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The Goose with the Golden Eggs: Tourism on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast

Travelers' Philanthropy

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Responsible Travel Tips

Traveling soon? Check out CREST's compilation of responsible travel tips.

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CREST Travelers' Philanthropy Handbook
Dos and Don'ts of Travel Giving

The Responsible Travel Industry: Trends and Statistics 2014

The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends and Statistics 2014 examines a wide range of surveys and studies done in the past five years to assess commitment to responsible travel, that is, "travel that minimizes negative impacts, brings economic benefits to host communities, and preserves the cultural and natural resources of the destinations.

Innovating the Caribbean
Help us make our next documentary!

We are partnering with award-winning filmmaker Esther Figueroa, of Vagabond Media, to create a documentary about innovative, sustainable tourism practices in the Caribbean. The film will feature hotels & tourism companies from four Caribbean islands: Aruba, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, and Jamaica.

To learn more and help make this a reality, be a part of our Indiegogo campaign,
March 3 - April 1.

Save the Date!

4th Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism
July 22 - 24, 2015 | Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Official Website:
Contact Samantha Hogenson at for additional details.

Current Reports:

Proceedings of 3rd Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism

July 9 -11, 2014 | St. George's, Grenada, West Indies: 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.

"Economic Impact of Bear Viewing and Bear Hunting in The Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia"

CREST's newest study, released in January 2014, examines the economic impacts of two outdoor recreational activities in the magnificent Great Bear Rainforest in coastal British Columbia: bear hunting and bear viewing. This study is the first to compare the economic value of these two sectors, and comes in the midst of public controversy over trophy bear hunting. The study was conducted by CREST researchers at Stanford University and in Washington, DC, together with two BC-based experts.

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A Portrait of Economic Realities in Nosara and Sámara: Providing Tools for Sustainable Development

This study of Nosara and Sámara Districts in Costa Rica, provide the Nosara Civic Association (NCA) which represents the coastal zone and Development Association of Nosara (ADIN) with essential data and technical assistance needed to move forward plans for both governmental reform and sustainability.

Clic aqui para leer el proyecto en español.

Current Projects:

Sinaloa Sur Initiative

In partnership with knowledgeable and committed local partners, CREST is exploring ways to develop competitive and sustainable tourism in Southern Sinaloa, Mexico.

Along with workshops and a plenary session on "Destination-Level Sustainability" at the 2nd Executive Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism, CREST is creating a series of Factsheets examining critical issues in sustainable tourism development for Sinaloa Sur. These Factsheets cover topics ranging from consumer demand for responsible tourism to the impact of climate change on coastal tourism.  Additional workshops in Mazatlan will help CREST and partners develop sustainability criteria for new tourism development.

Check out our latest Fact Sheets on Sustainable and Competitive Tourism in Sinaloa Sur:

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