CREST Newsletter | April - June 2017

CREST Supports Sustainable Tourism Conference in Cuba
MARDELTUR 2017 | Pinar del Rio Province | June 13 - 15, 2017

In mid-June, CREST successfully completed one of its current projects in Cuba:  helping to organize the MARDELTUR 2017 sustainable tourism conference in Pinar del Rio province. In February, CREST was invited by two provincial university officials, Dr. Carlos Cesar Torres and Dr. Jorge Freddy Ramirez, to assist in organizing their 2nd International Congress on Marketing, Local Development and Tourism (MARDELTUR). They proposed that CREST identify a roster of international experts to speak at the MARDELTUR 2017 conference, to provided support for a number of Cuban speakers, and to cover the costs of certain other components.  The timeline for organizing this Workshop was very short, and CREST is enormously grateful to both the Ford and Christopher Reynolds Foundations for providing the necessary financial support.

In the end, CREST brought a total of 10 international speakers and participants from Costa Rica, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. and provided support for 8 Cuban speakers. CREST also arranged for Cuba Educational Travel to organize a one-day pre-conference educational tour of Viñales for those who were not from the province. The bus tour included meetings with local owners of casas particulares, a luncheon at an organic farm and restaurant, a guided hike through tobacco fields and drying sheds, and a talk by the town historian.  In addition, CREST arranged for its group to visit, at the end of the conference, the community of Las Terrazas and its La Moka Ecolodge, Cuba’s oldest and most successful experiment in ecotourism. Our expert resident guide provided a historic overview and a walking tour of the town to visit two artist's studios, a historical and a musical museum, and, for lunch, Cuba’s finest vegetarian restaurant.

The tourism workshop, held at Hotel Rancho San Vicente, a lovely relatively small rural resort outside the town of Viñales, included eight panels with presentations on topics ranging from agritourism, nature-based tourism, and travelers’ philanthropy to cruise tourism, urban and cultural tourism, marketing, and quality and sustainability standards. The speakers included academics from universities in Havana, Pinar del Rio, Holguín, and Santiago de Cuba, from national NGOs and institutions, as well as a handful of government officials, including the director of the Havana Bay redevelopment project.  The tourism workshop participants also traveled by bus to the city of Pinar del Rio to attend the opening and closing sessions of the International Congress which included six distinct streams, in addition to tourism. This logistically challenging event came off with remarkably only a few glitches and great deal of comradery and good will.

The timing of this Tourism Workshop was auspicious. Given the UN’s declaration of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, CREST arranged to have MARDELTUR 2017 listed as an officially recognized event of the International Year through the United Nations World Tourism Organization website.

In addition, Carlos Cesar, the President of the MARDELTUR 2017 organizing committee, eloquently outlined why sustainable tourism is a priority for Cuba. “Now that tourism is one of its main sources of revenue,” Dr. Cesar explained, “Cuba is pressed to develop the industry at a large scale, in association with investors and hotel administrators, cruise ships, golf courses and marinas. A number of foreign companies have already established presence, and representatives of many more have approached with proposals for new tourism projects. Parallel to the expansion of the mass tourism market,” Dr. Cesar continued, “Cuba has been developing another type of tourism: decentralized, small-scale, at the local level. In recent years, we have seen the rise of locally-driven private and public tourist enterprises, mainly lodging and food service, but also other attractions such as parks, museums, excursions, tours, and nautical, cultural and recreational activities, that generate employment and income for many Cuban workers and families and for local governments, while simultaneously diversifying the offer and enriching the experience for the tourist.”

Dr. Cesar concluded by explaining, “While these advances are promising, they also introduce elements that are cause for concern, mainly due to their social and environmental impacts and levels of quality. Cuba’s tourism offer urgently needs to be informed of and apply established global standards of sustainability and quality of service and develop its own, that will enable it to grow in moderation, both in quantity and quality of its visitors, obtain greater benefits from tourism and reduce costs and avoid negative impacts. Cuba has the potential to develop a tourism based on its rich natural and cultural resources, and to promote an authentic and distinctive form of tourism that attracts more demanding international visitors, offers a more interesting and educational stay, while at the same time generates greater benefits for the local population, protects the environment and respects indigenous culture; in other words, cultivate high-value and not just high-volume tourism.”

