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.
Responsible Tourism without Professor Harold Goodwin, would be like the peace movement without leaders like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi. Harold Goodwin’s conferences, research and writing have become crucial instruments for making sure that those in charge of travel companies and tourist destinations won’t forget their social and environmental responsibilities when dreaming up new ways of making money. In this interview, Harold Goodwin tells us how it all started and how his views on sustainable – responsible – tourism have changed over the years.
For today’s interview with sustainable tourism thinkers, shakers and doers, we take you to Vienna, Austria. Meet Dagmar Lund-Durlacher, a leading academic at Vienna’s MODUL University, well-known for her work as chair of the BEST Education Network, an international initiative dedicated to building excellence in sustainable tourism teaching and education. She shares with us her insights on sustainable tourism and related issues, based on her current responsibility and professional background.
What a privilege and pleasure it has been to stay with Steve Noakes in his beautiful home in Lamington National Park (Queensland, Australia) – a stone’s throw away from iconic Binna Burra eco-lodge. Steve is among the very few sustainable tourism professionals who have been involved internationally and across the bench long enough to have an extremely comprehensive understanding of the sustainable tourism field, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
Interview with Susanne Becken, Professor of Tourism at Griffith University in Australia, on how her view on sustainability and tourism has changed over the years, how climate change will affect tourism and what her most recent book, Tourism and Oil, is all about.