Sustainable Tourism Consulting

You are clear about the “why” and the “what” of sustainability, but not sure about the “how”?

Perhaps you are already engaged with sustainability but keen to take it a step further, towards regenerative tourism? Or you are looking for new ideas, an innovation boost?

At Sustainability Leaders United we are happy to help you find the right coach or advisor. Below our list of hand-picked consultants who are well respected among the community and whom we have interviewed as part of our champions and changemaker series.

You’d like a personal introduction or need help identifying the right person for your needs? Please get in touch.

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Curious what leading tourism consultants think about sustainability, and how they help businesses and destinations succeed? Find out in our interview portraits. Contact us if you’d like a personal introduction.

Florian Kaefer on Sustainability Leadership in Tourism

Meet Florian Kaefer: discover his motivations, experiences and priorities in our in-depth interview, check out his sustainability leadership publications and consulting, or book him as a speaker for your event.

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Melissa Foley on Developing Meaningful Travel Experiences

Melissa Foley on the benefits of certification programs and the need for greater collaboration within tourism to develop sustainable tourism practices.

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Marcus Curcija on the Importance of Measuring and Communicating Impact for Sustainable Development Success

Marcus Curcija on how to address the UN sustainable development goals and achieve better outcomes for communities through data visualisation and impact assessment.

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Shoba Mohan on Promoting Sustainable Hospitality and Conscious Luxury Travel in India

Shoba Mohan of RARE India shares how she champions conscious luxury travel and sustainable hospitality on the subcontinent.

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Christian Baumgartner on Sustainable Tourism Research, Leaders and Challenges in the European Alps

Christian Baumgartner shares how he got involved with sustainable tourism research and consulting, which challenges the European Alps are currently facing and which businesses and destinations in the region are championing sustainability.

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Elisa Spampinato on Community-Based Tourism in Brazil and Coping with the Pandemic

Elisa Spampinato on community-based tourism in Brazil and how travel businesses, communities and destinations are coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Audrey Scott on Sustainable Tourism Development Strategies and the Role of Social Media Influencers Post-COVID-19

Audrey Scott of Uncornered Market shares her thoughts on sustainable tourism development strategies and the role of social media influencers in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Anne de Jong on Responsible Tour Operators and How to Mainstream Sustainable Travel

Anne de Jong shares how tour operators are embracing sustainability and how she helps contribute towards a more responsible travel industry.

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Lisa Choegyal on How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Testing the Sustainability of Tourism in Nepal

Lisa Choegyal discusses how the coronavirus pandemic is challenging tourism in Nepal but also presenting a unique opportunity to promote sustainability and responsible travel.

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Roi Ariel on How the GSTC Supports Sustainable Tourism Development and Which Destinations are Leading in Sustainability

Roi Ariel of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council explains why sustainable travel should be a top priority, especially in cities, and shares examples of destinations in Asia doing wonders with their sustainability practices.

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Anna Spenceley on How Sustainable Tourism Is Changing and How to Measure Success

Anna Spenceley in this interview shares insights from her work as sustainable tourism consultant and her experiences of helping organisations, destinations and tourism businesses around the world to become more sustainable.

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Jeremy Sampson on How to Address the Invisible Burden of Tourism on Communities and the Environment

Jeremy Sampson of the Travel Foundation illustrates how we can reduce the invisible burden of traditional forms of tourism, and how locals and the environment can benefit from sustainable tourism.

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Muna Haddad on Strengthening Local Economies in Jordan through Community-Based Tourism

How Muna Haddad works towards helping local communities benefit from the visitor economy of a booming Jordan tourism, by setting up rural businesses.

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Jeremy Smith On Responsible Travel, Sustainable Tourism and the Climate Emergency

Jeremy Smith discusses how small but significant changes in the way we travel can bring positive influence and a transformative change at a time when the climate emergency is getting more serious.

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Kirsi Hyvaerinen on Accountability and How to Keep Promises in Tourism

Kirsi Hyvaerinen reflects on her many years of experience working at the coalface of sustainable tourism, illustrates how sustainability has moved from niche subject to mainstream concern and emphasizes the importance of accountability and transparency.

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Nicolas Dubrocard On Wildlife Tourism and Elephant Camps in South East Asia

Nicolas Dubrocard in this interview takes us behind the scenes of elephant camps and wildlife tourism in South East Asia. Learn why elephant camps are not per se bad, and how to choose the right one for enriching encounters.

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Christof Burgbacher on Why Social Sustainability Matters in Tourism and How the Sector Can Benefit

Christof Burgbacher in this interview discusses the importance of social sustainability and shares his experience of working with a leading sustainable hotel company in Costa Rica. Also: the current state of tourism sustainability in Morocco - the challenges and opportunities.

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Potjana Suansri on How to Succeed with Community-Based Tourism

Potjana Suansri on how to succeed with community-based tourism, offering insights and learnings from her work in Thailand, Myanmar and The Gambia.

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Willy Legrand on Hotels, Sustainability and the Future of the Hospitality Business

Meet Professor Dr. Willy Legrand: discover his motivations, experiences and priorities in our in-depth interview, check out his sustainable hospitality research and publications, or book him as a speaker for your event.

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Vicky Smith on Responsible Tourism, Entrepreneurship and How (Not) to Communicate Sustainability

Vicky Smith: responsible tourism networker and entrepreneur by heart. In this interview, learn about her new initiative Earth Changers, what she thinks about the current state of tourism sustainability and how to use social media and influencers for better tourism business and destination marketing.

