In June 2018, Fabian Roman, VP for South America, visited the emblematic community tourism projects of the Mundo Maya Organization, as part of the project undertaken by Planet 4 People. Work was done with indigenous communities of the Mayan World in Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras.
In 2017 we said good bye to one of the pioneers of sustainable tourism, to a change maker, a story teller, and above all a friend. Born in the USA, Amos made Costa Rica his home. He soon discovered the value of using tourism for good. “Finding market solutions to environmental problems is the only way we will succeed”, that was his mantra. Amos will continue to live on through his work.
During the last Planeta, Personas y Paz – P3 meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica, Fabian Román, VP of South America, presented Planet 4 People’s outcomes of the project “Development of an Innovative Standard for the Certification of Sustainable Tourism”, commissioned by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo.
In recent years we have seen numerous initiatives to protect the value of cultural and social heritage, whether tangible or intangible property, whether artistic, historical, architectural, archaeological, traditional, oral and other categories that may be cited. However the wealth of cultural heritage is large and the resources to protect it are scarce, innovative mechanisms need to be designed to ensure their long term preservation.
Climate change adaptation cannot wait for the future, it has to start now! The tourism sector of Costa Rica has a great economic impact and multiplier effect, but it struggles in practicing a climate change adaptation strategy. The signs of climate change are already perceived in the ground gained at our beaches, water stress, or increased rainfall. It is time for a climate change adaptation strategy.
The question of investing in sustainability is answered by several studies that clearly demonstrate the profitability of the sustainable tourism but that it is a growing trend. Sustainability, however, can only be achieved with a combined effort of businesses and destinations.
Planet4People is born out of the concern of like minded people to do something to address the many unmet needs that lead to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and Beyond 2015. Together we bring experience, expertise and passion to support the efforts to achieve these goals.