While these important themes were woven through the Workshop presentations and discussions, the conference also took place under the shadow of another reality. Throughout the week there was much speculation and concern about President Donald Trump’s plans to reverse some of the Obama administration’s key policy liberalizations towards Cuba. As the opening keynote speaker, Dr. Jose Luis Rodriguez, who is Cuba’s former Minister of the Economy, told the audience, “We are anticipating that Trump is planning to 'shoot a torpedo' directly at tourism in Cuba.” Indeed he did, just after the close of the conference, and the industry will now begin adjusting to the new norms in relation to U.S. travelers.

Chihuahua Indigenous Tourism Experiences Prepared for Launch

In Chihuahua, CREST continues working with local partners on a four-year indigenous tourism project supported by the Christensen Fund, which is designed to protect bio-cultural diversity in the Sierra Tarahumara around Creel and the Copper Canyon (Divisadero).  From May 23 to 30, Ximena Alvis from CREST and our Mexican partners spent 8 days in Chihuahua visiting the communities of Huetosachi and Bacajipare, where the tourism experiences will take place. During this trip, Ximena had several meetings in Chihuahua city and Creel with our local partner CONTEC, the Christensen Fund, and the marketing team of the Secretary of Tourism of Chihuahua.  These meetings served to inform all parties about the progress of the project and the next steps, especially the upcoming familiarization trip.

Ximena was accompanied by Laura Barragán (CREST) and Tatiana Amor (Christensen Fund). The meetings served to coordinate and finalize budgets and progress of the building of a community kitchen and handicraft space, and also the training of tour guides in Bacajipare and Huetosachi.  This trip also helped community members practice the planned kitchen experience, as the ladies of Huetosachi prepared food as if they were interacting with tourists. While meeting with the communities, the group also worked with them to create a list of guidelines for tourists, which was an interesting exercise for the communities that allowed them to establish rules for visitation.

In the meeting with the marketing team of the Secretary of Tourism of Chihuahua, Ximena coordinated their assistance in dispersing information, designing printed materials for the experiences offered and the list of tourist guidelines, and maintaining the website.

The next steps from CREST and partner Mano del Mono in the following months will be to finish the construction of the almost-completed kitchen (by mid-July). The local community is overseeing the construction, decoration, and organization of the equipment in the kitchen.  The familiarization trip will be held the third week of August, when both communities will showcase their offered experiences.

CREST's Latest Book on Marine Tourism, Climate Change, and Resilience Released

CREST is pleased to announce our latest book, Marine Tourism, Climate Change, and Resilience in the Caribbean, Volume I: Ocean Health, Fisheries, and Marine Protected Areas, was released in May. This is the first of two volumes focused on marine tourism in the Caribbean to be released. Edited by CREST Academic Affiliate Dr. Kreg Ettenger of the University of Maine, with assistance from CREST's Samantha Hogenson, the book features essays and case studies from eighteen different authors. Topics covered include Coral Reefs and Marine Ecosystems in the Face of Climate Change; Fisheries, Tourism, and Climate Change; and Marine Protected Areas as Climate Change Buffers and Tourism Magnets. The conclusion of the volume previews the second book of the series, which will focus on Marine Recreation, including Cruise Tourism, and is planned for release this summer.

Two companion volumes focusing on Coastal Tourism, Sustainability, and Climate Change in the Caribbean, published by Business Expert Press and CREST,  were released in April. Following the same model, the books were edited by CREST's Martha Honey with assistance from Samantha Hogenson. All four books are designed for tourism professionals and academics and look at how climate change is impacting coastal and marine tourism in the Caribbean, and how tourism businesses are providing solutions.

