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.
For this week’s Sustainability Leaders interview we take you to France, the world’s most visited country and a region with tremendous potential for sustainable and responsible tourism – despite recent attempts to force its population into a state of fear. As a multi-cultural nation with a long colonial history, France faces many challenges. As a destination, its future is in the hands of entrepreneurial leaders who appreciate change as an opportunity to do better rather than a threat to let go: Meet Guillaume Cromer, Managing Director of ID Tourism consultancy.
In our first sustainable tourism leadership story linked to the destination of Príncipe, Antonio Abreu, tells us how this remote island in West Africa became a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and how the relationship between hosts and tourists impacts a destination.
With regards to responsible, sustainable – better – tourism, South Africa has been on our radar for a long time. And while our destination visit of São Tomé and Príncipe this September will give us a first taste of Africa, next year’s Grand Tour will give us the chance to get to know the continent better (Botswana confirmed, expressions of interest welcome). In this interview, you’ll meet Heidi van der Watt, founder and director of Better Tourism Africa, a lady seriously committed to boosting South Africa’s responsible tourism credentials.
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.