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CREST in the News

July 25, 2015: New Grant Program for Sustainable Tourism: JetBlue Airways partners with the Center for Responsible Travel to offer scholarships for two university students to attend the Innovators Think Tank: Climate Change and Coastal & Marine Tourism, hosted by CREST and the Puntacana Ecological Foundation, in the Dominican Republic.

January 30, 2015: CREST"s Martha Honey weighs in for this Wall Street Journal article by Elaine Glusac - Farm-to-Table Comes to the Caribbean.The article explores how high-end resorts are leading the way in to meet the demand for healthy, local food, and for keeping money in local hands.

October 24, 2014: A year after CREST's study "Economic Impact of Bear Viewing and Bear Hunting in the Great Bear Rainforst of British Columbia" was published, the debate goes on between the two sides. In Maclean's magazine in Canada, Grizzly toll: B.C’s controversial trophy bear hunt by Nancy Macdonald shares "While bear tourism has become an economic boon, the province is expanding a trophy bear hunt that is controversial with both scientists and First Nations."

October 22, 2014: Martha Honey offers insight alongside other ecotourism experts in Bret Love's Yahoo Travel article, "Going Green: the Top 10 Countries that Get it Right".

September 16, 2014: Interested in the business behind ecotourism? CREST Program Director, David Krantz, provides insight on U.S. Eco-Resorts in the Wall Street Journal, in an article entitled In the U.S., It's Back to Nature for Some Resorts by Robyn A. Friedman.

September 15, 2014: Eco-blogger Bret Love of Green Global Travel sat down with Martha Honey to talk about CREST's foundation, responsible tourism, and the role of the travel media in responsible tourism. See the comprehensive and fun interview here.

July 17, 2014: 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.

Media coverage was considerable, and included the following:

June 27, 2014: CREST Program Director David Krantz speaks with Blue & Green Tomorrow's Seth Kirby about Travellers’ Philanthropy – where tourism businesses and travellers are going to extraordinary lengths. See the article: "Philanthropy is about giving ‘a hand up, rather than a handout’"

May 10th, 2014: NBC news highlighted CREST in an article entitled "Travelers Inspired to Do Good While Seeing the World", By Tanya Mohn. The article discusses impactfull and appropriate ways travelers can interact with a community or environment they're visiting, spotlighting several travel companies that are 'offering globetrotters increasingly innovative ways to support a charitable cause while seeing the world.'

Excerpt: 'But there are ways to strike the right balance between meaningful support and respectful engagement, said said Martha Honey, co-founder and co-director of the Center for Responsible Travel. Travelers should do their homework in advance to learn about sponsoring companies, such as if they are deeply connected to host communities on the ground, Honey said.'

April 29th, 2014: The Tico Times article by , "Controversial tourism documentary receives second release", has reignited conversation surrounding CREST's documentary on tourism impacts in Costa Rica. The Goose with the Golden Eggs looks at high value vs. high volume models of tourism in the country.

Excerpt: "Everybody knows that Costa Rica is a tourists’ paradise. But in the documentary “The Goose with the Golden Eggs,” we hear another side to the story: The industry may be a boon in general, but not every kind of tourist is good for the country.

Originally titled “Cracking the Golden Egg,” the film stirred controversy in 2011 and was withdrawn from circulation. After significant revision and a new title, the documentary has been re-released and is making rounds at film festivals."

April 9th, 2014: CREST and our Program Director, David Krantz, were referenced in the New York Times article "Eat, Stay, Buy Locally: Treading Lightly on the Road", by Ondine Cohane.

The article tackles the question posed by Cohane, "It’s a classic traveler’s question, one that is especially pronounced in developing or poor countries: Is your visit to a destination ultimately helping or hurting the place and its people? Is it possible to travel ethically in such places?"

Check out CREST's input on this important topic!

March 27th, 2014: The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends and Statistics 2014, updated from 2013, 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.

The CREST study was prepared in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), Sustainable Travel International (STI), Tourism Cares, the Internatinal Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IITP), the George Washington University, Rainforest Alliance, the International Ecotourism Society (TIES), and the Travel Foundation.

Media coverage included the following:

January 7th, 2014: The Center for Responsible Travel examined 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 generated considerable media coverage, a portion of which can be viwed here:

September 10th, 2013: The Center for Responsible Travel featured its "Traveler's Philanthropy Handbook" in Travel Weekly. The article 'Rethinking Voluntourism" dicusses the pitfalls of voluntourism and looks to identify ways in which the travel industry and travelers alike can make a positive impact on the environment and communities they touch.

