We are very excited to bring you this interview with Rachel Dodds, sustainable tourism consultant, researcher and Associate Professor at Ryerson University (Ted Rogers School of Management) in Toronto, Canada, where she directs the Hospitality and Tourism Research Institute. She uncovers how leadership and personal conduct affect the direction of sustainable tourism and how tourism intersects with other disciplines. She also tells us about her favorite sustainable tourism success story: How Fogo Island Inn improved their supply chains issues when it comes to local food production.
Today, meet Salli Felton, CEO of the Travel Foundation, an independent charity that brings together public, private and third sector tourism stakeholders to develop practical solutions that maximise the benefits and minimise the negative impacts tourism has on destinations. Together with WTTC awards chair Fiona Jeffery and Tensie Whelan of the Rainforest Alliance, Salli – a trained environmental biologist originally from Australia – forms part of a new generation of NGO leaders who prioritize collaboration, rather than condemnation, in working toward a more sustainable tourism.
In this interview, Torben Kaas, co-founder of the Green Keyecolabel, tells us about his experience promoting sustainable tourism among hotels in Denmark and later worldwide. A chemical engineer by training, during 1997 – 2006 Torben helped the Danish Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Association (HORESTA) set up an environmental management system for tourism businesses. This led to the three pillars of the Green Key scheme: environmental management, hard environmental criteria, and environmental training.
In this interview, Echidna Walkabout Wildlife Tours co-founder and marketing director Janine Duffy tells us how the Melbourne-based ecotourism company’s recent responsible tourism award has changed her life and business, lessons she has learned and why social businesses are the way of the future.
Travel and tourism professionals from around the world are headed to Madrid for the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Annual Summit next week. This event is not just for sales and networking, but also to celebrate the winners of the leading accolade in responsible and sustainable tourism – the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. In this interview, Fiona Jeffery, award chair, shares her tourism and sustainability story – how it all started, and why she has recently moved from head of WTM to leading the water conservation charity Just a Drop.