Green travelers looking for a better way to find sustainable travel options that have been certified as such can now turn to the Rainforest Alliance, a leading environmental non-profit, for research help. The organization launched recently SustainableTravel.org (or rather we should say, relaunched – see below), an online travel search engine.
This website, according to the Rainforest Alliance, “is a database of hotels, tour operators, and other businesses (such as restaurants) in Latin America and the Caribbean that have been certified by a sustainable tourism certification program, verified by the Rainforest Alliance, or recommended as being sustainable by a reputable organization.” SustainableTravel.org is not entirely new – it has been online since 2005 as the Eco-Index of Sustainable Tourism, but it now boasts a better search engine, updated design, Google maps integration and French language content.
“SustainableTrip.org is a valuable, unique resource in that it provides travelers, tour operators and travel agents with a credible, comprehensive listing of sustainable tourism options from a trusted conservation NGO,” said Ronald Sanabria, vice president of tourism for the Rainforest Alliance, in a statement. “The sustainability claim of each business is verified before it is listed on the site.”