Creating your own company following your passion for environmental science isn’t easy, explain the founders of STIPA, an ecotourism company and consultancy in Cuenca – the city in southeast Spain that was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. In this interview, Nuria Chacón and Alberto González tell us how it all started, why they expanded their activities towards ecotourism and what their biggest challenges are in running a small business.
It is an honor to offer you this interview with Tomás Azcárate, President of the Responsible Tourism Institute and one of the pioneers of sustainable tourism in Spain since the 80s. In this interview, Tomás reflects on his beginnings in the Doñana National Park and his experience as President of the Environment and Sustainable Development Program of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. He also shares his vision of how the responsible tourism agenda has evolved in recent years, and why the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is so important.
Community tourism in Nicaragua is the topic of this article by Tracy Johnson, whose website Green Nica aims to showcase products and businesses in a region under significant pressure to diversify its economic activities and to become more resilient against global economic market dynamics. As Tracy reports, a focus on sustainability and community tourism in Northern Nicaragua has helped local communities cope with the Coffee Crisis and provided a much brighter future for coming generations.
Professor Geoffrey Lipman is one of those people whose professional experience and biography are more suited for a book than a single interview. His story is certainly among the most intriguing we have come across so far in our interview series. A “Creative Disruption Architect”, Geoffrey Lipman has held many position, been at the helm of some of tourism’s most reputable organizations, and judging by his enthusiasm for Green Growth and the SUN project, there is no end in sight for his career as a facilitator and entrepreneur.
Many sustainability leaders in travel and tourism owe their success to the hands-on advice of consultants. Back in September 2015, we had the opportunity to meet Daniel Frey, among Europe’s most experienced sustainability advisors for hotels, whose career included active management experience as director of Lisbon’s multi-award winning Inspira Santa Marta hotel. In this interview, Daniel gives us a glimpse into the world of management consulting, the challenges of sustainability and how his company Green Growth helps hotels, large and small, master the long but inevitable journey towards better sustainability.