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  • December 6, 2018: "Regulations and Sustainability - An Awkward Paradox for Travel." In November, CREST executive director Martha Honey participated in an executive roundtable on "Travel and the Future of Cities" at The Phocuswright Conference. This Phocuswire article shares information about the roundtable and features a video of the discussion.
  • December 3, 2018: "Cruise Companies are Putting More Energy Into Creating Cleaner and Greener Vessels." CREST executive director Martha Honey provides information on environmental monitoring of cruises in this Los Angeles Times article.
  • November 16, 2018: "Finding the Bali You Came For." CREST executive director Martha Honey discusses the deep commitment needed to address overtourism in this Condé Nast Traveler article about Bali.
  • November 16, 2018: "Detouring: Top World Destinations are Overrun. Take Our Suggestions for Roads Not Taken." The Washington Post shares alternatives to some of the world's most popular destinations in this article featuring CREST executive director Martha Honey.
  • October 10, 2018“Centro para el Turismo Responsable por más nexos entre EE.UU. y Cuba.” CREST executive director Martha Honey spoke with Prensa Latina for this story about work of our Cuba advocacy coalition and the importance of people to people travel to Cuba.
  • October 7, 2018: “Experts Talk Threat of Overtourism and Possible Solutions.” Travel Weekly discusses the key takeaways from the 2018 World Tourism Day Forum on solutions to overtourism hosted by CREST and The George Washington University’s International Institute of Tourism Studies.
  • October 3, 2018“Can the World Be Saved From Overtourism?” CNN covers the 2018 World Tourism Day Forum, highlighting overtourism solutions discussed by Barcelona’s Albert Arias Sans, Iceland’s MaríaReynisdóttir, and G Adventures’ Sarah Miginiac.
  • October 1, 2018“A Call for Critical Thinking As We Move Our Tourism Industry Forward.” This op-ed on tourism policies and practices in the Bahamas cites CREST’s research on cruise tourism.
  • September 30, 2018“Who Owns Tourism?” This article from journalist David Jessop considers overtourism in the Caribbean and shares insights from the 2018 World Tourism Day Forum. It has been featured in a number of publications including Jamaica GleanerBarbados AdvocateVirgin Islands Daily, and Stabroek News.
  • September 17, 2018: Experts to Discuss Overtourism in Nation’s Capital.” This Travel Pulse article discusses the 2018 World Tourism Day Forum on overtourism, quoting an interview with CREST executive director Martha Honey and highlighting forum speakers.
  • September 7, 2018: “Why Travel? – A 21st Century Existential Crisis.” This comprehensive article by journalist Gail Pellett provides an in-depth look at pressing issues in global travel, including overtourism, and examines the history of travel and travel writing. CREST executive director Martha Honey shared her insights on the impact of cruise tourism for the piece.
  • August 27, 2018: “Leveraging Anniversaries: Overtourism’s 10th, Mandela’s 100th.” Travel Weekly editor in chief Arnie Weissmann examines the history of overtourism in his weekly column and shares information with readers about the 2018 World Tourism Day Forum hosted by CREST and The George Washington University’s International Institute of Tourism Studies.
  • August 24, 2018: Driving at the Heart of Sustainable Tourism.” Asian Property Review features an interview with CREST managing director Samantha Bray about progress being made in sustainable tourism.
  • August 23, 2018: U.S. Softens its Cuba Travel Advisory, but Still Advises Caution.” The Miami Herald reports on the State Department’s update to the Cuba travel advisory rating, quoting CREST executive director Martha Honey. A number of other outlets, including Travel WeeklyCigar AficionadoTravel Agent CentraleTurboNewsRadio Habana Cuba, and Prensa Latina, discussed CREST’s Cuba advocacy in the days following the travel advisory change.
  • August 17, 2018: Overtourism: Searching for Solutions.” In this article, eTurboNews highlights the 2018 World Tourism Day Forum hosted by CREST and The George Washington University’s International Institute of Tourism Studies, sharing details on the day-long event’s panel discussions and speakers.
  • August 13, 2018: An Ethical Guide To The Much-Hated All-Inclusive Resort.” In this Uproxx News article, CREST managing director Samantha Bray shares her insights on choosing responsible all-inclusive vacations.
  • August 4, 2018: Las medidas de Trump han perjudicado a los mismos cubanos que pretendía beneficiar.” This OnCuba article by Rafael Betancourt discusses the impact of recent U.S. travel policies on Cuban entrepreneurs and cites the results of CREST’s 2018 survey of U.S. tour operators involved in travel to Cuba.
  • July 21, 2018: "'Experiencias Rarámuri,' una inmersión a la cultura de la Sierra Tarahumara." In this Spanish language article, Travindy highlights the work of Experiencias Rarámuri, CREST's community-based tourism project that brings visitors into the heart of the Sierra Tarahumara in Chihuahua, Mexico and immerses them in the Rarámuri culture. This year, Experiencias Rarámuri received a Mexican Tourism Product Diversification award from Mexico's Ministry of Tourism.
  • June 19, 2018: "Cruise Tourism in the Caribbean." This article, written by CREST executive director Martha Honey, outlines the "lessons learned" from 50 years of cruise tourism in the Caribbean. These insights can inform the growing cruise industry in Cuba. Honey co-authored a book on this topic entitled Por el Mar de las Antillas: 50 Anos de Turismo de Cruceros en el Caribe, released in Spanish in 2018).
  • June 14, 2018: "Tourism in the Caribbean." In this episode of The Adaptation Conversation podcast (run by Acclimatise, a UK-based advisory and analytics company providing expertise in climate change adaptation and risk management), CREST managing director Samantha Bray discusses the relationship between climate change, environmental degradation, and tourism. (Read about the four volumes on marine/coastal tourism and climate change, co-edited by Bray and executive director Martha Honey.)
  • May 25, 2018: "The Reason Safaris Cost So Much Might Surprise You." This Travel + Leisure article about how safari tour operators are contributing to conservation projects cites CREST's Responsible Travel Tips as a resource for travelers before, during, and after a trip.
  • May 25, 2018: "Oregon Marine Reserves Summit held in Cannon Beach." CREST managing director Samantha Bray attended and spoke at the Oregon Marine Reserves Summit, which focused on creating partnerships between the tourism industry and marine reserves to promote conservation. She spoke about the most recent travel trends, which involve travelers who are more eco-conscious and willing to pay for sustainable experiences.
  • May 10, 2018: "The Caribbean Relies on Your Vacation - But Suffers from Its Carbon Footprint." In an interview with Grist, CREST’s executive director Martha Honey remarks on the role travelers can play in protecting the Caribbean from the effects of climate change. “The Caribbean as a whole has been a minor contributor to climate change overall, but a tremendous victim of it,” she explains. CREST provides options for travelers to offset their carbon footprint in our Responsible Travel Tips.
  • April 28, 2018: "Eco-Friendly Tourism is Becoming a Movement, and More Vacationers are Buying into the Concept." Destinations and travelers who visit them are becoming more attuned to the environmental impacts of tourism. Martha Honey adds that through responsible tourism, soft education offers the opportunity for travelers to take lessons learned home.
  • April 20, 2018: "Green Your Vacation." In this National Geographic article, CREST's Samantha Bray discusses ways to put an environmentally-friendly spin on your family trip, positively impacting the earth and your child's attitude towards the planet.
  • March 18, 2018: Travel Philanthropy.” This comprehensive piece describes the titular subject matter as “a new niche, with travelers integrating philanthropic experiences and even volunteer work into their itinerary.” CREST’s managing director, Samantha Bray (née Hogenson), seconds that, adding, “All over the world, travelers and travel companies are giving financial resources, time, and talent to further the wellbeing of local communities. This emerging movement is helping to support and empower local and indigenous communities by providing jobs, skills, and lasting improvements in health care, education, and environmental stewardship.”
  • March 2, 2018:U.S. Decision to Permanently Reduce Cuba Embassy Staff Draws Swift Reaction.” Among those reacting to the State Department’s announcement was Martha Honey, executive director of CREST, who suggested that this “new normal” might open the door for lowering Cuba’s Level 3 advisory (the equivalent of the old Travel Warning) to a more reasonable, and less intimidating, Level 2. (For more on this issue, see “Travel to Cuba,” above).
  • March 2, 2018:Fatal Lion Mauling Highlights Controversy of Private Reserves.” A woman’s death in South Africa heightened ongoing concerns about safety measures, or the lack thereof, in private game reserves. CREST’s executive director, Martha Honey, pulled no punches in attributing blame to those responsible for creating an environment in which wild animals have access to human visitors without proper safety precautions put in place. She told the reporter: “We need more carefully developed, agreed upon protocols for private reserves that parallel what has been developed for national parks.”
  • January 7, 2018:Time to Reconsider Value of Cruise Tourism.” One business sector seemingly unaffected by recent U.S. travel restrictions to Cuba is the cruise industry, which continues to ramp up the number of ships being sent to Havana. But back in November, Martha Honey, CREST’s executive director, presented a “lessons learned” study at the United Nations World Tourism Organization conference in Jamaica, pointing out that “because land-based stopover tourism is far more valuable than cruise tourism, governments would be wise to invest in strengthening sustainable long-stay tourism,” this article states. Ways in which to do so are shared in this piece.
  • January 4, 2018:After a Plane Crash, Questions About Travel in Costa Rica.” The death of an American family in a charter flight crash in Costa Rica over the holidays raised alarms about the dangers of various modes of tourism transportation abroad. CREST’s executive director, Martha Honey, helped put the crash in perspective in this New York Times article by suggesting alternative means of travel and emphasizing the need to vet reliable tour operators.


