Tourism and Environmental Conservation

Sustainable tourism results in being more attractive to travelers, savings in operations and preferential treatment, including economic and business benefits.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"Do not say that the natural wealth of Costa Rica produces no revenue: first place in the top ten most popular adventure destinations in the world by International Business Times magazine, host for 2013 of the largest international adventure event, Adventure Race World Championship 2013,Travel Weekly Readers Choice Award as the best destination in Central and South America and one of the top 10 honeymoon destinations according to Modern Bride magazine", writes Katiana Murillo on her ‘sostenible’ on

The author shares the results of a survey of different companies who participated recently in the EXPOTUR fair regarding the reasons for pursuing sustainable tourism processes:

"The reasons were: customers demand it (mainly European wholesale or corporate clients), savings in the operation of the company, preferential treatment in tourism fairs, believing in environmental responsibility, a trademark and its is even a motivating factor among employees , which ultimately leads to better service and higher sales. "

Even operators who are not fully convinced of the benefits of these processes showed that they could not keep up, "recognizing the seal onsustainability as an issue of market differentiation to its competitors."

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When it comes to making a choice, there is a clear preference by travelers for "green" hotels and tourism products, confirming that the sustainability of the tourism business only makes sense when the sustainability of the area is guaranteed.

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Tourist companies believe that sustainability is not an easy process, however it can be a good idea if it is about doing business.

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March 2011

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The region exhibited its tourism offer by focusing on the protection of the environment.

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Sustainable Tourism Project Contest

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The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank group, and two partners are seeking sustainable tourism proposals for coastal, waterway, and island destinations that protect the environment and strengthen the heritage and livelihoods of the local population.

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