Costa Rica has received its Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) standard for lodging and tour operators achieving the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s GSTC-Recognized Standard status.
The eco-friendly travel destination meets the organization’s sustainability criteria
Gustavo Sequra, Costa Rica’s minister of tourism, said, “As global leaders in sustainability, we are honored to receive the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s recognition for the Certification of Sustainable Tourism Standard. Established more than 20 years ago by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, the program is a result of the public and private sector’s collaborative efforts to recognize tourism companies for their sustainable tourism practices. Today, more than 400 tourism companies retain the certification.”
11 destination standards, 33 hotel standards, and 31 tour operator standards have achieved GSTC-Recognized status till so far. This was achieved by meeting the organization’s sustainability criteria.
Costa Rica continues to operate a sustainable tourism model that highlights its myriad national parks and wildlife refuges. It operates on 99.5% clean and renewable energy, and are planning to be 100% decarbonized by 2050. Costa Rica is set to reopen tourism on Aug. 1.
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