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.
Meet Jane Ashton, Director of Sustainable Development at TUI Group, world’s largest travel company: learn about TUI’s sustainability challenges & successes.
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.