For development pros, Myanmar is among the hottest places to be. Because the country has been closed off for so long, the potential for tourism is immense. In this interview, sustainable tourism consultant Paul Rogers tells us what got him interested in this topic, explores the challenges of tourism consulting at a high level and shares his experience from working in Myanmar, and proposes two books you should definitely read.
This interview with London-based John Elkington, among world’s leading sustainability and business thinkers and advisers, is the first of a series of interviews with sustainability change-makers not directly related to tourism. The series is a response to those rightly complaining about too much ‘silo think’ in tourism, and not enough interaction with the broader sustainability agenda. This interview offers great insight into the connection between best business practices and sustainability.
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.
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.
Louise Twining-Ward is one of those people without whom the tourism industry would be much worse off regarding social and environmental practice than it is today. As CEO of Sustainable Travel International, Louise Twining-Ward has helped numerous businesses and destinations embrace the benefits of sustainability as a development strategy. Highly regarded both in academic and practitioner circles, Louise’s professional career is an inspiring example of how women can take the lead and change the game in the mostly conservative, male-dominated tourism business.