Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)

Our Positive Impact Trip Contest is Now Open!
Enter to win a surf and yoga vacation in Costa Rica.

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:
  • November 2018: CREST launches a Positive Impact Trip contest with social media community Steller. Share your story of making a difference through travel and enter to win a trip to Bodhi Surf + Yoga in Costa Rica!
  • October 2018: Check out our Fall 2018 Newsletter for the latest updates from CREST.
  • October 2018: CREST releases The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2018, which includes an in-depth look at the complex issue of overtourism and the role of responsible travel in developing solutions.
  • September 2018: CREST and The George Washington University's International Institute of Tourism Studies host a World Tourism Day Forum, "Overtourism: Seeking Solutions" in Washington, DC.
  • August 2018: The State Department updates Cuba's Travel Advisory rating to Level 2. Read our press release.
  • June 2018: CREST releases "Por el Mar de las Antillas: 50 Anos de Turismo de Cruceros en el Caribe."
    English version to be released in late 2018.
  • March 2018: CREST's 2017 edition of "Milestones" released.
  • January 2018: CREST's four-book series on climate change and coastal and marine tourism in the Caribbean now available.
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