This interview with Susan Santos de Cardenas of the Philippines is the first of a series featuring board members of the recently founded Asian Ecotourism Network. A sustainability and ecotourism champion, Susan shares with us her view on the current state of sustainable tourism in the Philippines, what motivated her to establish The Coron Initiative, and the main challenges regarding the sustainable development of tourism in a country known for its many paradise-like islands.
It is a true honor to be able to share with you this short interview with Professor Jafar Jafari, whose pioneering work has been crucial for establishing tourism as respected academic discipline in its own right. Jafar Jafari is Professor of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, founder of the academic journal Annals of Tourism Research of which he was the Editor-in-Chief for 35 years and the International Academy for the Study of Tourism. He is also the recipient of the 2005 UNWTO Ulysses Award.
For development pros, Myanmar is among the hottest places to be. Because the country has been closed off for so long, the potential for tourism is immense. In this interview, sustainable tourism consultant Paul Rogers tells us what got him interested in this topic, explores the challenges of tourism consulting at a high level and shares his experience from working in Myanmar, and proposes two books you should definitely read.
Professor Geoffrey Lipman, is one of those people whose professional experience and biography are more suited for a book than a single interview. His story is certainly among the most intriguing we have come across so far in our interview series. A “Creative Disruption Architect”, Geoffrey Lipman has held many position, been at the helm of some of tourism’s most reputable organizations, and judging by his enthusiasm for Green Growth and the SUN project, there is no end in sight for his career as a facilitator and entrepreneur.
The United Nations are about to update their Millennium Development Goals. In this guest post, Asia-Pacific sustainable tourism development expert Steve Noakes explains which of the new Sustainable Development Goals are particularly important in the tourism context. He analyzes the effects of tourism on various cultural and environmental indicators such as Tourism & Conflicts, Tourism & Peace, and Tourism & Climate Changes in Small Island Development (SIDS). He concludes that sustainable tourism can – and, in fact must – contribute to each of the 17 new SDGs.
Just as we finished jotting down our reflections on the Gringo Trails documentary about the impact of tourism around the world, another documentary, Bye Bye Barcelona, appeared, claiming that citizens of Barcelona, the much loved Catalan capital, are increasingly disenchanted by the city’s tourism success. The problem? With tourism in Barcelona booming, the industry has become so dominant it risks stifling the ordinary, everyday life in the city’s heart. A city loved to the extent of extinction?