February 11th, 2013: The Center for Responsible Travel was a main player and sponsor for a recent International Conference around Cruise Tourism: "Harboring Tourism, A Symposium on Cruise Ships in Historic Cities". The Conference, held February 6-8th in Charleston South Carolina, critically analyzed the impacts of tourism on port communities. Click here for more information.

Check out the New York Times article "Battle in Genteel Charleston Harbor is over Cruise Ships" by Kim Severson.

November 8th, 2012: Martha Honey, the co-director for the center for responsible travel, talks about the history of ecotourism in the Roberta Buffett center for international and comparative studies' Global Development Series. Check out the article: "Ecotourism Expert discusses sustainable travel "

June 1st, 2012: David Krantz is the opening speaker at the Green Expo 2012 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Check out this article with a quote from him (en español) "Con 40 proveedores se realiza la Green Expo en México"

March 14th, 2012: CREST is proud to announce the recent release of Alternative Development Models and Good Practices for Sustainable Costal Tourism: A Framework for Decision Makers in MexicoClic Aquí para la Versión en Español

December 7th, 2011: David Krantz speaks at the Segundo Foro Empresarial Coparmex in Mazatlan. Check out the article: "Faltan Acciones, no Buenas Intenciones"

October 8th, 2011: CREST is invited to speak at WSPA's La Magistral Conferencia sobre Bienestar Animal y Desarrollo Sostenible, Cancun, Mexico. Click Here to read the coverage in local papers.

September 26th, 2011: "Is it Time to Rethink the Costa Rican Tourism Industry?" - an article by Sylvia Arias features CREST's Study: "The Impact of Tourism Related Development along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast". To read the article - Click Here!

September 23rd, 2011: Travelers' Philanthropy featured in WSPA's forum on sustainable tourism and animal welfare. Click here to read the article.

September 13,2011: CREST featured in the IUCN article. Click Here to see article:

"Travelers’ Philanthropy: Supporting Conservation and Local Communities"

August 30, 2011: CREST is quoted in the New York Times Green Blog. Click Here to see the article: "Controversial Airport is Planned for Costa Rica"

May 15th, 2011: Travel Talk Radio interviews Martha Honey about CREST's Traveler's Philanthropy and the 3rd International Traveler's Philanthropy Conference, July 20th-23rd, Costa Rica! Click here to listen!

April 20, 2011: Leer sobre el proyecto en El Financiero

April 5, 2011:Study Confirms Benefits of Ecotourism in Biodiversity Rich, Economically Poor Region of Costa Rica. Click here to read the press release from Center for Responsible Travel.

March 29, 2011: In their new article, OnEarth Magazine asks CREST "Can Ecotourism Survive in Costa Rica?"

July 28, 2010: CREST's David Krantz answered questions during a press conference on the controversial tourism development proposed for Mexico's Pacific coast near Mazatlan. His comments were picked up by local papers Noroeste.com and Debate. Click on the respective links to read the coverage (in Spanish).

June 4, 2010: CREST releases a statement about the film "Cracking the Golden Egg". Click here to read the statement.

May 21, 2010: CREST's Dos and Don'ts of Travel Giving publication has a specific Africa focus in Anouk Zijlma's Travel Giving Tips for Visitors: Africa Travel Do's and Don'ts - What Gifts to Bring to Africa? Click here to read the article and click here to read CREST's publication of Dos and Don'ts of Travel Giving.

May 11, 2010: CREST will present New Studies on Coastal Tourism and Vacation Home Trends in Costa Rica and Mexico at World Bank, Washington, DC on May 27th 2010 from 12:30 to 2:00! Click here to read the announcement.

Martha Honey presenting at the Sustainable Tourism Planning and Development Laboratory at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island on Tuesday, May 18th, from 8:00am to noon. Click here to read the announcement.

May 12, 2010:"Foreign studies question Costa Rica's green image" by the Costa Rica News (Costa Rica's #1 Online English Newspaper). Click here to read the article.

April 30, 2010: CREST's new study, "The Impact of Tourism Related Development along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast," is lead story in the Tico Times. Click here to read the lead story, an editorial and op-ed by Martha Honey and William Durham.

April 22, 2010: Comprehensive New Study Released: "The Impact of Tourism Related Development along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast" Click here to read the press release and click here to download full report. Click here to read the press coverage of the summary report from Costa Rica.