  • November 29, 2017: “15 Ways You Can Help Curb Overtourism.” One of the travel industry’s biggest challenges—if not the biggest—is “overtourism,” or the tsunami-like visitation of tourists to destinations like Venice and Barcelona, with damaging consequences. This Orbitz blog post recommends 15 simple ways to avoid contributing to the problem, all of them supplied by experts in the field, including CREST’s managing director, Samantha Hogenson. “Applying the principles of sustainable travel to your vacation,” Hogenson told Orbitz, “is not only good for the destination, ensuring it is healthy and available for generations of travelers to come, but it makes for a better vacation.”
  • November 12, 2017: US Students Continue Sailing Trip to Cuba Despite Faltering Bilateral Relations.” Even as tensions between U.S. and Cuban officials continued to escalate this fall, the Harvey Gamage, a 130-foot schooner carrying “gap year” (between high school and college) students to Cuba as part of an educational and ecological program conducted by Ocean Passages, made its way to the island nation. This Cuba Trade Magazine article sums up the program’s mission and covers the damage U.S. actions are doing to U.S. travel to Cuba. Among those quoted are members of the Cuba Travel Advocacy Coalition, whose activities CREST is spearheading. For an overview of CREST’s work regarding Cuba, visit our “Staying the Course” web page, which includes links to other articles covering the Harvey Gamage’s voyage.
  • October 26, 2017: First Nations Fight to Protect the Rare Spirit Bear from Hunters.” This excellent National Geographic feature tells the story of CREST friend and partner Doug Neasloss. He’s an elected chief councilor of the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Nation in British Columbia (B.C.), where he also co-founded the Spirit Bear Lodge, a popular ecolodge that supports the surrounding community. CREST plays a minor, albeit vital, role in this story, as we conducted a 2014 study showing that bear watching is 12 times more profitable than bear hunting in B.C. Doug and his fellow activists used this study to successfully petition the new B.C. government to ban grizzly-bear trophy hunting.
  • August 29, 2017: "Ecotourism Investment Begins to Flourish." This article from the Conservation Finance Network discussses how ecotourism is beginning to catch the eye of private investers and other funders who are interested in financing sustainable development, rehabilitation, wildlife reintroduction, and/or conservation research. CREST's Martha Honey discusses how this has been one of the missing legs to support ecotourism
  • July 28, 2017: An overview of CREST's July cruise forum in Havana - "Opportunities & threats from the sea" - is given on page 14 of the Cuban newspaper Granma.
  • June 10, 2017: "The modern cure for the summertime blues." Are Americans taking the vacation they deserve? And what does that mean for the economy? writes about recent American vacation habits and trends including how much vacation is taken and mindful travel. CREST's Martha Honey weighs in on difficulties and opportunities with sustainable travel planning.
  • May 29, 2017: "Greening your summer vacation." This New York Times article by Elaine Glusac provides resources on transportation, green operations, and social impacts for consideration when vacation planning. CREST's Martha Honey is quoted in regards to doing your sustainable travel homework.
  • May 18, 2017: "What is 'green travel,' anyway? A beginner's guide to eco-friendly vacation planning." In this Washington Post article, Andrea Sachs offers suggestions from green travel experts, including Martha Honey, on how to make vacations more sustainable.
  • February 1, 2017: "Visit the World's Most Fragile Wonders Before It's Too Late." This article recommends six last-chance tourism destinations to visit in 2017, destinations that may disappear due to the impacts of climate change and other man-made phenomena, such as dams.  The article highlights CREST's Samantha Hogenson's thoughts from a 2016 Sierra Club article, "The Paradox of 'Last Chance Tourism'." 
  • January 6, 2017: "Where Sustainable Travel is Headed in 2017": The mainstreaming of sustainability? In this brief overview of sustainable travel, where it stands and what's to come, four travel industry sectors are highlighted: airlines, cruise ships, tour operators, and hotels. The article quotes CREST's Martha Honey on changes among airlines and tour operators towards greater sustainability.