The three available volumes may be purchased in paperback ($34.95) or eBook ($19.95) form through our co-publisher, Business Expert Press:

CREST to Host High Profile Forum for UN's Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

On September 27 (World Tourism Day), CREST and UN Environment - North America Office are co-hosting a high-profile forum to showcase the UN’s declaration of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The day-long event will be held at the UN Foundation’s ‘green’ conference facilities in Washington, DC.  This is the premier public event in Washington focused on the UN’s International Year and is endorsed by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The event will feature panels on the five key pillars identified by the UNWTO for the International Year. These range from tourism as a tool for poverty reduction to environmental protection, and mutual understanding and peace. Each panel will include two inspiring short testimonials by tourism leaders and will be moderated by well-known journalists. Among the speakers confirmed are Chris Blackwell, owner of Island Outpost resorts in Jamaica; Ewald Biemans, owner of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba; Collin Laverty, owner of Cuba Educational Travel; Chief Douglass Neasloss, First Nations leader in the Great Bear Rainforest, Canada; and Elizabeth Becker, author of Overbooked. The day will include a luncheon prepared by local immigrant chefs and will end with a tasting of organic and biodynamic wines from Sonoma, CA.

An official Host Committee for the event will send out invitations, along with the full program, within the next few weeks. The event is being underwritten by corporate, NGO, and foundation sponsors. For more information contact Martha Honey, mhoney@responsibletravel.org or 202-347-9203, ext. 413.

CREST's Annual "Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics" Publication: Update and Call for Submissions

In April, CREST decided to hold the release of our annual meta-analysis "The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics" until the September 27 Forum for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development hosted by CREST and United Nations Environment – North America Office (see above). Because the 2017 version will focus on the five themes of the International Year, the International Year event provides a logical platform.
CREST is accepting "trends & statistic" factoids and quotes from tourism, social, cultural heritage, and environmental organizations, tourism experts, and practitioners regarding the prevalence, need for, and success stories of responsible travel until August 1st. If you would like to submit information for consideration or join CREST as a partnering organization, please contact Samantha Hogenson at shogenson@responsibletravel.org about opportunities. Partnering is completely free; the goal of the publication is to provide a snapshot of the industry and work together to distribute the information.

Please view the "Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics 2016" to get an idea of content and length of factoids for submission.

Sharing Experience, Providing Knowledge

  • Sustainable Tourism Workshop at Brookings Institution & RISDoC Conference: As part of our role in the RISDoC (Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development of Cuba) coalition, CREST was asked to organize and host a workshop on sustainable tourism in Cuba. The April 6 workshop in Washington, DC was part of a day-long forum focused on “Sustainable Development: The Path to Economic Growth in Cuba” that was  sponsored by the Brookings Institution's Latin America Initiative and RISDoC. This forum marked the official announcement of the RISDoC in the U.S. In February 2017, CREST participated in RISDoC’s inaugural conference in Havana that brought together universities and research centers, NGOs, and government agencies. The conference sought to open channels for futher communication about sustainability at the government and grassroots levels.

    The April 6 sustainable tourism workshop, chaired by Martha Honey and attended by some 20 tourism experts and practitioners from Cuba and the U.S., offered a rich, informative, and wide-ranging exchange about current U.S.-Cuban tourism policies, possible forthcoming reversals under the Trump administration, and the key successes and challenges for sustainable tourism in Cuba.  Those present also described a variety of sustainable tourism projects in Cuba that their organizations are helping to implement.  Finally, the group listed top priorities for strenghtening sustainable tourism in Cuba and areas where further research is needed.
  • National Audubon Society Project to Strengthen Bird-Based Tourism:
    On June 1, CREST Executive Director Martha Honey gave a power point presentation on the “Origins and Future of Ecotourism” to a group of some 30 bird and nature-based tourism professionals and community leaders from Paraguay, Guatemala, the Bahamas, and Belize. Honey noted that bird watching is often the earliest type of ecotourism to enter a new destination, and it can help pave the way for other types of nature and adventure tourism. The group from the Caribbean and Latin America was meeting with staff of the National Audubon Society to discuss the outcomes and next steps of their four-country, multi-year project to strengthen bird-based ecotourism as a tool for conservation and sustainable development. CREST participated in this project, which was financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, by conducting a market analysis of bird-based tourism in each country and producing a series of fact sheets and a background report. The project has trained birding guides in each country, developed marketing materials, and helped to strengthen infrastructure for bird-based ecotourism in the four target countries.
  • The Ocean Conference at the UN, June 2017:
    The Ocean Conference, held June 5-7, 2017 at United Nations Headquarters, New York, brought together thousands of government officials and non-governmental leaders to discuss implementation of   Sustainable Development Goal 14, which is focused on how to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources. CREST Executive Director Martha Honey was invited to speak at a side event on June 8 organized by Tourism Watch, a project of Bread for the World in Germany. The forum, entitled “Transforming Tourism – Sustainable Future for Coastal Fishing Communities in the Era of Tourism Development,” was held at the German Mission to the UN. Martha presented key findings from CREST’s latest research on cruise tourism and its impacts on island destinations. Other participants presented case studies on the effects of tourism in coastal communities and on natural resources.
  • CREST Appears for a Second Time on The GreenPreneur Show: 
    On Sunday, June 25, Martha Honey was the guest on “The GreenPreneur Show,” a weekly radio interview program out of Chicago. Martha discussed CREST’s newly released books on climate change and coastal tourism in the Caribbean, how travelers can reduce their carbon footprint, CREST’s work in Cuba, and the recent UN Ocean Week in New York. The show’s host, Michael Thomas, author of “Unapologetically G.R.E.E.N.” is a leading Chicago voice on issues of environmental justice, environmental campaigns, and good ‘green’ practices. This marked Martha’s second appearance on the nationally syndicated show on Chicago’s WVON 1690AM. Website: https://michaelthomasonline.com/

