Interview with Susanne Becken, Professor of Tourism at Griffith University in Australia, on how her view on sustainability and tourism has changed over the years, how climate change will affect tourism and what her most recent book, Tourism and Oil, is all about.
Having introduced Eddie Ramirez in our case study on sustainability at Casa Sol Bed and Breakfast in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in this interview Eddie shares with us key insights from his remarkable career: A truly inspiring story of a professional who followed his ambitions and dreams while staying true to his convictions. He also tells us about Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico, the first hotel to get an ecolabel and now has the Green Globe and Green Key labels as well.
From the giant Marina Bay Sands towers in Singapore to the small suburban Great Ponsonby B&B in Auckland, New Zealand, hardly any hotel today is without its sustainability initiatives. Challenges, however, are location-specific and vary greatly. In this case study, Eddie Ramirez takes us on a tour around Casa Sol, a small boutique Bed and Breakfast located in a renovated 200-year-old building, right in the historic center of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico.
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.
Most successful hotels now embrace sustainability – in one way or another. Few, however, manage to implement environmental and social best practices and at the same time provide the high standards and comfort which sets a hotel apart from the omnipresent Airbnb hosts. Opened in 2010, 89-room boutique hotel Inspira Santa Marta in Lisbon, Portugal, ticks all the boxes. In this case study, hotel manager Nicolas Roucos tells us why and how the four-star boutique accommodation put sustainability at the core of the hotel’s strategy and operations.