  • December 27, 2016: "How to Be an Ethical Traveler": Martha Honey offers insights on how to embrace responsible travel, including 1) conducting diligent research; 2) choosing the right travel companies & organizations; 3) being more culturally sensitive; 4) offsetting your carbon footprint; and 5) giving back to the local community.
  • December 14, 2016: "AirBnB Now Offers "Social Impact Experiences": How Much Good Will They Do?" Among AirBnB's new offerings of "Experiences" with locals is the "Social Impact Experience," where travelers can learn about the work of local nonprofits through several days of activities and the nonprofits benefit by being able to showcase their work and receive financial support from the fees paid for the experience.  The article examines the recent rise of charitable tourism and references CREST's "The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends and Statistics 2016" for its discussion of the various types of tourism that do good.  In looking at the potential for harm with these types of travel experiences, the article quotes CREST's Samantha Hogenson and references CREST's Traveler's Philanthropy guide.
  • December 5, 2016: "Marketplace Challenges Proved Too Much for Fathom to Overcome": Carnival's "social impact" cruise line , Fathom, will shut down next June. Fathom offered voluntourism and people-to-people experiences. Fathom's Adonia created buzz for being the first ship to take regularly scheduled cruises to Cuba in more than 50 years. Social impact cruises were also offered to the Dominican Republic. It turns out the audience just wasn't there. Martha Honey comments in the article as to why she thinks this is.
  • December 4, 2016: "The Greenpreneur" Podcast: Martha Honey was a guest on "The Greenpreneur Show" with Michael Thomas, which is a one-hour consumer based program every Sunday at 3pm CST. The audience ranges from young entrepreneurs to eco-conscious guru's that are eager to change the world and their lifestyle by their actions. She spoke about sustainable tourism and CREST's work.
  • November 24, 2016: "B.C. NDP Announces Policy to Ban Trpohy Hunting of Grizzlies": As part of its 2017 election platform, the New Democratic Party of British Columbia has pledged to ban all trophy hunting of grizzly bears in the province. CREST’s economic impact report is cited once again.
  • November 23, 2016: "Why Does B.C. Still Kill Grizzlies for Sport?": The debate over bear viewing vs. bear hunting the Great Bear Rainforest rages on. An October provincial government news release claims B.C. has “a high level of rigour and adequate safeguards in place to ensure the long-term stability of grizzly populations.” This is disputed by biologists, and those against the hunting argue that it’s not even all about science – it’s about values and ethics. CREST’s economic impact report is cited.
  • November 10, 2016: "8 Ethical Travel Destinations to Visit in 2017": Alongside other sustainable tourism experts, CREST’s Martha Honey adds her voice to highlight Canada, Aruba, Grenada, and Costa Rica.
  • November 3, 2016: "The Changing Colour of Travel from Grey to Green": This article discusses the greening of the tourism industry and how to be a more mindful traveler. CREST’s “Trends & Statistics” study is referenced twice, noting that the “social and environmental imperative for responsible travel is being spurred, in part, by the twin crises of wealth inequality and climate change” and that large hotel and tour operators around the world are responding to ecotourism interest by appointments of senior management positions for sustainability practices.
  • September 22, 2016: "The Paradox of "Last Chance Tourism": "Last Chance Tourism" is "a niche tourism market focused on witnessing and experiencing a place before it disappears." CREST's Samantha Hogenson weighs in on the pros and cons of this form of tourism in this Sierra Club article by Katie O'Reilly. 
  • May 26, 2016: EXPOSED Ep. 5: Killing Grizzlies - The Truth Behind the B.C. Trophy Hunt: Premier professional wildlife and nature photographer John E. Marriott takes an in-depth second look to expose the truths behind the trophy grizzly bear hunt in British Columbia, Canada on his web series "EXPOSED with John E. Marriott." Why is there still a hunt? Is it the sport, the public demand, the politics, the science, or the economics? John delves into the issue with some hard-hitting facts (including a number from CREST's 2013 study in the Great Bear Rainforest) that will make you want to get involved in the fight against the grizzly bear hunt by visiting
  • May 19, 2016: TripAdvisor Criticized for Promoting Animal Cruelty: This National Geographic news article by Rachael Bale looks at TripAdvisor's role in ensuring animal welfare. CREST managing director Samantha Hogenson discusses consumer demand for responsible animal treatment in tourism and TripAdvisor's opportunity to help shift the needle.
  • April 14, 2016: Study: Responsible Travel Outpacing Overall Tourism Growth: CREST's 2016 release of The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics is showcased in this Travel Market Report article by Marilee Crocker, which shares excerpts from the report.
  • March 22, 2016: This Cuban Eco-Tour Features Surf and Turf: This Cuba Journal article looks at the itinerary of CREST's Charter Club trip to Cuba, focusing on the fascinating country's extraordinatry marine, cultural, and natural tourism offerings.
  • March 1, 2016: CREST: Center for Responsible Travel: SEVENSEAS, a project of The Ocean Foundation, features CREST's work in marine and coastal tourism in the March edition of their popular online magazine (pages 102 - 105).
  • January 20, 2016: How a Surf and Yoga Camp Measures Up to "Ecotourism" Definition: Bodhi Surf School intern Sam Rose examines the surf school through the lens of Martha's Honey's seven Characteristics of Ecotourism in this eight part series.


