New York –
Savvy travelers looking for sustainable vacation options in Latin America and the Caribbean can now find them by logging on to SustainableTrip.org, an online search engine launched today by the Rainforest Alliance.
SustainableTrip.org is a database of hotels, tour operators, and other businesses (such as restaurants) in Latin America and the Caribbean that have been certified by a sustainable tourism certification program, verified by the Rainforest Alliance, or recommended as being sustainable by a reputable organization.
The site is available in three languages – English, as SustainableTrip.org; Spanish, as ViajeSostenible.org; and French, as VoyageResponsable.org.
“SustainableTrip.org is a valuable, unique resource in that it provides travelers, tour operators and travel agents with a credible, comprehensive listing of sustainable tourism options from a trusted conservation NGO,” said Ronald Sanabria, vice president of tourism for the Rainforest Alliance. “The sustainability claim of each business is verified before it is listed on the site.”
The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization committed to conserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable livelihoods around the world. The organization has been working in Latin America for more than 20 years. Through its sustainable tourism program, the Rainforest Alliance helps tourism professionals improve the sustainability of their businesses based on the principles of the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria. Initiatives include implementing ecosystem and water conservation measures, reducing energy use, supporting local economies, hiring from within the community and reducing costs.
SustainableTrip.org supports business owners’ efforts to become sustainable by promoting them to key tourism markets in the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America.
Online since 2005 as the Eco-Index of Sustainable Tourism, SustainableTrip.org features a more powerful search engine, an updated design, Google Maps of business locations, links to promotional videos and information in French.
The Rainforest Alliance 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. For more information, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.