Costa Rica receives recognition at the Sustainable Social Tourism Summit

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Costa Rica receives recognition at the Sustainable Social Tourism Summit
Source: ICT
September 07, 2022

The Costa Rican Network of Accessible Tourism won first place in the category of "Solidarity Tourism"


Within the framework of the Sustainable Social Tourism Summit, the Costa Rican Network of Accessible Tourism obtained the award that accredits it as first place in the category of Solidarity Tourism, in the first edition of the Awards for Sustainable and Social Tourism in Ibero-America.
 
This award for Sustainable and Social Tourism in Ibero-America 2022 was awarded in León, Guanajuato, Mexico and the best practices in social and sustainable tourism at the international level were chosen in three categories: Environmentally Responsible Tourism, Solidarity Tourism and Socially Responsible Tourism.
 
"This is an extremely important achievement for Costa Rica and for the Network because it denotes Costa Rica's efforts to make tourism increasingly inclusive and accessible, now known and valued in other latitudes, which helps us to differentiate ourselves as a destination" , said Alberto López, general manager of the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism.
 
For her part, Stephanie Sheehy, representative of the Costa Rican Network of Accessible Tourism said: “Thanks to this award we can bring to Costa Rica a new award where solidarity and social tourism is the crosscutting axis of our work. We are doing things well as an organization and as a country, and this award certifies it, highlighting Costa Rica as a responsible, sustainable and supportive destination”.
 
At the Sustainable Social Tourism Summit, 35 high-quality projects from various countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Argentina and Costa Rica, among others, were presented. Precisely the Costa Rican Accessible Tourism Network won the Solidarity Tourism award with a project that takes into account the management, operation and development of tourism with the following elements: a. Promotion of community participation in the management of local tourism; b. Accessibility and inclusion in its broadest spectrum; c. Empowerment of specific vulnerable groups through tourism.
 
For this election, the jury was made up of international tourism professionals from several countries, sustainability and tourism specialists, representatives of Europe and America, with proven experience in multidisciplinary tourism, NGOs, private companies, tourism SMEs and those close to tourism. inclusive in each of its countries.
 
 
According to Gustavo Pérez Berlanga, one of the members of the jury for these awards, awarding this award to the work of the Accessible Tourism Network filled the jury as a whole with happiness. "We unanimously awarded the prize and we highlight the outstanding sustainable tourism practices of this proposal and even this initiative as well as others will be highlighted in a report as an example for other countries," said the expert.
 
A strong network with universal expansion
Since 2017, the Costa Rican Accessible Tourism Network is a non-profit association that works to make Costa Rica a destination for all people. The three pillars it works on are: Inform, Verify and Educate, all within the framework of the sustainable development model that ICT promotes and includes inclusiveness.
 
According to its founders, this Network was born due to the need to raise awareness and transform Costa Rica into an accessible destination for all people and since then, they have taken on the task of working to generate accessible tourism opportunities through projects, training and other initiatives. One of its star projects is DONATAPA, an environmental social responsibility project that collects plastic waste to be transformed into plastic wood, which is later used in the creation of tools for the creation of accessible beaches. Based on the joint work and support of the ICT, local governments and the private sector, there are already more than 10 accessible beaches in the country with access walkways for wheelchairs and generation of amphibious wheelchairs.

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