In this interview, Albert Teo, Managing Director of Borneo Eco Tours and Sukau Rainforest Lodge, shares his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities of tourism development in South East Asia. Mr. Teo has been in the hospitality and tourism industry for over three decades and draws from his experiences diverse experience as a pioneer of sustainable business.
In this interview, Glenn Jampol shares his experiences in sustainable tourism, both past and present, and the successes and challenges he has faced along the way. He also explains what sets GEN – the recently founded Global Ecotourism Network – apart from other organizations in the sustainable tourism world and why it fills an important void.
An oasis of tranquility founded by five friends 30 years ago, Lurdeia Casa Rural is a pioneer in ecotourism and organic farming in the Basque Country. This rural home is a great example of how a local business can balance nature and economic development, combining the benefits of sustainable development, eco-certification and environmental education. Josu tells us how it all began.
Agroturismo Arkaia is a shining example of sustainability leadership in the Basque Country, excelling in accessible tourism. Just outside the city borders of Vitoria-Gasteiz and part of the city’s impressive Anillo Verde (Green Belt), the skillfully renovated farmhouse Agroturismo Arkaia is the work of Ángeles Arroyo Sánchez and her family. In this interview, Ángeles discusses their road to certification and why eco-certification should be a goal for all tourism businesses.
Las Casas de EA Astei is a rural home in the Basque Country that is taking energy efficiency to the next level. This is the success story of both Mertxe Begiristain, who manages the tourism business, and her son, whose architecture, design and engineering skills have led to the creation of the first home in Spain to produce more energy than it consumes. Built primarily out of biodegradable, renewable and ecological materials, this rural home seeks maximum integration with its surrounding environment.