  • November 8, 2015: Is B.C.’s trophy hunt for grizzly bears bad business?: CREST’s 2012 study on the economic impact of bear hunting vs. bear viewing in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, Canada, is again brought to the forefront as the debate rages on between guides with international tourists who come to see the bears and big-game hunters who are there to bring them home as trophies.
  • October 14, 2015: The Costa Rica News article by Jordan Dobrowski - Pavement is finally coming to Dominical, Costa Rica — but is it a change for the better?: This article takes a brief look at the potential impacts of paving the main road in Dominical, Costa Rica, and the possible implications for tourism. CREST’s 2010 Study “Impact of Tourism Related Development on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica” is quoted when considering the two very different forms of tourism that might take the stage.
  • September 29, 2015: Los Angeles Times article by Mary Forgione - Millennials Give More than Most, a Survey of Charity Travel Finds: A recent survey by Tourism Cares shows high giving tendencies among US travelers. CREST's Dos and Don'ts of Travel Giving is referenced for how to take part in mindful travel giving.
  • September 23, 2015: Travel Weekly article by Gay Nagle Myers - Cuba Tours Reflect Increased Demand: The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) has partnered with Cuba Educational Travel for its first Cuba program, an eight-day people-to-people tour highlighting Cuba’s marine, cultural, and natural tourism offerings.
  • August 26, 2015: Inter-American Foundation article by Justin Welch - Tourism, Development, and Community Philanthropy in Costa Rica: The Monteverde Community Fund was established by a group of local residents based on the idea of “Travelers’ Philanthropy” by the Center of Responsible Travel (CREST).
  • August 16, 2015: Odyssey article by Maxime Devillaz - The Lion King Still Lingers, For Now: While animal lovers around the world were celebrating “World Elephant Day” on Aug 12, the issue of sport hunting on the African savannah was raised again. CREST’s Martha Honey shares thoughts on sport hunting in her book “Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise?”
  • August 13, 2015: Inter-American Foundation article by Martha Honey and Jannelle Wilkins - Top 10 Points to Consider When Creating a Destination-Wide Travelers' Philanthropy Program: Reflecting on the challenges and successes of Monteverde, Costa Rica's Travelers' Philanthropy program, developed in 2010, and Grenada's program, developed in 2015, Honey and Wilkins share points for advice for others looking to establish destination-wide programs.
  • August 04, 2015: Travel Weekly article by Gay Nagle Myers - Young Voices are Heard in Sustainability Conversation: JetBlue partnered with the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) to offer two students scholarships for attendance to the 2015 Innovators Think Tank Conference. In addition, the outcome of the conference will be showcased in a video documentary title “Caribbean ‘Green” Travel” that scheduled for release late this year.
  • July 25, 2015: Caribbean Life article by Nelson A. King - New Grant Program for Sustainable Tourism: JetBlue Airways and the Center for Responsible Travel partnered to offer two student scholarships for attendance to the 2015 Innovators Think Tank: Climate Change and Coastal Tourism, hosted by CREST and the Puntacana Ecological Foundation.
  • July 17, 2015: New York Times article by CREST honorary advisory board member, Elizabeth Becker - The Revolt Against Tourism: Becker discusses growing tensions between locals and tourists and outlines the need for regulation to stop beloved places from being “loved to death.”
  • June 5, 2015: Bloomberg Business article by Justin Bachman - Take a Cruise, Save the World: Will Millennials Buy Social-Justice Tourism?: With Carnival Cruise Lines offering new “social impact” cruises to provide voluntourism experiences in partnering destinations, Martha Honey offers insight into appropriate forms of travelers’ philanthropy.
  • April 17, 2015: Travel Market Report article by Marilee Crocker - Responsible Travel: Why Agents Should Care: CREST’s Martha Honey shares the importance of travel agents being involved in responsible travel and discusses “The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2015.”
  • April 3, 2015: New York Times article by Julie Satow - Leonardo DiCaprio Builds an Eco-Resort: DiCaprio has partnered with Delos, a New York based developer, to create an eco-conscious resort on Blackadore Caye, Belize. CREST shares statistics on the large and growing ecotourism market.
  • March 18, 2015: CREST Intern Gains from Work with Social Media Campaign: CREST intern Allison Christensen shares insight as to what it’s like to intern with CREST through the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota news blog.
  • January 30, 2015: Wall Street Journal article by Elaine Glusac - Farm-to-Table Comes to the Caribbean: CREST’s Martha Honey weighs in on how high-end resorts are making headway to meet the demand for healthy, local food, and for keeping money in local hands.
  • October 24, 2014: Maclean’s magazine article by Nancy Macdonald - Grizzly Toll: B.C’s Controversial Trophy Bear Hunt: A year after CREST's study "Economic Impact of Bear Viewing and Bear Hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia" was published, the debate goes on between the two sides. Nancy Macdonald writes, "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: Green Global Travel article by Bret Love - Going Green: The Top 10 Countries that Get It Right: Martha Honey offers insight alongside other ecotourism experts on what destinations are getting it right in terms of sustainability.
  • September 16, 2014: Wall Street Journal article by Robyn A. Friedman - In the U.S., It's Back to Nature for Some Resorts: Interested in the business behind ecotourism? CREST Program Director David Krantz, provides background on U.S. Eco-Resorts in this article.
  • September 15, 2014: Interview: Sr. Martha Honey on Ecotourism, Dolphin Tours & Travel Bloggers: Eco-blogger Bret Love of Green Global Travel sat down with Martha Honey to talk about CREST's mission, responsible tourism, and the role of the travel media in responsible tourism.
  • July 18, 2014: National Geographic News Watch article by Mark Spalding - Working Towards Sustainable Coastal Tourism: Mark Spalding, CEO of The Ocean Foundation, shares his experience as a participant in the 3rd Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism, including seven crucial take-aways that each individual should keep in mind when on the journey to sustainability.
  • July 17, 2014: TravelMole article by Valere Tjolle - Coastal Tourism Major Innovation Event for Grenada: The unique event, organized by the Center for Responsible Travel, Stanford University and Caribbean Tourism Organization, together with Pure Grenada will bring together up to 150 invited global 'green' experts, including real estate developers, operators, investors, and other business executives committed to new sustainable models of marine, coastal, and island tourism and vacation home development.
