Interview: Beatriz Barreal on Sustainable Riviera Maya, Mexico

Interview: Beatriz Barreal on Sustainable Riviera Maya, Mexico

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.

Interview with Mayra Nieto, Park Güell, Barcelona

Interview with Mayra Nieto, Park Güell, Barcelona

Park Güell is a tourist attraction wandering and struggling between the benefits and issues brought by mass tourism in Barcelona. During the Grand Tour 2015, we visited Barcelona and had the opportunity to talk with Mayra Nieto Magaldi, Park Güell’s Sales, Marketing and Customer Service Manager, who told us about the new regulation model implemented to conserve this important tourist and cultural enclave, guaranteeing not only the quality of the tourists’ visit, but also maintaining it as a place for neighbors and citizens to enjoy for leisure and everyday use.

Interview with Xavier Suñol Ferrer, Barcelona City Council

Interview with Xavier Suñol Ferrer, Barcelona City Council

During our Grand Tour last year we visited Barcelona, the first city in the world to obtain the Biosphere responsible tourism certification. We had the chance to catch up with Xavier Suñol Ferrer, Head of Strategic Projects at Barcelona City Council’s Tourism Department. Xavier explains the city’s vision and strategic plan, and tells us why Barcelona decided to become certified by Biosphere. He also outlines the main changes implemented since the new mayor – a former activist – took office in May 2015.

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