Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)

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Transforming the Way the World Travels

Responsible tourism aims to minimize tourism's negative impacts on the environment and maximize the positive contributions tourism can make to local communities. If left unchecked, large-scale tourism development can damage ecosystems, pollute environments and exploit local communities. But traveling responsibly is not about halting development or staying home. It is about managing travel and destinations in an environmentally and culturally responsible way and designing tourism programs and individual trips carefully, to provide travelers with the experience they seek, while leaving a positive footprint on their destination.

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Current News:
  • October 2020: Read the latest updates from CREST in our Fall Newsletter.
  • September 2020: CREST announces Judy Kepher-Gona as the recipient of the 2nd Annual Martha Honey Legacy in Responsible Travel Award. View her video acceptance!
  • September 2020: CREST releases The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2020. The latest edition of our annual study includes a special focus on lessons from COVID-19 for tourism in a changing climate. View the recording of our insightful World Tourism Day webinar on the topic!
  • July 2020: CREST's new Impact Tourism Handbook shares inspiring and practical case studies from businesses, NGOs, and destinations making strategic contributions of time, talent, and treasure to local environmental and social projects.
  • June 2020: CREST has joined six global nonprofit organizations to form the Future of Tourism Coalition. Learn more and join the movement for tourism's new future at
  • April 2020: CREST releases a new Spanish-language resource on small-scale tourism, sharing perspectives from Cuba and Costa Rica.
  • March 2020: CREST releases our first-ever Impact Report, which shares our work to advance responsible travel in 2019.

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