This interview with Karma Tshering about sustainable tourism development in Bhutan is part of a special series featuring board members of the recently founded Asian Ecotourism Network. A sustainability and resource management expert, Karma introduces us to his projects and research in Bhutan, how tourism affects the country’s Gross National Happiness, and how the practice of “high value, low volume” has shaped Bhutan’s tourism policy.
In this interview, Tony Charters, Founding Director of Ecotourism Australia, discusses sustainable tourism development in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. As board member of the Asian Ecotourism Network, he offers his view on the organization’s challenges and opportunities.
This interview with Susan Santos de Cardenas of the Philippines is the first of a series featuring board members of the recently founded Asian Ecotourism Network. A sustainability and ecotourism champion, Susan shares with us her view on the current state of sustainable tourism in the Philippines, what motivated her to establish The Coron Initiative, and the main challenges regarding the sustainable development of tourism in a country known for its many paradise-like islands.
True to our mission to connect sustainable tourism thinkers, shakers and doers, today’s expert interview is with Anna Pollock, founder of the Conscious Travel website and movement. Anna Pollock’s thoughts on the future of (sustainable) tourism are a wake-up call which might be uncomfortable to some ears, but inevitable nevertheless. In this interview, she shares with us her perspective on tourism and sustainability and the professional insight she has gained from her role at Conscious Travel.
Future priorities in sustainable tourism and the origins of ecotourism are two of the topics discussed in our interview with Martha Honey of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) in the USA. Martha tells us how she went from skeptic to ecotourism convert and how CREST is “transforming the way the world travels.”