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Costa Rica Hosts II Successful International Ecotourism Conference











White Faced Monkey in Manuel Antonio National Park


(PRWEB) December 7, 2010

Costa Rica hosted the II International Planet, People, Peace conference which began on the 1st of November 2010. The three day conference organized by the National Association of Ecotourism (Camara Nacional de Ecoturismo, CANECO) brought together 200 participants from the national and international tourism industry and focused on the implementation and successes of sustainable tourism, of which Costa Rica is a recognized leader.

Glenn Jampol, President of the National Association of Ecotourism affirms, “Costa Rica has innovated, creating a responsible destination where tourists can contribute to solutions and sustainable tourism.”

The pioneering role that Costa Rica has played has helped redefine the concept of responsible tourism demonstrating that it is much more than a public relations trend. A popular beach and sun vacation destination, thousands travel to Costa Rica every year to enjoy stunning rainforest landscapes, beautiful beaches and rich biodiversity. Costa Rica offers a wide range of eco adventure tours, promising a truly unique vacation experience. The success of this years Planet, People Peace conference further reinforced Costa Rica’s forward thinking approach to sustainable tourism.

The themed agenda for the Planet, People, Peace conference for 2010 focused on the main elements of earth, air, water and fire. The conference explored specific topics pertaining to the benefits of sustainable tourism, covering areas such as the community rural tourism experience, climate change projects, tendencies and prognosis for sustainable tourism and the importance of marketing and certification.

The first day focused on the importance of building community rural tourism and its potential to compete with multinational tourism companies. Many of those who attended the conference recognized that community rural tourism is also a sure way to reinforce cultural identity and ensure tourists are experiencing Costa Rica in all its authenticity.

Alberto Lopez Chaves, Director of Sustainability at the Costa Rica Tourism Board says, “A large percentage of every dollar that goes toward tourism in Costa Rica directly serves and benefits our local communities, mainly in activities related with community rural tourism and the services they provide. Any company that wants to build a presence here is strongly encouraged to support our rural communities as part of the sustainable tourism that Costa Rica practices.”

Statements made by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the 27th September to mark World Tourism Day, further demonstrate the significance of the Planet, People, Peace Conference.

Ban Ki-Moon stressed the importance of sustainable tourism’s role in safeguarding the environment. “The tourism community is becoming increasingly aware of its responsibility, he stated. “Indeed there is much the sector can contribute to protecting biodiversity, including by integrating simple measures such as managing tour groups to minimize disturbance to wildlife or buying supplies only from sustainable sources.”

The Costa Rican tourism industry has made great strides in implementing sustainable tourism policies and local vacation rental operators agree that the country is a fitting location for more Planet, People Peace conferences. “Costa Rica is the true pioneer of sustainable tourism, those that work in the industry have seen the positive results and we know that by working together we can effect positive environmental change through the promotion of responsible tourism,” affirmed Sara Hopkins, a spokesperson for Escape Villas, a leading vacation rental management company located in Costa Rica.

Escape Villas, offers exclusive vacation rentals and has been operating in Costa Rica for over ten years, their Green Pledge is representative of a united effort and an excellent example of Costa Rica’s commitment to sustainable tourism, “We recognize that we are fortunate enough to be able to offer quality vacation rentals in some of the most beautiful places in the world. These prime locations boast some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet and to ensure their protection and conservation we are committed to being green,” explained Hopkins.

Escape Villas Green Pledge focuses on resource conservation, the implementation of best green practices and a carbon offset initiative. The company maintains a rainforest reserve and promotes land conservation and tree planting projects in Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Additionally, Villas Costa Rica supports all community rural tourism initiatives in the areas in which they offer vacation rentals.

The Planet, People Peace Conference exhibited such initiatives in November with a view to emphasize that sustainable tourism in Costa Rica is a successful model that has multiple benefits not only for the environment but also for economy.

“Some speakers at this conference have pointed out that more government/international regulations are critical. Some have spoken eloquently about the importance of certification and accreditation systems. Others have noted the importance of voluntary initiatives by travelers, such as buying carbon offset credits. Still others have emphasized the importance of making tourism more sustainable by making sustainability increasingly profitable.” Ed Westchler, Associate Editor of Everett Potter’s Travel Report explained after attending the conference.

Current world issues regarding the economy and climate change have a significant influence on the tourism industry. “Costa Rica has also managed to provide evidence that tourists continue to increase their concern about these matters, and what governments, corporations and organizations should comprehend is that tourists are consistently choosing tourist destinations using these models of sustainability,” Glenn Jampol, President, National Association of Ecotourism.

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Costa Rica’s Most Successful Luxury Resort Development Launches Altavista Los Sueños Residences











All Los Sueños residences feature phenomenal views of the resort, golf course and rainforest reserve.


Herradura Bay, Costa Rica (PRWEB) October 21, 2010

Los Sueños Resort and Marina, an 1,100-acre master planned destination community, will begin construction on the Altavista Los Sueños condominium residences in December 2010. Located at Herradura Bay on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, Los Sueños is a perfect escape for those who seek understated luxury and a comfortable lifestyle in a tropical climate or are looking to invest in a vacation home in increasingly popular Central America.

Los Sueños Resort & Marina currently features a private 600-acre rainforest reserve; the 201-room five-star Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort; a full-service, 200-slip international marina; an exclusive Beach Club for residents; and the 18-hole La Iguana championship golf course. With over 500 luxury single-family homes, lots, condominiums and villas already sold, Los Sueños begins construction on Altavista Los Sueños. Consisting of three-bedroom condominium residences ranging from 1,750 to 2,100 square feet and priced from $ 589,000 to $ 749,000, Altavista Los Sueños epitomizes the affordable comfort, convenience and luxury for which Los Sueños is known.

“Our goal with Altavista Los Sueños was to create a new collection of high-quality ocean view residences that responded to today’s market demands,” says developer William Royster. “Altavista will complement our existing community and will offer owners the same great access to a world-class, award-winning resort and Costa Rica’s first government-sanctioned, full-service international marina.”

Altavista Los Sueños joins the development’s exclusive portfolio of luxury resort residences that range from one, two and three bedroom condominiums to single-family homes. All Los Sueños residences feature phenomenal views of the resort, golf course and rainforest reserve and some include remarkable views of Los Sueños’ handsomely designed international marina and the awe-inspiring expanse of Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast, famous for dramatic sunsets. Other Los Sueños communities include Riviera and Malibu at Altamira, Marbella Condominiums at Altamira, Montebello Residences at Altamira, Colina Condominiums, Del Mar Condominiums and Bay Residences at Del Mar.

Los Sueños Resort and Marina is the most successful resort development in Central America with record-breaking home sales, a marina that is considered the best in Latin America for its world-class facilities and renowned bill fishery, and the highly acclaimed Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort. The next eight years will see the completion of the remaining phases of Los Sueños, including the final phase of Marina Village, several hundred additional luxury residences and the construction of an eco-lodge in the rainforest reserve.

Spectacular natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere attract a growing number of travelers, investors and home buyers to Costa Rica every year. Nine active volcanoes, diverse forest environments, hot springs, wetlands, lakes, island reserves and 600 miles of beaches on two coasts provide endless possibilities for activities ranging from hiking and white water rafting through national parks to surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving off the Pacific and Caribbean shores. The world leader in ecological protected areas, with 27% of its land mass designated as national parks or reserves, Costa Rica affords the unparalleled opportunity to see and live among colorful and fascinating birds and animals in their natural habitat.

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