  • July 17, 2015: Grenada Welcomes Executive Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism: The Executive Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism was convened by the Center for Responsible Travel and the Caribbean Tourism Organization together with Grenada Tourism Authority, Compete Caribbean and Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association held last week at the beautiful St. George’s Univeristy in Grenada. The intention of the event was to bring together over 100 green tourism innovators from around the world to see if the Caribbean tourism opportunities and challenges could be addressed and enhanced - and that the activity could be healthy and sustainable.
  • July 15, 2014: TravelMole article by Valere Tjolle - Caribbean Tourism: Literally dozens of top speakers presented to enthusiastic audiences, but more than often, certainly at the beginning, the message shared was dire.
  • July 14, 2014: Jamaica Observer article - Warning for Caribbean Countries as Sea Level Continues to Rise: Director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Track of the Public Health Department of St George's University is predicting a bleak future for the Caribbean amid concerns that the rate of sea level rises beyond the anticipated three millimeters mark during the 1st Caribbean Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism.
  • July 11, 2014: Global Post article - Symposium on Caribbean's Coastal Tourism Opens in Grenada: A symposium to explore sustainable models for the development of coastal tourism in the Caribbean kicked off in Grenada on Thursday.
  • July 11, 2014: Caribbean News Digital article - Symposium on Caribbean's Coastal Tourism Ends in Grenada: A symposium to explore sustainable models for the development of coastal tourism in the Caribbean came to a close in Grenada.
  • July 10, 2014: Caribbean360 article - Grenada 2014 Tourism Numbers up Despite Depressed Economy: At the 1st Caribbean Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism, Grenada’s Tourism Minister Alexandria Otway Noel says despite an inherited depressed economy, her administration has recorded significant growth in the tourism industry in 2014 so far.
  • July 2, 2014: Groundation Grenada article - 3rd Executive Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism: The Grenada Tourism Authority together with the Centre for Responsible Travel (CREST), the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association are facilitating the 3rd Executive Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism from 9th to 11th July, 2014 at the St. George’s University.
  • July 02, 2014: The Phoenix Newspaper article - 3rd Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism Grenada Opening Ceremony Remarks by Gail Henry: The Caribbean Tourism Organization would like to thank the Government of Grenada for hosting this important and timely Symposium. The Ministry of Tourism, the Grenada Tourism Authority, the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association and other stakeholders have collaborated with the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the Center for Responsible Travel over the past few months to bring this event to fruition.
  • June 27, 2014: Philanthropy is about Giving “a Hand up, Rather Than a Handout: David Krantz from the Centre for Responsible Travel (CREST) speaks with Blue & Green Tomorrow about its Travelers’ Philanthropy programme – where tourism businesses and travelers are going to extraordinary lengths.
  • June 19, 2014: Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association article - New Sustainability Awards Programme to Be Launched at Innovators Symposium in Grenada Next Month: A new sustainability awards programme aimed at the region’s tourism private sector will be launched at the Caribbean’s first Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism, in St. George’s, Grenada, next month.
  • May 9, 2014: NBC News article by Tanya Mohn -Travelers Inspired to Do Good While Seeing the World: This article discusses impactful 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.'
  • April 29, 2014: Tico Times article by Robert Isenberg - Controversial Tourism Documentary Receives Second Release: This article 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.
  • April 9, 2014: New York Times article by Ondine Cohane - Eat, Stay, Buy Locally: Treading Lightly on the Road: CREST and Program Director, David Krantz, were referenced in this article, which tackles the question “Is your visit to a destination ultimately helping or hurting the place and its people? Is it possible to travel ethically in such places?"
  • April 5, 2014: article - CREST Has Released the Latest Research and Statistics on Responsible Travel: The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) has released the latest research and statistics on responsible or sustainable travel.  This document contains the objective, quantitative information on the consumer demand for responsible travel, the business case for responsible tourism, and the destination/community case for responsible travel.  
  • April 2, 2014: Environmental Leader article by Leon Walker - Responsible Travel Tied to Bottom Line Benefits: There is increasing recognition among both travel professionals and consumers of the importance of responsible travel and “strong evidence” that responsible travel is good for the economic bottom line, according to analysis by the Center for Responsible Travel.
  • January 19, 2014: article by Patricia Randolph - Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Watching Bears is Much More Profitable Than Killing Them : The Centre for Responsible Tourism is calling on the British Columbia government to revise its hunting policies considering findings that viewing bears is exponentially more profitable than killing them: “A comparison of the number of jobs generated by each industry also points to the need for a policy change. Researchers found companies involved in bear viewing employed 510 people in 2012, while 11 people worked for guide outfitters in the same year.”
  • January 10, 2014: Coastal Mountain News article by Caitlin Thompson - New Study Claims Bear Watching More Profitable than Hunting: A new study released last week claims that bear watching is much more profitable than bear hunting. The study was conducted by the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), a non-profit research institute with offices in Washington, DC and at Stanford University.
  • January 9, 2014: Global News article and video by Peter Meiszner - New Study Says Grizzly Bear Tourism Worth more to B.C. than Grizzly Bear Hunting: The study was conducted by the Center for Responsible Travel and funded by Tides Canada and Nature Conservancy USA, found that “bear viewing” in the rainforest generated 12 times more visitor revenue than bear hunting in 2012.
  • January 8, 2014: CBC News article - Bear Watching more Profitable than Bear Hunting, Says Study: The study conducted by the Centre for Responsible Tourism, a research institute at Stanford University in Washington, D.C., and funded by the conservation organization Tides Canada, concluded that bear-related ecotourism is exponentially more profitable than trophy hunting.
  • January 8, 2014: article - Bear Viewing Generates Far More Revenue and Jobs than Hunting in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest: The study by the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), Economic Impact of Bear Viewing and Bear Hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, determined that in 2012, bear viewing in the Great Bear Rainforest, which has been growing rapidly over the last decade, generated 12 times more in visitor spending than bear hunting and over 11 times in direct revenue for BC’s provincial government.


