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.
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.