Join the CREST Charter Club in Eastern Cuba

As indicated by the above Cuba article, CREST continues to work very actively in areas related to sustainable tourism development in this fascinating and ever-evolving country. Though the announcement by the Trump Administration to restrict individual travel to Cuba is discouraging, group travel like CREST’s next trip to Eastern Cuba is permitted. So, too, are the conferences, field projects, and studies CREST has been doing or planning to do with a growing number of Cuban partners.  

CREST is proud to continue to offer our educational, people-to-people Charter Club Trips in partnership with one of the most respected and knowledgeable U.S. tour operators, Cuba Educational Travel. Join us this November 4 – 11 in exploring the lesser visited eastern side of the island: Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Guantanamo City, Holguín, and Guardalavaca. CREST's Charter Club Trips allow us to take visitors to places we care about very deeply, in order to connect with the people and experience the environment and cultural heritage in a respectful way. We will stay in casas particulares, or bed & breakfasts, and have the opportunity to interact and have dialogue with a wide range of professional experts and local citizens.

Due to the initial uncertainties surrounding President Trump's announcement, we have extended the registration and deposit due date to August 1. Please visit our website to view the itinerary and addition information, and contact Samantha Hogenson with any questions and to register.

Rich Shea Joins CREST as Director of Communications

CREST is pleased to announce that we have hired Rich Shea to be our Director of Communications. Rich, a seasoned, award-winning communications and marketing professional, will officially begin work at CREST July 17.  For the past 10 years, he’s focused on communications, by working for and helping nonprofits promote their missions and raise funds.

Rich was born and raised in central New Jersey, where, after graduating from Rutgers University, he kicked off a 20-year career in journalism, covering everything from local politics to arts-and-entertainment to K-12 education. The Washington, D.C. resident is also the father of two adult children, Aidan and Hannah, and has a passion for the arts, the outdoors, and travel. Over the past five years, he and his partner have traveled to 12 countries, including Turkey, Cambodia, and Vietnam, where the highlights of his visit were stays in two eco-lodges—in the Mekong and Sa Pa regions—which hire local residents and contribute to their communities. 

Thank You to Our Spring Auction Donors | Join Us This Fall!

The funds raised from CREST's quarterly travel auctions are vital to our work. The following responsibly-minded travel companies were featured in our April 18 – May 2 auction. We thank them for their belief in and support of CREST!

Bodhi Surf School*, Hacienda Santa Rosa, Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort, Island Outpost*, Kasbah du Toubkal*, Micato Safaris*, The Pavilions Himalayas, Playa Viva, Riad AnaYela, Star Island, and Xixim Unique Mayan Hotel.
*Indicates CREST Platinum Sponsorship

Our next auction will be September 12 – 26, via www.charitybuzz.com. If you represent an environmentally and socially responsible travel company and would like to promote your responsible brand while supporting CREST, please contact Samantha Hogenson at shogenson@responsibletravel.org to discuss your donated package.

