An oasis of tranquility founded by five friends 30 years ago, Lurdeia Casa Rural is a pioneer in ecotourism and organic farming in the Basque Country. This rural home is a great example of how a local business can balance nature and economic development, combining the benefits of sustainable development, eco-certification and environmental education. Josu tells us how it all began.
Agroturismo Arkaia is a shining example of sustainability leadership in the Basque Country, excelling in accessible tourism. Just outside the city borders of Vitoria-Gasteiz and part of the city’s impressive Anillo Verde (Green Belt), the skillfully renovated farmhouse Agroturismo Arkaia is the work of Ángeles Arroyo Sánchez and her family. In this interview, Ángeles discusses their road to certification and why eco-certification should be a goal for all tourism businesses.
Community tourism in Nicaragua is the topic of this article by Tracy Johnson, whose website Green Nica aims to showcase products and businesses in a region under significant pressure to diversify its economic activities and to become more resilient against global economic market dynamics. As Tracy reports, a focus on sustainability and community tourism in Northern Nicaragua has helped local communities cope with the Coffee Crisis and provided a much brighter future for coming generations.
Omali Lodge is the intriguing story of a hotel whose dedication to sustainability and best practice isn´t hampered by a lack of awareness in its immediate surroundings. The lodge was our first stop during our destination visit of São Tomé and Príncipe, and our first hotel experience in Africa.
In this interview with Marni Barnett of Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Cairns, Australia, find out how this award-winning ecotourism operator and sustainable tourism business is using education and training for contributing to a healthy, sustainable and thus competitive destination.