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The Center for Resposible Travel (CREST) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit public charity, and the majority of our work is funded by donations and grants. To make a secure, tax-deductible donation to CREST, please click here.

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Our Partners

African Safari Lodge Foundation asl

The African Safari Lodge Foundation (ASLF) and members of its team, have many years of experience in conservation, development, tourism and land reform through its activities as the ASLF and its predecessor, Mafisa Planning and Research. The company’s mission to facilitate economic growth, ownership, skills development and job-creation through responsible forms of tourism and related land uses following a “rights-based” approach.

African Safari Lodge Foundation Website

Audubon International Audobon

Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources, thus leading to more sustainable communities. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities.

Audubon International Website

Basecamp Foundationbcf

The Basecamp Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation that funds and supports initiatives that develop and promote responsible tourism. The 'mother' unit, and advisory board, is based in Oslo, Norway. As of May 2009 the Basecamp Foundation also consists of two other linked, but separate foundations: Basecamp Foundation Kenya, which hosts and operates the resources for implementing projects and developing programs, and Basecamp Foundation USA, which manages contacts in the US and administers our fundraising and project development operations in the USA and Canada.

Basecamp Foundation and their for-profit associated company, Basecamp Explorer partnered previously with CREST for the Travelers' Philanthropy Conference held December 3 - 5, 2008 in Arusha, Tanzania. Basecamp Foundation and CREST are working currently on producing the Travelers' Philanthropy Handbook.

Basecamp Foundation Website


BlueGreenMatters.org in collaboration with Skyviews Inc., Caribbean map publishers since 1985, have inaugurated a Sustainability Award scheme for small, medium and large tourism service providers in 11 Caribbean islands. GLISPA, Global Island Partnership, and CREST, the Center for Responsible Travel support the Awards.

The Awards measure the impact of a business on the environment in 5 key areas: Biodiversity, Energy, Social Governance, Waste and Water. Implementing changes in these areas can increase a business's bottom line whilst decreasing the negative impact on the environment.

The data collected from private sector on the challenges to adoption is shared with public sector in an effort to implement policy change and support sustainable tourism.

For more information please contact:

T. 1 246 434 3434

Bodhi Surf School

Bodhi Surf School is a tourism business that aims to provide memorable travel experiences through exposure to the people and theenvironment of the place that it calls home. Bahia Ballena is a small, coastal Costa Rican community that borders the spectacular Marino Ballena National Park, a wonderful place to get back into the natural rhythm of nature. Helping foster a reconnection with nature through yoga and surfing is one of Bodhi Surf School’s most important goals, as having positive experiences in nature are the best way to promote the protection of nature. The word “Bodhi” is Sanskrit for “awareness”, and as a business, Bodhi Surf weaves themes of environmental and marine conservation awareness into its everyday practices. 

Bodhi Surf School Website


Conselva is a non-profit organization in Mexico, which works to achieve a balance between the conservation of the environmental services provided by drainage basins and the economic and social development of communities that live from the sierra to the coast.

Conselva Website


FreeNomads is a free and fast growing online business-to-business platform developed specifically for tourism professionals, letting them promote their travel businesses worldwide while connecting with clients and providers based on the information in their business profiles. FreeNomads also provides free marketing, management and communication tools designed to improve competitiveness. And, most importantly, its unique structure means that users never feel lost in the crowd as is common on other social networks. As of the beginning of 2014 FreeNomads FreeNomads has members in 138 countries worldwide.

FreeNomads Website

Fundación CorcovadoFundación Corcovado

The Corcovado Foundation is a non profit organization,  created by concerned neighbors of Corcovado National Park to lead the fight to stop illegal hunting and logging. It is a hands-on, down to earth local leader in conservation, who works closely with the National Park Service to protect the wild heritage and the future of protected areas.  The foundation advances the cause of environmental education and champions the rights of the local communities, while encouraging responsible tourism as a tool to help protect this incredible gift that we have been left, the Osa Peninsula.

