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.
In this interview, sustainable tourism consultant and university lecturer Natalia Naranjo shares her experience and thoughts on the current state of sustainability in travel and tourism in Latin America, why she decided to represent Colombia in the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and what Colombia can learn from Canada.
Here’s our interview with Megan Epler Wood. We can’t help but marvel at the amount and quality of initiatives and programs that have evolved under Megan’s leadership – including The International Ecotourism Society, and more recently, the very promising International Sustainable Tourism Initiative at Harvard.
Today we take you to good old Europe, the “mother ship” of sustainable tourism. All our experts featured so far mention Europe as the region in the world with most commitment to sustainability in (tourism) business and development. Green Key is one of the most recognized sustainable tourism certification schemes in Europe and particularly strong in the Netherlands. But why? We asked Erik van Dijk, Dutch Green Key and Blue Flag national operator and former Green Key International coordinator. Here are his answers.
Sustainable tourism is all about providing healthy, quality accommodation and travel experiences. But how do you achieve sustainability at a hotel level? In this interview, Madeline Svelti Diaz, Hygiene and Quality Manager at Dreams Palm Beach Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, shares her sustainability story including her experience with the Rainforest Alliance verification process.