Jane Ashton, Director of Sustainable Development at TUI Group, provides valuable sustainability-related insights into the tourism industry, based on her rich professional and personal experience. In this interview, she tells us where the sustainable development journey is going in tourism, where she sees the main challenges and why – despite sustainability challenges of a growing tourism sector – there is reason to be optimistic. She also explains how the world’s largest tour operator is integrating sustainability in its businesses and destinations.
Meet Carlos Sandoval, owner and manager of Yacutinga Eco-Lodge in Argentina and ecotourism pioneer.
For a view of sustainable tourism from an innovator in the private sector, we bring you this interview with Ignasi Uñó Pérez, CEO and Co-founder of Twentytú Hi-tech Hostel Barcelona, a hotel certified by Biosphere and part of the Barcelona Sustainable Tourism network. Ignasi tells us, among other things, why the hostel management decided to be certified by Biosphere and the anticipated benefits, his opinion on the hotel moratorium implemented by the city’s new Lord Mayor, and which are the major challenges that Barcelona faces as tourist destination.
Omali Lodge is the intriguing story of a hotel whose dedication to sustainability and best practice isn´t hampered by a lack of awareness in its immediate surroundings. The lodge was our first stop during our destination visit of São Tomé and Príncipe, and our first hotel experience in Africa.
Bom Bom Island Resort is the heart and soul of destination Príncipe. The hotel is the first in Africa to obtain the Biosphere certification for hotels, awarded under the auspices of the Instituto de Turismo Responsable (ITR). During our stay, we had the chance to talk to Sérgio Duarte, the resort’s general manager.