With more than 15 years of experience in the development of tourism projects, Vicente Ferreyra Acosta is an expert worth listening to. He has worked for various conservation organizations, including WWF Mexico and Amigos de Sian Ka’an. In this interview, Vicente recalls his best experiences, shares his opinion over the current state of sustainable tourism in Mexico, and explains to us how the sustainable tourism agenda will evolve over the coming years.
- What brought Vicente to the topic of sustainability in tourism;
- The current state of tourism sustainability in Mexico;
- Trends likely to affect the sustainable tourism agenda;
- Why Vicente started his company, SustenTur;
- How to measure the success of sustainable tourism initiatives.
Vicente, do you remember the first time you heard of the concept of sustainability? What was your initial reaction?
Yes, it must have been in 1996 or 1997 when I began my bachelor’s degree in Tourism in Mexico City. At the beginning, like most of the terms you hear when you are studying, ‘sustainability’ seemed a little vague. Even after studying it in more detail and hearing about it in various forums and conferences, up to a few years ago it was difficult to find practical examples of the application of sustainability, especially in the tourism sector.
Now, in mid-2015, what has changed?
Many things. Now there is a more robust framework for sustainability, a commitment from the private sector and public institutions. Many organizations work on the issue, and proactive communities show that new models of development are possible.
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