism industry. Learn more.

Launch of SIFT 2.0 Network and Fund

What was a great idea back in 2008, when it was derailed by the economic recession, is now back in play—an investment network with the potential to fuel projects that can help ensure the long-term stability of sustainable tourism. How, exactly? Find out here.

CREST's Annual "Trends & Statistics" Publication Released

You know it, you love it, you’ve come to depend on it. The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics, produced in collaboration with 25 top-notch partners, is CREST’s annual compilation of the latest information and tools designed to advance responsible travel. This year, it piggybacks on the five “pillars” the UN World Tourism Organization created for its International Year of Sustainable Tourism. You can dig in here.  

CREST Releases New Directory of Sustainable Tourism Resources

Gathering together 140 responsible-travel thought leaders and practitioners for our World Tourism Day forum in late September seemed like a great reason to also provide them with a valuable resource of current best practices on a wide range of tourism topics. So we did, and now we’re sharing it with you

Project Update: Chihuahua Community Tourism Development

For three years, CREST and its Mexican partners have been working hard to develop community-based indigenous tourism in Chihuahua, Mexico. This piece updates the latest efforts as we prepare for a soft launch of the project in late October. Read more here.

Job Opportunity with CREST's Chihuaua Project

In addition, CREST is seeking a part-time consultant to join the above-mentioned community-based, indigenous tourism project in Chihuahua, Mexico. For details, click here.

CREST Welcomes Four New Board Members

To keep up with the incredible pace of sustainable tourism growth, and the many challenges those in the industry face, CREST has increased its board size by 50 percent. Check out the new board members’ bios to learn why we’re so excited they’re joining us.

UN Environment Assembly on Pollution

CREST has joined forces with UN Environment to assist in what promises to be a pivotal moment in the fight against pollution of all kinds around the world. Taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, this December, the assembly calls upon players from the public and private sectors to join the effort. Learn more.

Thank You to Our Fall Travel Auction Donors | Join Us This Holiday Season!

More than 25 donors helped to make the September travel auction our biggest yet, providing critical funding for CREST’s diverse, comprehensive work. Click here to see who deserves a round of applause, and to see how you may be able to take part in our upcoming holiday auction, Dec. 5-19.

In the Spotlight: Traverse Journeys

Meet one of our fall travel auction donors, Traverse Journeys, which offers ecotourist packages by utilizing a community-partnership model. Upcoming adventures will take place in Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Southeast Asia, at a special discount for readers of this newsletter. Discover more here.

Platinum Sponsor Q&A: Basecamp Explorer Kenya

We call those who commit to five years of donating to CREST travel auctions “platinum sponsors.” One of those generous donors is Basecamp Explorer Kenya, and in this Q&A, two of its representatives discuss Basecamp’s relationship with the Maasai people and the ways in which the tour operator benefits the local communities. For the full interview, click here.


Dr. Scott Curtis, a CREST Academic Affiliate, Awarded High Honor

Our academic affiliates, leading professors working within the realm of responsible travel, are truly an impressive bunch. And the rare honor Dr. Scott Curtis recently received from his employer, East Carolina University, is evidence. It also couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. Find out why here.

Welcome to Our Newest Intern, Ellen Ray!

Ellen’s a senior at California Polytechnic State University who will soon earn an undergraduate degree in recreation, parks, and tourism administration. She’s also traveled much of the world. See the other reasons we’re excited to have Ellen join the CREST intern team here.

Speaking of interns, one of our summer interns, Santi Zindel, had an amazing experience with a strategic travelers’ philanthropy in Rwanda back in May. He tells his story first-hand.

Call for Internship Applications for Spring

Just ask those who’ve collaborated with us in the past—CREST provides a wonderful internship opportunity for a host of reasons. And we’re now looking for three interns to join us in the coming season. For details, go here.

CREST in the News

We played a pivotal role in convincing the British Columbia government to ban trophy grizzly-bear hunting, and we know exactly what’s missing from the sustainable-tourism growth puzzle. To find out how and what, check out our media coverage these past three months.

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