(from left to right) Jorge Cabrera, William H. Durham, Erick Vargas, Margarita Penon (former First Lady of Costa Rica) and George Soriano

March 12, 2010: New Study Shows Strength of Responsible Tourism Market Despite Global Economic Recession. Click here to read the press release from Center for Responsible Travel and click here to read the press release from SNV Netherlands Development Organization!

Click here to download the full report, The Market for Responsible Tourism Products with a special focus on Latin America and Nepal.

Second International meeting of indigenous leaders in tourism, INTIRUNA held February 24 - 27, 2010

Indigenous tourism leaders from 10 different countries met February 24 - 27, 2010 at the Nueva Alianza Ecotourism Center, in Frontera Corozal, Chiapas, Mexico. Click here to learn more about this forum.

February 3, 2010: First Coastal Tourism Innovators Symposium Receives Praise from Participants. Click here to read the results of the Innovators Symposium held at Stanford University, January 20-22, 2010. Click here to read the Innovators Symposium proceedings.

December 10, 2009: Chris Blackwell, Owner of Island Records & Boutique Resorts To Play Leading Role at Coastal Tourism Innovators Symposium.

Click here to read the press release about Chris Blackwell's participation in the Coastal Tourism Innovators Symposium held January 20-22, 2010.

October 2009: Martha Honey and Raymond Gilpin's Special Report from the United States Institute for Peace is released.

The Special Report includes three country profiles and case studies collected from participants from the Travelers' Philanthropy Conference last December. Contributing authors are Dr. Bola Adeleke, Nigeria; Aditi Chanchani, India; and Dr. David Western of Kenya. Please click the link below to read the Special Report Tourism in the Developing World, Promotong Peack and Reducing Poverty by Martha Honey and Raymond Gilpin.

October 23, 2009: CREST announces Acclaimed Explorer and Oceanographer Sylvia Earle to address ‘Green’ Resort and Vacation Home Developers at Stanford Symposium.

Click here to read the press release about Sylvia Earle's participation in the Coastal Tourism Innovators Symposium held January 20-22, 2010.

October 18, 2009: Denver Post releases Voluntour Info article highlighting interview with CREST's David Krantz and CREST's work in Travelers' Philanthropy and Voluntourism.

Click the link below to read the article in the Denver Post:

Voluntour Info.

September 29, 2009: California based radio show interviews Martha Honey on responsible travel!

Tonya Fitzpatrick from Travel'n On Radio interviews Co-director Martha Honey. Click here to listen to the radio show and interview!

July 22, 2009: Announcing Innovators Symposium: Rethinking Coastal Tourism Development: The Importance of Innovators in Times of Climate Change & Economic Crisis

Stanford University Graduate School of Business, January 20 - 22, 2010. Click www.crestconference.org to see the new website.

July 21, 2009: Travel + Leisure "Worlds Best Awards" Announced!

Travelers' Philanthorpy partners Country Walkers and Punta Islita awarded "World's Best" along with Travelers' Philanthropy conference sponsors, Micato Safaris, Abercrombie & Kent, and Big Five Tours & Expeditions and pioneers Lindblad Expeditions.

Congratulations to our partners, sponsors and Pioneers! Click here to read the Travel + Leisure article!

July 15, 2009: Ashoka Changemakers Geotourism Challenge Finalists Announced!

Congratulations to Travelers' Philanthorpy partner Nature Air for being a finalist in the Geotourism Challenge! Click here to read about the finalists.

June 24, 2009: The Center for Responsible Travel Introduces “Travelers’ Philanthropy” to a New York Audience in Successful Twin Events

June 20, 2009: Travelers' Philanthropy company wins WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Award!

NatureAir receives prestigious recognition from World Travel & Tourism Council, honored as the 2009 Tourism for Tomorrow Conservation Award Winner! Click here to read the full article (Spanish) (English)

June 18, 2009: U.S. Mayors to Support Global Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism

Click here to read about how Mayors of major US cities have agreed to urge their member cities to support the global guidelines for sustainable tourism found in the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

May 21, 2009: Seema Bhatt and Martha Honey present at USAID

Seema Bhatt, a visiting Fulbright Scholar with CREST from India, presented "Ecotourism, Issues and Concerns in India" at USAID. She was joined by Martha Honey who discussed Travelers' Philanthropy.

May 18, 2009: NatureAir wins WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Award!

