Rainforest Alliance is a non-profit international organization, working in over 70 countries worldwide to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods.
Rainforest Alliance Verified™ mark is a tool offering businesses concrete recommendations designed to improve their sustainability performance. Verification is an important step towards certification because a verified business must apply to an active certification program operating in its country and credited by Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). In the case of Travel Excellence, we have already obtained the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) awarded by Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT). We have been qualified as a model business complying with more than 95% of the sustainability criteria standard and have obtained the maximum score (5 Hojas).
Since June 2011, Travel Excellence is Rainforest Alliance Verified TM as a company engaged with sustainable practices in different domains such as management, design and planning of vacation packages, service quality and marketing. In addition, we have qualified within the best range of requirement fulfillment, achieving a score above 80% on the verification performance evaluation.
For Travel Excellence, to be Rainforest Alliance Verified TM means to have another opportunity to continue promoting a responsible use of natural resources, not only in Costa Rica but also outside our country. This will encourage a healthy market system that values sustainable production, natural resources and consumer awareness, that stimulates equitable trade and local communities integral development.