Make a secure,
tax-deductible donation.

Join our e-Mailing List!


Upcoming & Recent Events

Responsible Travel Tips

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

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.

3rd Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism!
July 9 -11, 2014 | St. George's, 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.

Check out the Symposium Proceedings.

(34 min.)

To order a copy of the DVD for $15 + shipping, e-mail
To download a digital copy of the full film , click "Buy Now" below:

English Version

Spanish Version

Current Reports:

"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.

Download the press release
Download the full report
View media coverage

Image Source: Douglas Brown
Creative Commons License

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.

Summary of the 2nd Executive Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism

The bilingual, three day symposium in Los Cabos, Mexico (with a 4th day for site visits in the area) brought together 150 innovators currently involved in designing, financing, constructing and operating socially and environmentally sustainable coastal tourism developments, as well as potential adopters – those who are or should be interested in learning about innovative models of coastal tourism.


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:

See our Partners section to learn more about the organizations we work with,
or to learn about conservation and sustainable development work worldwide.