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Swiss Travel

Type of destination:

  • Beach / ocean
  • City
  • Farm / ranch / rural
  • River / lake / wetland
  • Forest / rainforest
  • Indigenous community
  • Historic site
  • Mountain

Type of business:

  • Tour operator


Target Market:

Mid range

Description

Swiss Travel is the leading tour operator in Costa Rica and proudly offers complete services for individual, group, incentive, and cruise ship travelers, always with a view towards responsibility and respect towards our environment and people, framed by our incredible tropical biodiversity. We have more than forty years' experience of sharing our country with visitors from all over the world; we have opened our house to our friends, who return home with memories of this fabulous and blessed country.

Over the years, the Swiss Travel team has worked hard to create an organization that gives each of our guests the experience they expect. Our company is always ready to make our guests’ expectations into a personal commitment.

Learn more about Swiss Travel's exciting tour itineraries in Costa Rica by visiting the "Additional Information" section below.

Activities

  • Adventure sports
  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Canopy exploration
  • Eco / nature / wildlife
  • Educational / research / volunteering
  • Fishing
  • Guided tours
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain climbing
  • River rafting / kayaking
  • Scuba diving / snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Visits to conservation projects
  • Volunteers accepted
  • Walking / hiking
  • Yoga / meditation

Making a Difference

Number of employees: 162

Percentage of local employees: 41%

Swiss Travel is committed to preserve the resources that made it possible for us to be in the place we are today. We are proud to be certified by the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) program and are committed to the natural resources of Costa Rica, our local communities, and our own most valued asset - our employees.

Swiss Travel, through its sustainable tourism management system, directs its efforts into concrete actions that contribute to the environmental and social improvement of the places where it works. At the same time, this system allows the agency to plan its activities and subsequently evaluate the efficacy and continuing improvement of the organization.

As part of these actions, we have created a series of programs that focus on solid waste management, water and energy conservation, environmental education in schools, forest preservation programs, designing tourism products that include communities participation with direct benefits, responsible consumerism, training and education about sustainability for our partners, and participation in community outreach activities, and we recently have begun to reduce and compensate for our carbon footprint.

We attribute the success of our management to: staff training, which helps us to provide reliable service that respects the environment and local cultures; the involvement of partners and interested parties in our sustainability programs; taking action based on the principles of sustainability; and communication and information for our vendors, community, clients, and partners about our efforts to implement best management practices for sustainable tourism.

Swiss Travel is a member of Tour Operators Promoting Sustainability (TOPS), a specialized global platform of tour operators dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable tourism in their respective markets.

Getting There

Nearest international airport: San José (SJO)

Nearest local/national airport: Liberia (LIR)

Our branch office in Liberia is 3 miles (5 km) from Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR).

Additional Information

Files

Date This Information Was Provided

May 2013.

Photos courtesy of Swiss Travel, Costa Rica, for SustainableTrip.org.

Contact Information

Piero Manavella
Sustainable Management

Autopista Próspero Fernández, 4 km oeste del Oficentro Forum #1
Brasil de Santa Ana, San José
Costa Rica

Tel: +506/2282-4898
Fax: +506/2282-4890

www.swisstravelcr.com;
www.facebook.com/SwissTravel

Contact

Certification

Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST)

Sustainability level: 4 leaves

Date: September, 2013

Verification

Rainforest Alliance Verified™

Date: October, 2011

Sustainability performance:
Environmental management: 84%
Sociocultural management: 94%
Business management: 87%

Overall performance: 88%

Making a Difference

Winner, Making a Difference Award

Winner,
June, 2013

 

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