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

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Upcoming & Recent Events

Costa Rican Congress Hosts Official Launch of CREST Tourism Film

October 1, 2014

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.

Loving the World as a Responsible Traveler


Courtesy of Theresa Conn
CREST's 2014 "I Love Responsible Travel Because..." Contest Winner

Responsible travel requires responsible travel options and education. Whether you represent a destination or a tourism business that wants to move forward sustainably, a funder looking to make a difference in our world's precious places, or a professor who would like to instill in your students the importance of responsible travel on our world's environments, cultures, and economies, we're here to help. Contact us at to find out how to get involved.

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.

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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.

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:

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