Welcome to Príncipe, a Biosphere destination in Western Africa committed to sustainable tourism development. This is the first of a series of articles on the little-known African country of São Tomé and Príncipe, a former Portuguese colony comprised of two islands that visited as part of our Sustainability Leaders Grand Tour in September 2015. Over the coming weeks, we will tell you the stories of those involved in developing and managing Príncipe as tourist destination and share information on what it takes to develop an island sustainably.
As much as sustainable tourism requires entrepreneurial spirit and commitment bottom up, it also needs leadership and support from the top. In this interview, Nada Roudies, shares her thoughts and professional insights gained as General Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism in Morocco. Nada represents a new generation of women leaders in a country eager to leave its mark internationally in the area of sustainable tourism development.
Lagging leadership on the political front of course doesn’t mean that you can’t find exceptional examples of best practice in sustainability, or inspiring stories of responsible tourism. During our five weeks traveling through Queensland, Australia’s “Sunshine State” with the support of Greyhound Australia, we had the chance to visit and review about a dozen hotels, tours and destinations. Here are the stories of the Queensland sustainable tourism businesses, destinations and practitioners which impressed us the most.
Few sustainable tourism leadership stories are as inspiring as the one of Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort in Queensland, Australia. Intrigued by how much is possible if one man has a vision and follows it through, we were curious to learn more about the person “in charge” on that tiny island located at the southernmost end of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Meet Peter Gash, managing director and leaseholder of Lady Elliot Island, chief pilot and aviation engineer.
Among sustainable tourism and responsible travel professionals, Professor Harold Goodwin, doesn’t need much of an introduction. Equally well known is his latest book titled Taking Responsibility for Tourism (Goodfellow Publishers, 2011), about the globally vital necessity of realising sustainable tourism. For those of you not familiar with the book, here is a short introduction and summary of key points.