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Responsible tourism: Costa Rica family wildlife holiday
Certification programmes in travel and tourism can be important tools for distinguishing genuinely responsible suppliers. The Certification for Sustainable Tourism Program - CST – was created by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) to differentiate businesses of the tourism sector, based on the degree to which they comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management.
Specifically for accommodation, CST sets a standard for lodges and hotels in key aspects of sustainability including environmental impact, community impact, and increasing environmental awareness. For our guests, we select lodges and hotels that are CST certified, to ensure that as a company we are doing all that we can to promote sustainable and environmentally conscious tourism. Many of our chosen lodges, such as Selva Verde, have their own tropical rainforest reserve within their grounds – this is a way of ensuring that their precious natural landscapes are preserved for generations to come.
We choose to work with suppliers who have a clear understanding of social responsibility and a commitment to improving their communities. For example, the owners of the Hotel Grano de Oro founded a social project in Costa Rica. This social project is a shelter for teenage mothers and their children, girls who were rescued from high-risk social environments (generally suffering from some form of abuse, exploitation or drug addiction); the shelter is called Casa Luz, and is located in La Guácima, Alajuela.
We admire this ethos and we look for these qualities in all suppliers that we work with as we believe strongly that tourism is a key factor which can help improve livelihoods and build economic stability amongst small communities. In addition to this, we carefully select suppliers who are conscientious and considerate in their treatment of staff and who make efforts to support employees and help them to achieve an excellent quality of life.