A bit of news from our friends at The Rainforest Alliance. A portal for sustainable travel! Now travelers looking for sustainable vacations in Latin America and the Caribbean can find them at SustainableTrip.org.
A database of hotels, tour operators, and restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean, have been certified by a third-party sustainable tourism certification program, verified by the Rainforest Alliance, or recommended as being sustainable by a reputable organization.
The site, available in three languages – in English as SustainableTrip.org; in Spanish as ViajeSostenible.org; and in French as VoyageResponsable.org. Initially launched in 2005 as the Eco-Index of Sustainable Tourism, SustainableTrip.org features a robust search engine and an in-depth profile for each business that includes information about amenities and rates, a description of the area and activities, a Google map of the business’ location, photos, videos, and actions that the business is taking to demonstrate sustainability. Interested parties can subscribe to a monthly email newsletter that includes links to new or updated hotel profiles. The site also features “News for the Savvy Traveler” and detailed info rmation about sustainable tourism.
The launch also coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the Rainforest Alliance’s sustainable tourism program which helps tourism professionals improve the sustainability of their businesses based on the principles of the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria. Initiatives include adopting ecosystem and water conservation measures, reducing energy use, supporting local economies, hiring from within the community and reducing costs. The Alliance also works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers. From large multinational corporations to small, community-based cooperatives, businesses and consumers worldwide are involved in the Rainforest Alliance’s efforts to bring responsibly produced goods and services to a global marketplace where the demand for sustainability is growing steadily.