The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) is a unique policy-oriented research organization dedicated to increasing the positive global impact of responsible tourism. CREST assists governments, policy makers, tourism businesses, nonprofit organizations, and international agencies with finding solutions to critical issues confronting tourism, the world’s largest service industry. CREST provides interdisciplinary analysis and innovative solutions through research, field projects, publications, consultancies, conferences, courses, and documentary films, recognizing tourism’s potential as a tool for poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation.
The United Nations Environment Programme’s North America Office, established in Washington, D.C. in October 2000, is one of six regional offices. The mission of the office is to assist in carrying out UN Environment’s global program by fostering cooperation and building partnerships on environmental issues between the North American region and the broader international community.
Event Steering Committee:
- Martha Honey, executive director, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)
- Hilary French, programme management officer, North America office, United Nations Environment
- Mary-Elizabeth Gifford, immediate past president, Washington Spa Alliance and board of directors, Demeter-USA
- Eric Kuhn, Washington-based communications and development specialist
- Alice Marshall, president, Alice Marshall Public Relations
- Rich Shea, director of communications, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)
- Samantha Hogenson, managing director, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)