Corcovado Foundation Website


Greentique Hotels is Costa Rica’s acknowledged leader in environmental and responsible tourism for over 17 years.  Operating 3 boutique properties within Costa Rica’s most environmentally distinct and biologically diverse regions, respect for environment, community and employees are the core elements that guide managements operations. Greentique Hotels has been internationally recognized for its world-class levels of environmental and social responsibility. The management group are recipients of Costa Rica/CST 5 green leaves for sustainability excellence as well as the UN World Heritage Alliance and Rainforest Alliance awards for best sustainable practices in tourism. Greentique Hotels is committed to providing guests their unique brand of up-scale sustainable hospitality, which includes experiences and opportunities for community program participation, environmental education and nature based activities that fulfill its philosophy and commitment to providing “exceptional Costa Rican experiences”.

Greentique Hotels Website


INCAE is a private, non-profit, multinational, higher-education organization devoted to teaching and research endeavors in the fields of business and economics aimed at training and instructing, from a worldwide perspective, individuals capable of successfully holding top management positions in Latin America. In 1964, the business community and the governments of the Central American nations founded INCAE as an initiative. Since its inception it has had the technical supervision of the Harvard Business School. INCAE is presently focused on three key activities:

  • Masters programs in areas critical for Latin American development.
  • Executive training programs and seminars.
  • Research projects on competitiveness in the region.

INCAE has an applied approach combining the best practice and the world frontier of knowledge with the realities in Latin America.

INCAE Website

Instituto Turismo Responsable y Sostenible LatinoameITSLA logoricano

ITSLA strives for sustainable and responsible tourism via regional ties and strategies, exchanges, and collaborative work.  We combine the necessity to conserve biological diversity and maintain the social and cultural heritage of our Latin American communities.  From these values, we have developed a task with local organizations in order to promote the social and economic wellbeing of humans and animal species in harmony with the ecosystem.

ITSLA Website

Maliasili Initiatives


Maliasili Initiatives Ltd. is a consulting firm based in northern Tanzania that works to develop innovative strategies for sustainable natural resource management that bridge interests in rural development, governance, and biodiversity conservation. We work with local communities, collaborating non‐government organizations, and public and private entities to develop new livelihood opportunities from enterprises related to tourism, forestry, livestock production, and other resources. We work with both researchers and field practitioners to tackle challenges relating to natural resource rights and tenure by developing more effective strategies for governance reforms.

Maliasili Initiatives Website

The Ocean Foundation

The Ocean Foundation’s mission is to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world. We do this in three ways:

  • We advance innovative, customized philanthropic solutions for individual, corporate and government donors, we simplify giving so donors can focus on their chosen passion for the coasts and ocean.
  • We focus our collective expertise to generate cutting edge content on emerging threats, potential solutions, and better strategies for implementation.
  • We find, evaluate, and support the most effective marine conservation projects and organizations.

In 2003, TOF established a unique model of “resort partnerships” to assure that tourism development benefits the communities in which they are located, under the rubric of Love this Place and its People™.  As part of this work, its team developed an award-winning set of Coastal Sustainable Development Standards.  For the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) standards development process, TOF is a member of two working groups:  Cruise Lines and Hotels & Lodging.  The Ocean Foundation team can bring international as well as domestic experience that supports navigation of the many complex and cumulating issues related to sustainability, responsible tourism and travel.  We strive to be neutral, ethical and work to protect our long established ideals related to coast and ocean resources that promote family recreation, fishing and tourism, while preserving our various cultural heritages, natural resources and biodiversity for future generations. 

The Ocean Foundation Website

People In ActionPeople In Action logo

People in Action, a NGO based in Grenada in the Caribbean, focuses on innovative research & development solutions for the sustainable growth. Its goal is to foster the holistic socio-economical development of communities through stakeholder participation, asset management, and empowerment.Its mission is to facilitate a processs that will enable the communities to accept responsibilities, to explore possibilities & takeaction to improve theri standard of living in a continuing and independent basis through transparency and accountability.

