The 2016 National Geographic World Legacy Awards were one of the undisputed highlights of ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel fair and tourism convention. We had the pleasure to get to know some of the award winners during ITB Berlin, a convention more than ever committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible travel business and experiences. Here is a brief summary of the sustainable tourism highlights and award winners…
This interview with London-based John Elkington, among world’s leading sustainability and business thinkers and advisers, is the first of a series of interviews with sustainability change-makers not directly related to tourism. The series is a response to those rightly complaining about too much ‘silo think’ in tourism, and not enough interaction with the broader sustainability agenda. This interview offers great insight into the connection between best business practices and sustainability.
As Mark Twain said, “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” While the 2016 TIES Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) took place a while ago, the impacts of the important synergies and connections continue to grow and spread, like a ripple effect. To explore this further, Deby Stabler takes us on a virtual trip around North America – from Canada all the way to Mexico – to explore how conferences shape our journey.
For a view of sustainable tourism from an innovator in the private sector, we bring you this interview with Ignasi Uñó Pérez, CEO and Co-founder of Twentytú Hi-tech Hostel Barcelona, a hotel certified by Biosphere and part of the Barcelona Sustainable Tourism network. Ignasi tells us, among other things, why the hostel management decided to be certified by Biosphere and the anticipated benefits, his opinion on the hotel moratorium implemented by the city’s new Lord Mayor, and which are the major challenges that Barcelona faces as tourist destination.
Park Güell is a tourist attraction wandering and struggling between the benefits and issues brought by mass tourism in Barcelona. During the Grand Tour 2015, we visited Barcelona and had the opportunity to talk with Mayra Nieto Magaldi, Park Güell’s Sales, Marketing and Customer Service Manager, who told us about the new regulation model implemented to conserve this important tourist and cultural enclave, guaranteeing not only the quality of the tourists’ visit, but also maintaining it as a place for neighbors and citizens to enjoy for leisure and everyday use.