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Costa Rica's Green Hotels Receive Eco-Friendly Designation From Travelocity

New Travelocity Website Features hotels that received the Certification for Sustainable Tourism from the Costa Rica Tourism Board.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
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Travelocity has bestowed its coveted eco-friendly leaf to Costa Rican hotels who achieved the highest levels of the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) program. The CST is a product of the Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) and the program is designed to differentiate businesses of the tourism sector based on the degree to which they comply with a sustainable model of natural, cultural and social resource management.

Costa Rica prides itself on setting high sustainability and eco-friendly standards to so many hotels throughout the country. Unlike some travel sites, Travelocity does not accept “self-certified” hotels for the Green Hotel Directory. The company awards its eco-friendly hotel leaf to resorts that have been certified by second- or third-party green hotel certification programs whose standards closely align with the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC), and that have had an independent audit.

“Costa Rica is proud to offer these environmentally friendly hotels for the variety of different tourists that visit our beautiful country,” said Maria Amalia Revelo, Deputy Manager and Director of Marketing for the Costa Tourism Board. “We applaud Travelocity for creating this Green Hotel Directory that not only benefits travelers but also helps set a global example for sustainable tourism,” added Ms. Revelo.
“Costa Rica is widely known as one of the top eco-tourism destinations in the world,” says Alison Presley, manager of Travelocity’s Travel for Good program. “We are excited to expand our eco-friendly hotel options in Costa Rica, thanks to our new relationship with CST,” she adds.

On Travelocity, green hotels are marked within the normal shopping path with the easy-to-spot “eco-friendly hotel” leaf. This tag allows travelers to compare similar hotels by location and price and immediately see which provide an eco-friendly advantage. Plus, shoppers can now sort search results to show only the eco-friendly options in their destinations.

About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is located in Central America, nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, and bordered on the east by the Caribbean Sea and the west by the Pacific Ocean. This small country represents only .05 percent of the planet’s surface and it shelters almost 5 percent of the existing world’s biodiversity. It has given priority to the conservation of its natural resources, protecting 26 percent of its national territory through the creation of National Parks and other natural areas. The country also offers world-class eco-tourism and adventure travel. The options are unlimited for any discriminating traveler: horseback riding on a secluded beach; hiking through the lush whispering greenery of a rainforest; having an exhilarating experience on a white-water rafting trip, observing the tropical forests from a canopy tour; surfing the blue waves of either coast; experiencing a quite, close encounter with different species of birds and wildlife; and enjoying the diverse culture and hospitality of the Ticos.

About the Costa Rica Tourism Board
The Costa Rica Tourism Board, created in 1955, is an autonomous institution of the State, responsible for regulating the tourism activity in Costa Rica and promoting Costa Rica’s tourism attractions and destinations both at a national and international level. The Costa Rica Tourism Board creates tourism norms, regulations, incentives and grants the tourist declaratory for Costa Rica’s hotels, travel agencies, rental cars and other tourism organization and service provider.

For general travel or tourism information about Costa Rica, contact the Costa Rica Tourism Board directly at 1-866-267-8274 or visit their web site at www.visitcostarica.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
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