  • September 10, 2013: Travel Weekly article by Michelle Baran - Rethinking Voluntourism: This article considers CREST's "Travelers' Philanthropy Handbook and discusses the pitfalls of voluntourism, looking to identify ways in which the travel industry and travelers alike can make a positive impact on the environment and communities they touch.
  • April 1, 2013: Ethical Traveler article by Laura Carroll - New Report on Trends and Statistics Finds Interest in Responsible Travel on the Rise: The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) conducted a meta-analysis of tourism surveys and market studies and found abundant evidence at the consumer, business, and destination levels indicates that responsible tourism is economically viable as well as ethically sound.
  • February 19, 2013: New York Times article by Kim Severson - This Charleston Harbor Battle is Over Cruise Ships: The Center for Responsible Travel was discussed in this article as a main player in and sponsor for a recent International Conference around Cruise Tourism: "Harboring Tourism.
  • February 13, 2013: CREST Finds that Demand for Responsible travel is Strong & Growing: Demand for responsible travel is strong, growing, and profitable concludes new analysis by Center for Responsible Travel.
  • February 11, 2013: Green Hotelier article by Holly Tuppen - Business Case for Responsible Tourism Getting Stronger: The 8-page summary of evidence that there is increasing recognition among both travel professionals and consumers of the business case for and importance of responsible travel, according to analysis by the Center for Responsible Travel.
  • February 4, 2013: Travel Market Report article by Maria Lenhart - Selling Responsible Tourism: A Worthwhile Challenge, Agents Say: According to a study from the Center for Responsible Travel, the travel industry is finding that sustainability is “good for the economic bottom line.”
  • November 8, 2012: Daily Northwestern article by Meghan Morris - Ecotourism Expert Discusses Sustainable Travel: 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 article "Ecotourism Expert Discusses Sustainable Travel."
  • June 1, 2012: Evento Plus article - Con 40 Proveedores Se Realiza la Green Expo en Mexico: David Krantz is the opening speaker at the Green Expo 2012 in Riviera Maya, Mexico, discussed here: "Con 40 proveedores se realiza la Green Expo en México" (in Spanish).



