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Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica

Our Commitment to Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica

 

Tourism in Costa Rica is very different than other countries; usually tourism involves the exploitation of the country’s resources, it is important to do it in a responsible and sustainable way.  The CRT Team is committed to design and develop exciting vacations to Costa Rica in which we actively involve the local community in Sustainable Tourism.

According to World Tourism Organizations (WTO), “Sustainable Tourism development meets the needs of tourist and host regions, while protecting and enhancing the opportunity for the future”.

CRT Team believes that both Costa Rica travelers and locals will benefit from the interaction of learning how to support Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica.  Residents learn that their customs may be of interest to foreigners, and visitors obtain more in depth knowledge about Costa Rica including the awareness of environmental, cultural, conservational and economic issues.

This new way of doing tourism in Costa Rica is adding tangible value to the common structure of tourism services.  The environmentally friendliness of tourism products is indeed building a competitive new market even in Costa Rica luxury vacations creating consciousness about the components in tourism services that do make a positive difference in the destination they visit.

Certification programs and other Costa Rica voluntary initiatives provide guidance for responsible business practices, and could be used by these proactive entrepreneurs as a tool to communicate their sustainable tourism commitment in the marketplace.  For this reason, CRT Team is one of the first Costa Rica Tour Operators achieving the official certification and is the only tour operator, which was evaluated at its four branch offices, its own car fleet, and its own mechanic garage.

  • ·         Our Commitment to Sustainable Tourism
  • ·         Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST)
  • ·         What does the certificate reflect?

  • ·         Who grants the CST?
  • ·         List of Certified Hotels
  • ·         Projects and Initiatives
  • ·         Safety Tips for a wonderful Costa Rica vacation

 

 

Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST)

The Costa Rica Certificate for Sustainable Tourism (CST) program consists of the categorizing and certification of tourist companies according to the degree to which their operations approach a model of sustainability in terms of a lesser impact on the natural, cultural and social resources of the country.  In order to achieve this objective, four fundamental components of performance are evaluated:

Physical-biological Parameters
Evaluates the interaction of the company with its immediate environment, takes into consideration emissions, damage and pollution generated, as well as measures of conservation and management of risk to the environment.

Infrastructure and Services
Evaluates companies internal systems and processes, from the handling of waste to the use of efficient technologies, to save water and electricity and to the type of products or consumer goods their purchase and use.

External Clients
Considers the companies actions to urge, train and make guest aware of the importance and need to contribute to the efforts made by the establishment to:  use water and electricity wisely; to respect ethical standards or codes of conducts when clients are visiting protected areas or communities.

Socio-economic environment

Evaluates the identification and interaction of the company and the areas it influences.  It also includes evaluation of the business efforts to develop new projects and to achieve benefits for its communities. 

 

 

The Costa Rica Certificate for Sustainable Tourism program has been a model and example for other Latin America countries, which have developed their own certification programs according to the Costa Rica CST’ s structure.
The Costa Rica Certificate for Sustainable Tourism program has been a model and example for other Latin America countries, which have developed their own certification programs according to the Costa Rica CSTs structure.

The Costa Rica Certificate for Sustainable Tourism program has been a model and example for other Latin America countries, which have developed their own certification programs according to the Costa Rica CSTs structure.