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Tourism and Poverty

Just concluded in Monteverde, Monteverde sponsored by the Institute and the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), a U.S. nongovernmental organization based at Stanford University and Washington DC, the Third World Congress on Philanthropy Traveler.

Since 2004, I worked with CREST to support the criteria and practices that are considered globally responsible and sustainable tourism industry. The keynote speaker of the congress was Erika Harms, distinguished Costa Rican, executive director of the Global Council for Sustainable Tourism (GSTC) that plays a fundamental role at the international level to establish standards of sustainable tourism.

The conference brought together in Monteverde over a hundred leaders from America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania, representatives of foundations and companies related to responsible tourism and philanthropy. They discussed the global trends of travelers today, the developers need to know to attract the tourist clientele, and very explicitly established that the traveler's philanthropy should be part of the concept of responsible tourism and contribute to sustainable social, environmental and economic communities and destinations.

National treasure. The biodiversity that has and still retain the Osa Peninsula is the most valuable national treasure. It is also the poorest region of our country. For this reason, many Costa Ricans believe that the opening of an international airport in the region, will bring many employment opportunities as well give their residents need and thus improve the social and economic conditions.

Take from: LA NACIÓN, page 31.







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