Interview with Justin Francis on Responsible Travel and Tourism

Interview with Justin Francis on Responsible Travel and Tourism

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.

Interview with Masaru Takayama, Founding Chair Asian Ecotourism Network

Interview with Masaru Takayama, Founding Chair Asian Ecotourism Network

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.

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