In this interview with Marni Barnett of Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Cairns, Australia, find out how this award-winning ecotourism operator and sustainable tourism business is using education and training for contributing to a healthy, sustainable and thus competitive destination.
Kauahi Ngapora, Director of award-winning ecotourism tour operator Whale Watch Kaikoura in New Zealand, on sustainable tourism and taking responsibility.
Whale Watch Hervey Bay in Queensland, Australia is a great example of accessible and responsible tourism, showing how a small, family-owned ecotourism operator can make big waves, and lead sustainability practices, thanks to the commitment of Brian and Jill.
By far the most intriguing – and sometimes surprising – part of our interviews with sustainable tourism thinkers, shakers and doers is how their personal and professional experiences have influenced their views on sustainability and business. Justin Francis, responsible travel entrepreneur and founder of the World Responsible Tourism Awards, is no exception. In this interview, Justin reflects on his professional career, which started in advertising tobacco and sugary cereals but eventually led him to be one of the most influential leaders of and spokespersons for responsible travel and tourism.
Today we take you to Bangkok, Thailand and Kyoto, Japan. Meet Masaru Takayama, owner of Spirit of Japan Travel, ecotravel agency, founder of the Japan Ecolodge Association (2006) and founding chair of the Asian Ecotourism Network. In this interview, Masaru tells us why he believes in the need for a network and platform run by Asians for Asians. He also shares his thoughts on the current state of sustainable tourism in Japan – and the broader Asian continent – and his most memorable moment as site evaluator for the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.