WE STAND FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
We know that the concept of sustainability involves a great amount of responsibility and hard work, aside from the business related issues. Standing for sustainable tourism means that we care to maintain a system of both local and global resources.
We intend to do this by conserving and preserving the ecological and cultural integrity, promoting social and economic equity, understanding differences, promoting community involvement, and placing greater emphasis on education.
We believe that if something is not sustainable it will eventually disappear. Therefore, our daily goal is to take actions against practices that are not sustainable. Camino Travel encourages sustainable business in tourism; not only by reducing the impact on the environment; but also with consideration to the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of sustainability.
Certification for sustainable tourism for Tour Operators CST-TO:
Camino Travel is proud to be one of the few companies in Costa Rica to obtain the Certification for Sustainable Tourism for Tour Operators (CST-TO) achieving the fifth level.
This certification is awarded by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) to distinguish companies according to the degree to which they comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management.
The certification is regulated by the Costa Rican National Accreditation Commission and consists of a scale of 5 “levels” of sustainable tourism achievement. http://www.turismo-sostenible.co.cr/en
How do you know that Camino is really engaged with sustainable and responsible tourism?
Camino has invested in different initiatives to be sure about what the company is doing. These actions give you more confidence about our practices and also provide information regarding how we do sustainable tourism.
Today we are proud to be one of the first companies in Costa Rica that obtained the Certification for Sustainable Tourism for Tour Operators (CST) achieving the five levels.
This certification is a product of the Costa Rican Tourism Board and it is regulated by the Costa Rican National Accreditation Commission. The main purpose is to distinguish companies according to the degree to which they comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management.
Why the Certification for Sustainable Tourism makes sense?
CST gives you reliable information regarding companies that make efforts to improve their management and operations to offer a sustainable product. It is also a good tool to differentiate those companies that are truly engaged with sustainable practices, from others that claim to be sustainable but are inconsistent in their actions.
When you see that a company has the CST, what can you expect?
The company avoids damaging the natural environment.
Performs different actions to prevent natural environmental risks.
Reduces, Reuses, and Recycles.
Uses natural and biodegradable products.
Have programs to save electricity and saving water.
Encourage people to take care and protect the natural and cultural wealth of the country.
Complies with the law and regulations regarding the environment, wildlife, archeological heritage, and social security.
Cares to provide employment opportunities for the community where it operates.
Promotes and values the national traditions and customs.
Have different programs to evaluate its services and improve their quality.
Educates their employees to understand the benefits of good practices not only with activities related to the company itself, but also in their everyday lives.
If you need more information regarding the CST, please click here
Besides the Certification for Sustainable Tourism, is Camino doing something else?
Code of conduct
Moreover, loyal to our moral and ethical principles, Camino signed the Code of Conduct against Child Sexual Exploitation in Tourism. This code is promoted by the World Tourism Organization in conjunction with local child protection organizations.
The aim of the Code is to create commitment among all the actors in the tourism industry, to fight against child sexual exploitation in tourism. We do this by means of raising awareness of the problem and assuming an active role in the battle against tourism of this kind.
How does Camino translate the initiatives into actions?
We know that aside from the business related issues, the concept of sustainability requires a great deal of responsibility and hard work. Being sustainable means that we care to maintain a system of both local and global resources. For this reason, we have developed a clear strategy to work in areas such as infrastructure and services, education, and interaction between the natural habitat and the socio-economical environment.
We provide our customers advice to protect the environment, and for them to promote: avoid using paper brochures, avoid excessive use of sun tan and sun blocking creams and lotions just before entering the ocean, to do not feed the wildlife in or outside the national parks, try -when possible- of avoid changing towels and linens in the hotels every day, amongst other practices.
Also, we give advice to protect species of flora and fauna of the visited areas, urging them to avoid and especially to denounce the extraction, illegal captivity and artificial feeding of wild animals.
We ask our passengers to respect the environment of the communities they visit by trying to generate the least amount of waste, not collecting flora and fauna of national parks and other protected areas and to protect our heritage by not buying authentic archaeological pieces nor souvenirs from endangered animals or, such as tortoise shells, coral and precious woods, among others. We also urge them to report any action or person that offers in any illegal way flora and fauna species.
We ensure that laws that protect natural resources and shelter are met. Camino Travel will denounce the illegal extraction and captivity of wild animals and plants by our suppliers and customers.
Within our actions to make tourism sustainable we:
Encourage local suppliers
Promote contact between the traveller and the local inhabitants
Preserve the ecological and cultural integrity
Encourage social and economic equity
Promote community involvement placing emphasis on education
Give information to travelers on how to be a responsible tourist
Keep high quality and control standards to assure our clients a top service
We believe that if something is not sustainable it will eventually disappear; therefore we will follow our conviction in promoting and supporting the development of responsible tourism, for the benefit of present and future generations, and in absolute harmony with the environment.
National Campaign against child sexual tourism.
Camino Travel is one of the sponsors of the National Campaign against child sexual tourism, run by the World Tourism Organization, along with Costa Rica’s National Childhood Institute, the Paniamor Childhood Foundation, and supported by the Costa Rican Tourist Board and the Costa Rican Association of Tour Operators (ACOT). Some actions taken in the fight against such situations include: not recommending, promoting or selling hotels that have been openly identified as hosts of sexual tourism activities; supporting campaigns and undersigning agreements against sexual Tourism. www.thecode.org
A Nation that Protects Children and Teens against all forms of abuse.
Sexual exploitation of children and adolescents is a crime punishable by law and the penalty reaches not only the exploiter but the middleperson.
In Costa Rica commercial sexual exploitation of children under 18 is a crime penalized with up to 16 years of imprisonment.
Child Sex Tourism: A Global Problem www.codeofconduct.or.cr
Camino Travel informs all clients and service providers that sexual harrasment, children prostitution and the use of illegal substances are penalized by law.
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Camino Travel offers customize CSR programs based on sustainability, accountability and transparency, were both company and community are benefited. These activities allow participants to raise awareness and interact with local people while having an impact in their social development and quality of life. Our CSR programs incorporate a wide spectrum of social responsibility projects that adapt to your companies values, objectives, time and budget restraints.
We design and deliver highly rewarding activities that contribute positively in local communities and that will make a memorable experience! This is a unique way to manage the impact of daily activities accomplishing transparent and ethical behavior thought fun and selfless activities.
We have a specialized CSR Department coordinated by María Laura González, a highly motivated social worker that reports directly to our Product Manager and Partner, Adriana Salas. Having a social worker in our team provides us with a multidisciplinary approach and a more holistic vision when designing projects and activities.
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