Travelers' Philantrhopy company, NatureAir received the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Award from World Travel & Tourism Council, honored as the 2009 Conservation Award Winner! Click here to read the full article (Spanish) (English)

May 6, 2009: Travelers' Philanthropy Documentary Premier at World Bank

The Travelers' Philanthropy Documentary “Travelers’ Philanthropy: Giving Time, Talent, and Treasure" premiered at the World Bank in Washington, DC May 6, 2009. Martha Honey and David Krantz also presented on CREST's history and experiences with Travelers' PHilanthropy.

Click here to read more details.

April 20, 2009: Responsible Travel Highlighted by Condé Nast Traveler

In a recent piece by Kevin Doyle, Condé Nast Traveler examines luxury travel that gives back.

Click here to read the article online.

April 13, 2009: CREST Releases April 2009 Newsletter

Click here to read about CREST's current programs, events, publications, staff, and ongoing projects.

March 26, 2009: CREST Provides Guidance on Responsible Giving

CREST announces its newest publication, "Dos and Don'ts of Travel Giving", designed to help travelers and businesses avoid common pitfalls. Click here to read the press release, or click here to read the full publication.

March 10, 2009: CESD is now Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)

CESD has officially become the Center for Responsible Travel. Although our name has changed, our mission remains the same: To transform the way the world travels. Click to learn more.

December 6, 2008: Travelers' Philanthropy Conference a Success!

CESD wishes to thank the sponsors, keynote speakers and participants who helped make the recent Travelers' Philanthropy conference a great success. Thank you for joining us in Arusha! We hope to see you again at our future conferences and events.

Click here for follow up materials, and we hope to see you again at future events!

CESD Publications in the News

WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show interviews CESD Co-director Dr. Martha Honey on the recent edition of her book, Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? Click here to hear the broadcast.

November 10, 2008:

CESD announces a book signing for Martha Honey's newly released edition of Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise?. Signing will take place 12:30pm to 1:45pm on November 20th, at the CESD office in Washington DC. Click here for full details.

October 21, 2008:

WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show interviews CESD Co-director Dr. Martha Honey on the recent edition of her book, Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? Click here to hear the broadcast.

August 15, 2008

CESD and CAB International announce publication of volume 7 of the CAB Ecotourism Series: Ecotourism and Conservation in the Americas by CESD Co-Director, Dr. William Durham, in collaboration with Dr. Amanda Stronza. Click here to learn more.

August 6, 2008:

CESD and Island Press proudly announce publication of the new edition of Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? by CESD Co-Director, Dr. Martha Honey. Click here for the Press Release, or click here for details from the publisher.

Please note: Due to a publishing error, on the back cover of some copies of the Second Edition, Dr. Honey is erroneously listed as the "Executive Director" of the Center on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development (CESD). Since the founding of CESD, Dr. Honey has been one Co-Director and Professor William H. Durham of Stanford University has been the other Co-Director of the Center. The publisher and Dr. Honey regret the error.

July 16, 2008:

Congratulations to our travel partners, Micato Safaris, Country Walkers and Lindblad Expeditions for their top rankings among the "World's Best" Awards by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Click here to read the full article.

June 23, 2008:

Green Travel in the news: Interview on Minnesota Public Radio with CESD Co-director Martha Honey, PhD. What does truly earth-friendly travel mean, and what forms might it take? Experts discuss. Click here to listen to a recording of the broadcast, in RealPlayer format.

June 1, 2008:

Dr. Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement, has graciously agreed to give the keynote address at the 2008 Travelers’ Philanthropy Conference to be held in Arusha, Tanzania, December 3-5, 2008.

March 25, 2008:

Attention Charter Club Invitees, CESD announces its next ecotourism study tour with CC AFrica on Safari in Tanzania taking place directly after the Travelers' Philanthropy conference December 6-12, 2008.

February 18, 2008:

CESD seeks Director of Development. See job posting here.

February 13, 2008:

Registration is now open for our upcoming Travelers' Philanthropy Conference in Arusha, Tanzania, December 3-5, 2008.

February 12, 2008:

Please click here for more information on Ecostorm Dharamsala, a seminar to be held in Dharamsala, India and sponsored by Basecamp Explorer.

February 1, 2008:

CESD releases a new study on coastal tourism development. It takes a global look at current trends in the way coastal tourism development occurs, its impacts, and recommended interventions for WWF. To download a copy, click here.

January 16, 2008:

CESD announces its new Market Research Department. For details click here.

January 14, 2008:

CESD Spring Internships - Washington DC and Stanford internships available for Spring 2008. For details click here.

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