Welcome to Our Newest Platinum Sponsor: Kasbah du Toubkal

CREST is thrilled to welcome Kasbah du Toubkal in Morocco, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, as our newest Platinum Sponsor. As a Platinum Sponsor, Kasbah du Toubkal has committed to donating a trip to a CREST fundraising auction each year through 2021. Learn more about our Platinum Sponsors program.

About the Kasbah: Kasbah du Toubkal is the number one property of choice for comfortable hotel accommodation in the village of Imlil and the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The Kasbah is just 60 kilometres from Marrakech and is in the Toubkal National Park, set dramatically below the towering flanks of Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. Imlil and its surrounding valleys are a world apart from the bustle of the city and a place of peace and seclusion. This unique, award-winning hotel offers fourteen comfortable en-suite rooms, three of which can be used as private self-contained houses. In addition, there are three family rooms. The delightful garden and large terraces offer unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains. Kasbah’s friendly and knowledgeable local Berber team will make every effort to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as it can be. Specially designed trekking packages including stays at Kasbah’s Trekking Lodge and the ascent of Mount Toubkal, which can include a riad or hotel stay in Marrakech as well as tailor-made tours around Morocco.

There is a shared belief that the beauty of the Toubkal National Park should be accessible to all who respect it. To this end, the Kasbah has been transformed using traditional methods, from the home of a feudal caïd (local baron), into an unprecedented haven with accommodation to suit all budgets.

The Kasbah du Toubkal is an extraordinary venture, the product of an imaginative Berber and European enterprise. It opened in 1995 and is run through a unique partnership with the local Berber community, with a five per cent levy included in guests’ accommodation bills being funneled back to the villagers. It is more of a Berber hospitality center than a traditional hotel, where the genuine friendliness, warmth, and hospitality are exceptional.

Read more about the history of the Kasbah and responsible practices here.

Academic Affiliates Program Expands

CREST is pleased to have recently welcomed the following highly-regarded individuals to our network of Academic Affiliates:

  • Jim Barborak, Co-Director, Center for Protected Area Management, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University
  • Bob Billington, Adjunct Professor, Administration Sciences, Boston University & Hospitality, Lasell College
  • David Cardenas, Associate Professor and Research Associate, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, University of South Carolina

CREST partners with these Affiliates in a variety of ways, such as through priority internships for students, research studies, conference participation, publications, and study tours.  Three Academic Affiliates, Jim Barborak (Colorado State University), Todd Comen (Johnson State College), and Michelle Rutty (Michigan State University), recently presented with CREST in the MARDELTUR 2017 sustainable development conference in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Their presentations were on tourism in protected areas, agritourism, and climate change & tourism, respectively.

If you are an academic and interested in joining our Affiliates program, please contact Samantha Hogenson at shogenson@responsibletravel.org.

Travelers' Philanthropy Spotlight: Volunteers Saw the Light!

No task was too big or too small for more than 50 volunteers at this year's CARE for the Cape & Islands Day held May 10, at Nobska Light in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. From washing windows, painting trim, clearing brush, and cleaning the "scary" basement, everyone stepped up to help with beautification and upkeep efforts of the historic Cape Cod lighthouse. The volunteers were greatly appreciated by the Friends of Nobska Light who, on behalf of the Town of Falmouth, assumed responsibility for the preservation and maintenance of the historic Nobska Light in 2014. It sits upon a bluff comprised of 2.5 acres overlooking Vineyard Sound.

A highlight of the event was a presentation of CARE’s 2017 Grants to Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance for their Pier Education Program, Maria Mitchell Association on Nantucket Island for Trash to Treasure Upcycling of Marine Plastics, Coonamessett Farm Foundation for the Freshwater Mussel Education Project, Center for Coastal Studies for the Story of Spinnaker the Whale Entanglement exhibit, and to Provincetown Recycling & Renewal Energy for the installation of Sidewalk Buttlers, a receptacle for cigarette butts that are recycled.

