CREST, the Puntacana Ecological Foundation, and Puntacana Resort & Club in the Dominican Republic hosted the first ever Innovators Think Tank: Climate Change & Coastal Tourism. Grupo Puntacana was one of the first large tourism complexes in the Caribbean to adopt good practices of both ecotourism and of climate change adaptation and mitigation. As host for this Think Tank, CREST and Puntacana brought together success stories from sustainable tourism innovators, as well as the latest evidence from climate change experts. The geographic focus of this invitation-only Think Tank is on North America and the Caribbean.
Over the pasts several years, CREST has hosted three larger scale Innovators Symposiums designed to highlight initiatives in social and environmental sustainability in coastal and marine tourism in the Americas. The 2015 Think Tank was designed as a smaller, more intimate, working session organized around a single critical theme: how coastal and marine tourism must be planned, built, and operated in an era of climate change. With this targeted focus, practitioners and experts focused on tangible, hands-on climate change solutions for coastal and marine tourism.