Costas is a member of the Advisory Board of World Travel Market -World Responsible Tourism Day.  He has also been recognised together with Sir Richard Branson, Ted Turner, Jane Goodall, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, among others, as one of 50 Global Visionaries working to save the planet. 

NBC's 'Today Show' said of Costas: “For the past 30 years, Costas been at the leading edge of the green travel movement, since way before it was ever called ‘green’ or even a movement.”

He is also a Contributing Writer for Virtuoso Life Magazine, and serves as Director of Sustainability for the Virtuoso Travel Network. Costas’ articles and essays have appeared in many of the world’s top publications, including the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and Sunday Times of London.

He frequently appears on television and radio to talk about travel trends and emerging destinations with appearances on Travel Channel, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN International, BBC World, FOX News, National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Weekend and National Public Radio, among others. 

Costas is one of the pioneers of ecotourism, helping to officially define the term and serving as a founding member and former Chairman of The International Ecotourism Society.  His column in National Geographic Traveler won the NATJA Gold Prize in 2011 and Bronze Prize in 2012 for best environmental travel writer in North America.

Also in 2012, Costas was nominated for the Heinz Award, among the most prestigious United States awards given to an individual for their outstanding work supporting conservation, cultural heritage and the arts. You can learn more about Costas by visiting his website at Beyond Green Travel.