In this interview, Sustainable Riviera Maya founder Beatriz Barreal tells us how she went from communications and marketing guru to Mexico’s sustainable tourism development champion. We learn what lead to the founding of the successful NGO and what challenges Sustainable Riviera Maya has faced and still struggles with today. She also explains to us the importance of cooperation among stakeholders in order to achieve sustainability at a destination level.
This Sustainability Leaders interview with Gopinath (Gopi) Parayil of India is part of a special series featuring board members of the recently founded Asian Ecotourism Network. A social entrepreneur and expert in sustainable tourism for more than a decade, Gopi introduces us to his projects and research in India, how tourism impacts the community and makes a positive difference to local people, environment, and the destination itself.
Geoffrey Wall, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo, Canada, shares unique insights into the realities of the world of tourism academia: what is working and what is holding the field back. He also discusses the people who have influenced him most over that past 40 years, the biggest obstacle to truly sustainable tourism, the future of tourism in China, and what makes a sustainability leader. A wealth of information and some genuine food for thought.
Soulinnara Ratanavong, a Lao native, is a Teacher and Trainer at LANITH, the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality. Recipient of a“PATA Face of The Future”, a prestigious award from Pacific Asia Travel Association, Soulinnara shares with us her passion to help the youth of Laos through tourism education and her inspiration to progress sustainable tourism development in Asia.
Interview with Albert Salman, founder of Green Destinations, on how the initiative is innovating, redefining and expanding the possibilities of sustainable destination certification and aims to bring a more well-rounded approach to the concept of ‘Green Destinations’. Learn what makes a truly sustainable destination, and why many existing certifications fall short.
In this interview, Tony Charters, Founding Director of Ecotourism Australia, discusses sustainable tourism development in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. As board member of the Asian Ecotourism Network, he offers his view on the organization’s challenges and opportunities.