  • October 19, 2009: Tourism in the Developing World: Martha Honey and Raymond Gilpin's Special Report from the United States Institute for Peace is released and 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.
  • October 18, 2009: Denver Post article by Claire Martin and Kyle Wagner - Voluntour Info: This article provides tips for how to travel responsibly as a voluntourist, highlighting CREST's work in Travelers' Philanthropy and Voluntourism.
  • October 21, 2008: Travel Lightly: 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?
  • June 23, 2008: Is Travel Ever Green?: Ecotourism experts, including CREST’s Martha Honey, are part of an interview on Minnesota Public Radio. What does truly earth-friendly travel mean, and what forms might it take?

Press Releases


  • August 1, 2019: CREST is pleased to annouce the appointment of Dr. Gregory A. Miller as our new Executive Director. He assumes leadership from CREST Co-Founder Martha Honey, who is retiring as Executive Director after 16 years.
  • July 3, 2019: CREST's latest book, Cruise Tourism in the Caribbean: Selling Sunshine, is now available! This study, edited by CREST Co-Founder and Executive Director Martha Honey and published by Routledge Press, explores lessons learned from half a century of large-scale Caribbean cruise tourism.


  • November 8, 2018: CREST has partnered with social media community to launch a Positive Impact Trip storytelling contest. Contest participants will have the chance to win a trip to Bodhi Surf + Yoga in Uvita, Costa Rica by sharing how they are making a difference through travel.


  • October 26, 2017: Despite U.S. Travel Warning, Students 'Stay the Course' on Cuba Voyage: Four weeks after the State Department issued a travel warning recommending that U.S. citizens refrain from traveling to Cuba, the students and crew of a 130-foot U.S. schooner launched an educational voyage to Cuba yesterday. The Harvey Gamage, operated by Ocean Passages, pushed off from the Capital Yacht Club in Washington, D.C., where it had been moored for a week as the students, ages 18 to 24, met on Capitol Hill with a dozen members of Congress.
  • April 20, 2017: CREST releases two volumes entitled Coastal Tourism, Sustainability, and Climate Change in the Caribbean. Volume I is focused on Hotels and Beaches and Volume II on Supporting Activities: Golf, Sustainable Food Sourcing, and Airlines & Airports. The volumes contain essays and case studies by 33 different experts that look at how various tourism sectors both contribute to and are impacted by climate change, as well as innovative solutions from tourism businesses.
  • April 10, 2017: CREST joins with tourism academics & researchers to write a letter to U.S. Congressional Travel & Tourism Caucus members to warn that the U.S. is being hurt by the current administration's "America First" rhetoric and policies.


  • September 27, 2016: CREST announces new Academic Affiliate program, made up of leading professors with an interest in responsible travel, both in the U.S. and around the world. 18 professors are in the inaugural class.
  • April 17, 2016: CREST's annual meta-analysis of travel trends, The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics, is released, which finds responsible travel is bolstered by dynamic new niche markets, and continues to outpace overall growth in the tourism industry.
  • April 14, 2016: CREST's newest film, Caribbean Green Travel: Your Choices Makes a Difference, is released. The film depicts a wide range of socially and environmentally sensitive tourism businesses in the Caribbean. Produced in English and Spanish, the film showcases responsible tourism businesses on four island states: Aruba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, and Jamaica. The premiere showing will be at the World Bank on April 28, 2016, followed by an expert panel.


  • December 2, 2015: Due to the high demand for CREST's January 2016 Charter Club Trip to Cuba, a second trip has been scheduled for May 2016. Join us in Cuba!
  • August 10, 2015: CREST is pleased to announce a Charter Club Trip to Cuba, January 24 – 31, 2016. CREST has partnered with tour operator Cuba Educational Travel to host this trip, which will focus on 'eco-surf and turf' – Sign up today!
  • July 2, 2015: The JetBlue Foundation has generously offered two scholarships for Caribbean university students to attend the Innovators Think Tank: Climate Change and Coastal & Marine Tourism, hosted by CREST and the Puntacana Ecological Foundation, July 22 – 24, 2015.
  • April 29, 2015: CREST is adding its voice to appeals for international assistance in the Nepal earthquake catastrophe. In addition to supporting organizations involved in immediate relief efforts, we recommend that donations be made to READ Global, a philanthropic program created by tour operator Myths & Mountains.
  • April 9, 2015: The 3rd annual meta-analysis by the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) finds “sustained interest among consumers in tourism products and services that protect the environment and respect local cultures” and that “sustainability is becoming much more mainstream within the tourism industry.” CREST’s newly released 2015 report, The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends and Statistics, updates earlier editions based on surveys and studies of consumer and industry demand for responsible travel done in the past five years.