People in Action Website

Monteverde Institute Monteverde Logo

The Monteverde Institute (MVI) is an international research and educational center committed to providing education for a sustainable future. A non-profit association founded in 1986, MVI is located high in the Tilaran Mountains of Costa Rica. Its 38-acre campus forms part of the famous Monteverde Reserve Complex, an area of natural preserves that protect more than 65,000 acres of endangered tropical forest. This location underlines the importance of MVI’s commitment to sustainability. The institute’s programs are based on the belief that in order to achieve sustainability—both locally and globally—a combination of environmental, social, cultural, economic, and technological factors must be carefully considered. To that end, MVI fosters a synergistic approach that blends international study, applied research and community engagement. Its programs focus on ecotourism, conservation biology, community health, land use and sustainable development, anthropology, social development, and Spanish language and culture. 

Monteverde Institute Website

Rainforest Alliance rainforest alliance logo

The Rainforest Alliance is a leading international conservation organization. Our mission is to protect ecosystems and the people and wildlife that live within them by implementing better business practices for biodiversity conservation and sustainability. Companies, cooperatives, and landowners that participate in our programs meet rigorous standards for protecting the environment, wildlife, workers, and local communities. The Rainforest Alliance boasts more than 17,000 supporters, with an annual budget of nearly $9 million (2002). The Rainforest Alliance runs the Adopt-a-Rainforest Program, Sustainable Agriculture Network, and the SmartWood and SmartVoyager programs.

Rainforest Alliance Website


SEEtheWILD is working to boost efforts to protect endangered wildlife by promoting alternatives to destructive activities, increasing critical funding for conservation, and inspiring new wildlife activists. We promote conservation projects that offer ways for travelers to directly support their efforts and partner with top responsible tourism operators to get people to these sites. And we work with conservation organizations to ensure that we avoid causing harm to wildlife.  Our trips offer travelers the opportunity to support and participate in inspiring and successful wildlife conservation programs around the world.

SEEtheWILD Website

Sostenible Por Naturalezaspn

Sustainable by Nature is a specialized, highly experienced, bilingual (English/Spanish) consultancy firm, conducting research, assessments, field projects, and public presentations in sustainable tourism and ecotourism, with a strong emphasis on biodiversity, local communities, and sustainable development issues. While Sustainable by Nature is based in Santa Ana, Costa Rica, the organization has the flexibility to work in other locations around the world. Sustainable by Nature frequently works for private companies, development agencies, non governmental organizations, local community organizations and municipality governments.

Sustainable by Nature Website

United Nations Environment Programme UNEP logo

The United Nations Enviroment Programme is an international organization headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. Charged by the United Nations with focusing on the enviroment and creating programs to protect it in the future, the United Nations funds studies and programs across the world on a variety of subjects. UNEP focuses on a breadth of issues: Enviromental Assessment, Biodiversity, Governance & Law, the Atmosphere and Civil Society Issues among others.

UNEP Website


iSeeiTravel is a media company dedicated to promoting conscious travel. Using a "doc-marketing" strategy iSeeiTravel produces documentaries based on real places, real people and real travel experiences. Through visual media and integrated digital marketing iSeeiTravel inspires people to travel and experience the world in ways that are sustainable, responsible and meaningful.

iSeeiTravel Website


WORLD FOOTPRINTS (formerly Travel'n On) is an Award-Winning broadcast companythat celebrates responsible travel, culture and heritage through its educational, entertaining and eclectic weekly travel radio shows and multi-media programs.  Travelers learn about voluntourism, geotourism, travel philanthropy, the preservation of our cultural heritage and protecting the eco-balance of our planet.   World Footprints offers fascinating interviews with celebrities, authors and newsmakers about their transformative travel experiences.  World Footprints explores unique destinations and travel niches and provides the latest information about legislation impacting travel.

World Footprints Website