Manuel Antonio National Park, located in Quepos, Puntarenas, received in January the Certificate of Sustainable Tourism (CST) in the Elite modality, granted by the Instituto Costaricense de Turismo (ICT), as reported by the director of the National Conservation System (SINAC) ), Rafael Gutiérrez.
It is a recognition that has as a fundamental purpose to make the concept of sustainability something real, practical and necessary, within the context of the country’s tourist competitiveness, in order to save the way in which natural and social resources are used.
SINAC started the process of choice for this certificate in March 2020 and culminated in January this year with the CST concession of the Technical Verification Commission (CTV) of the Elite category for this Protected Wild Area.
The Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura, said that SINAC demonstrates that the sustainable management of a National Park is possible, “considering aspects of business management and measurement of social, environmental, cultural and economic impacts, as well as working with the communities of surrounding areas “.
“From all points of view, obtaining the CST is considered a very high merit, since it also manages two natural resources and protection of the environment, the area will contribute technically to the orientation for sustainable tourism as a way to strengthen and support internal, local and regional socio-economic development”, said the Minister.
This is an excerpt from an article originally published on Costa Rica News.