  • August 18, 2014: Dr. Martha Honey, CREST Co-Director, will give the keynote address on responsible travel and the “role of the media in promotion of responsible travel” at TBEX North America, which will be held September 11 – 13, 2014, in Cancun, Mexico. In advance of her speech she has been asked to comment on an ongoing debate about captive dolphin tours in Cancun.
  • July 23, 2014: Caribbean's First Innovators Symposium Demonstrates Strong Commitment toSustainable Coastal and Marine Tourism. Over 200 delegates participated in the three-day event, making it the largest ever Innovators Symposium organized by the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST). Click here for the Symposium overview press release.
  • June 19, 2014: Upcoming Innovators Symposium Showcases Eco-Practices of Large Tourism Companies and Boutique Resorts; Announces New Initiatives to Strengthen Sustainable Tourism in the Caribbean. Click here for the press release.
  • May 8, 2014: Sustainable Tourism Pioneer Jake Kheel to Keynote Caribbean Coastal Tourism Innovators Symposium. The third Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism will be held at St. George’s University in Grenada, 9-11 July, 2014. Click here for the press release.
  • April 17, 2014: Documentary Film Now Available: The Goose with the Golden Eggs: Tourism on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. CREST's latest documentary is now available for download from our website! Click here for the Press Release.
  • March 27, 2014: 'Green' Travel is Here to Stay, Concludes New Analysis by CREST.
  • March 26, 2014: Save the Date! Announcing the 3rd Symposium & Expo for Innovators in Coastal Tourism.
  • January 7, 2014: Bear Viewing Generates Far More Revenue and Jobs than Hunting in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, CREST's New Study Finds.


  • March 13, 2013: CREST is pleased to announce that Mike Robbins has been unanimously elected Chair of the CREST Board of Directions. Mike replaces Bob Breech, who has moved from Chair to Vice Chair of the CREST Board.
  • February 7th, 2013: Tourism leaders from around the world are hailing the topics to be addressed a t the 2nd Executive Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism as "Trailblazing" and "Cutting-edge."
  • January 31st, 2013: Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve: Belize's Newest Reserve Launched with Backing of Commercial Fisherman and Tourism, But Still Faces Challenges, New Study Concludes.
  • January 9th, 2013: Demand for Responsible Travel Strong, Growing, and Profitable, Concludes New Analysis from Center for Responsible Travel.


  • November 16th, 2012: CREST is pleased to announce that Celine Cousteau, ocean explorer, documentary filmmaker, and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Cousteau, and Sonu Shivdasani, Founder of Six Senses, and Chairman and CEO of the Soneva Group will serve as two of the keynote speakers at the 2nd Executive Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism Development.
  • October 2nd, 2012: Early Bird Rates for CREST's Coastal Tourism Innovators Symposium end October 15th, 2012.
  • September 13th, 2012: Mexican Officials Endorse Executive Symposium for Innovators in Coastal Tourism.


  • August 12th, 2011: International Travelers' Philanthropy Conference Hailed as Success.
  • May 26th, 2011: Conference Attracts New Sponsors and High Profile Speakers: Pellas Development Group to Sponsor Opening Dinner.
  • 18 de Mayo, 2011: Estudio Confirma que los Beneficios del Ecoturismo en la región de la Península Osa en Costa Rica son significativos.
  • May 2, 2011: Traveler's Philanthropy Conference Early Bird Registration Extended to June 1, 2011.
  • April 11, 2011: Traveler's Philanthropy Conference Announces details on Gala Concert, Pre‐and Post‐Conference Trips, Short Course, New Speakers.
  • March 3, 2011: Travelers' Philanthropy Conference Announces Opening Keynote Speaker, Short Course, New Partnerships & Sponsorships.
  • February 21, 2011: CREST released the first comprehensive publication on travelers’ philanthropy. This 250-page Handbook includes original essays, case studies, and surveys by some 30 experts, plus a Foreword by Nobel Peace Laureate, Dr. Wangari Maathai.
  • January 24, 2011: Proposal for building a Travelers Philanthropy Fund in the Osa Peninsula selected as an Ashoka Changemakers Please vote by Feb. 2, 2011!
  • January 11, 2011: Call for Speakers, Workshops, Schedule, Hotels Announced for Travelers’ Philanthropy Conference.


  • June 22, 2010: Save the Date! 3rd International Travelers' Philanthropy Conference. Monteverde, Costa Rica.
  • April 22, 2010: Comprehensive New Study Released: "The Impact of Tourism related Development along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast."
  • February 3, 2010: First Coastal Tourism Innovators Symposium Receives Praise from participants. This press release gives the results of the Innovators Symposium held at Stanford University, January 20-22, 2010.


  • March 26, 2009: CREST announces its newest publication, "Dos and Don'ts of Travel Giving", designed to help travelers and businesses avoid common pitfalls.
  • March 10, 2009: 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • April 18, 2007: You are invited to attend "Traveling with Climate in Mind", part of The International Ecotourism Society's Advocacy and Ecotourism Speakers Series, co-sponsored by CESD and Sierra Club.