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Published on : Friday, October 7, 2016
This year nearly 72 Costa Rican tourism companies obtained Sustainable Tourism Certification, a standard promoted by the Costa Rican Tourism Board and recognized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in which companies voluntarily commit to managing operations in a sustainable manner.
The Awards Ceremony took place as part of World Tourism Day celebrations. The awards were presented by Minister Ventura and the National Accreditation Commission, led by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) and composed of the Environment Ministry (MINAE), the National Biodiversity Institute (INBio), the University of Costa Rica (UCR), the Central American Institute for Business Administration (INCAE), the National Tourism Chamber (CANATUR), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (UICN) and the National Ecotourism Chamber (CANAECO).
Among the categories of companies receiving CST are lodging establishments, car rental agencies, tour operators, sustainable theme parks, sustainable gastronomic businesses and coastal marine tour operators.
Tourism Minister Mauricio Ventura said the fact that Costa Rica waves the flag of sustainability means that tourism is a generator of socio-economic benefits for the country and its inhabitants as a source of employment, investment and prosperity, as well as an ideal tool to fight poverty.
“The years have taught us that sustainability is the way for tourism to flourish; therefore, today we proudly celebrate the commitment of the nearly 360 tourism companies that not only have implemented CST, but also have internalized the vision of this tool in promoting efficient use of resources, protection of biological diversity and the push to ensure tourism fulfills the social function of fostering development and prosperity in communities,” Ventura said.
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