CARE for the Cape & Islands is a Travelers' Philanthropy initiative on Cape Cod, directed by Jill Talladay. As a travelers’ philanthropy initiative, CARE seeks to encourage, support, and create opportunities for visitors and residents to donate their “time, talent, and treasure” to help preserve and protect the very things they enjoy about the Cape: exquisite natural beauty, plant and wildlife habitats, Cape & Islands culture and history. This is CARE's 5-year anniversary, and their local grant program and volunteer opportunities have had a tremendous positive impact on the natural and cultural-heritage landscapes of Cape Cod. CREST is the fiscal sponsor of CARE and could not be more proud of what CARE has accomplished.

Industry Announcements:

  • Explorer's Passage Leads Climate Force: Antarctica 2018:
    Our friends at The Explorer’s Passage have announced that in February 2018 they will be partnering with the legendary polar explorer and conservationist Robert Swan and his 2041 Foundation on the Climate Force: Antarctica 2018 expedition. They will be taking over 100 people from across the globe to Antarctica, the last great wilderness on earth. What is most special about this voyage though is that they will be using adventure travel as a vehicle to help in the fight against climate change. Learn more here.
  • EcoTrophea Tourism Awards Applications Open:
    A healthy environment and sound living conditions in destination countries are the foundations of successful and responsible tourism. Therefore, it is a central concern of the German Travel Association (DRV), to anchor and strengthen this awareness in the German tourism industry as well as in travelers’ consciousness.

    Since 1987, the German Travel Association has annually awarded its international prize, EcoTrophea, for exemplary projects in sustainable tourism. Apply now for EcoTrophea 2017 and take advantage of the opportunity to effectively present your project and your commitment to the public! Applications close August 15, 2017.

Meet Our Summer Interns

The objective of CREST's internship program is to help inspire, involve, and educate young leaders to be active and effective members of the sustainable tourism development community. This summer we are proud to host a very diverse and bright group of students:

  • Soyoon Choi: Soyoon is from South Korea and a student from SungKyunKwan University in Seoul. Inspired by a one-year study away program in Mexico, Soyoon hopes to continue her graduate studies in Norway, specializing in the natural resources management of Central Asia, especially in Russia, and in governance of sustainable development by promoting ecotourism in the Caribbean.
  • Gabriela Cicenia: Originally from Ecuador, Gabriela is a PhD candidate in International Economics and Tourism at the University of Valencia (Spain). As part of her program, she is doing a fellowship at The George Washington University during the summer of 2017. She hopes to one day apply her skills in Ecuador to assist with tourism planning, policy, and development.
  • Paula Lewis: Paula is a Master of Arts in Tourism Management candidate at Royal Roads University in Canada. She is from the Caribbean island of Grenada. During her tenure working with Belmont Estate in Grenada, she gained extensive experience in agritourism, community tourism, and sustainable development. She hopes to eventually apply the knowledge from her international master's degree and internship with CREST at home in Grenada.
  • Giao Nguyen: Hailing from Hue City, Vietnam, Giao is a professional fellow of the Department of State's Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. He is an official of the Thua Thien Hue Department of Tourism, where he works on research and development. He spent a month with CREST this summer in order to learn about sustainable tourism and how it can be applied in Hue City. Then, working with CREST staff, Giao submitted a proposal for sustainable tourism development in his home town.
  • Ellen Rugh: Ellen is Philadelphia native and is currently pursuing her Master of International Affairs and Natural Resources/Sustainable Development from American University in Washington, DC and the University for Peace in Costa Rica. Ellen became interested in sustainable tourism through her undergraduate research in Peru and Costa Rica and is interested in continuing cultural exploration and sustainability through tourism research. Interested in cultural-heritage tourism? Don't miss this informative essay by Ellen, "The Blurred Lines between Cultural Authenticity and Staged Attractions in Indigenous Tourism."
  • Santiago Zindel: Santi is pursuing a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Master of Business Administration degree from the Yale School of Management. A native of Mexico City, Santi has also lived in the United States, France, and South Africa. Santi's interest in conservation of wildlife and wildlands across the world and passion for travel have led him to pursue a career in the field of sustainable tourism.

CREST in the News

  • 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? PYMNTS.com 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.

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