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Domenico Saladino on Tourism Sustainability Certifications and Smart Hotel Management in Switzerland

Domenico Saladino, hotel sustainability advisor and certification specialist, in this interview shares tips on how to run a hotel sustainably, explains how sustainability certifications work and shares his views on the broader trends likely to impact the hotel business in Switzerland.

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Evarist March Sarlat on Working with Top Chefs and What Makes a Great Tour Guide

Evarist March Sarlat of NaturalWalks in Catalonia, Spain, on what makes a great tour guide, why tour guides are so important for promoting a more sustainable tourism and how he is working with world's best chefs to raise awareness about the edible treasures hidden around us, in nature.

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Silvia Barbone on EU Policy and Funding for Sustainable Tourism

Silvia Barbone of JLag in this interview discusses the sometimes difficult but important task of securing adequate funding for sustainable tourism projects, with a focus on Europe and European Union policies and regulations.

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Maja Vanmierlo on the Importance of Tour Guides as Responsible Tourism Facilitators

Tour guides are often overlooked in the discussion about how we can promote and ensure a more sustainable tourism industry and responsible tourism practices. Maja Čampelj of G-Guides in Slovenia is on a mission to change this.

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Felipe Vera Soto on the Current State of Sustainable Tourism in Chile

Felipe Vera Soto in this interview introduces us to sustainable tourism initiatives in Chile and explains how the award-winning community of Natales in Southern Chile approaches destination sustainability.

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Benjamin Lephilibert On Hotels, Food Waste and Other Sustainability Challenges

Benjamin Lephilibert wasn't always into sustainability, but things changed when he took on a position at a hotel in Bangkok. Since then he's been on a mission to help hotels become more sustainable, an despecially to reduce their food waste. More in this interview.

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Marina Novelli on Tourism Development in Africa and Beyond: Challenges and Opportunities

Marina Novelli, Professor of Tourism and International Development at the University of Brighton in the UK, in this interview shares her thoughts on the current state of (sustainable) tourism development in Africa, the issue of overtourism and other topics in need of investigation.

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Joao Ministro on Tourism Sustainability and Regional Development in the Algarve, Portugal

Joao Ministro in this interview shares his experience of working in rural development and responsible tourism in the Algarve region of Portugal.

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Ross Dowling on Geotourism, the Cruise Industry and Sustainable Destination Development

Ross Dowling, Foundation Professor of Tourism at Edith Cowan University in Australia, shares his thoughts on geotourism, the cruise industry and destination sustainability.

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Marta Mills on Destination Management, Marketing and Sustainable Tourism in the Caucasus

Marta Mills in this interview discusses destination management, marketing and sustainable tourism challenges in the Caucasus region, especially Georgia.

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Karmen Mentil on Sustainable Mobility and Responsible Tourism in the European Alps

Karmen Mentil, Director of Alpine Pearls, in this interview shares her experience of developing, managing and marketing sustainable tourist destinations in the European Alps.

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Judy Kepher-Gona on Africa Tourism Business, Destinations and Sustainability

Judy Kepher-Gona in this interview shares her experience as ecotourism consultant and tourism business advisor in Kenya, Africa. Learn about destination sustainability challenges, how to engage business and political leaders, and why destination marketing and branding can both promote and inhibit sustainable tourism.

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Jana Apih of GoodPlace on Sustainable Tourism in Slovenia

Jana Apih of GoodPlace in Ljubljana discusses the sustainable tourism strategy of Slovenia and how the country has become a leading sustainable destination.

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Julien Buot on Responsible Tourism Development in France

Julien Buot of French organisation Agir pour un Tourisme Responsable (ATR) discusses responsible tourism actors, initiatives and trends in France. Learn which French destinations lead in sustainability.

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Tricia Barnett on Human Rights and Equality in Tourism

Tricia Barnett in this interview reflects on her many years of work experience with Tourism Concern, dedicated to campaigning for human rights and gender equality in tourism.

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Mariana Madureira on Sustainable Tourism Entrepreneurship in Brazil

Mariana Madureira in this interview shares her experience as social entrepreneur in Brazil, and reflects on the country's tourism sustainability challenges.

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Carole Favre on How to Succeed as Sustainable Tourism Entrepreneur

Meet Carole Favre, sustainable tourism advisor and facilitator. Learn about her hopes and challenges and why, despite serious setbacks, she has never given up to believe in the future and to realize her dreams.

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Angelique Tonnaer Kırkıl on Tourism Sustainability in Turkey

Angelique Tonnaer Kırkıl on the Travelife sustainability management scheme, working with hotels in Antalya, and the main tourism sustainability challenges Turkey faces as tourist destination.

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Hitesh Mehta on Holistic Architecture, Ecolodge Design and Tourism Sustainability

Hitesh Mehta, world-renown Kenyan landscape architect and landscape designer, on holistic architecture, ecolodge design and tourism sustainability.

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Shannon Guihan on Tourism Sustainability and How to Avoid Destination Overcrowding

Shannon Guihan on tourism sustainability in Canada and the USA, and how to deal with destination overcrowding.

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Kelly Bricker on Ecotourism Challenges and Opportunities

Kelly Bricker shares her thoughts on tourism, sustainability and reflects on her work with The International Ecotourism Society (TIES).

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Richard Hammond on How to Communicate Responsible Tourism and Sustainability

Richard Hammond, CEO of Greentraveller, tells us about his website, media consultancy, and shares his thoughts on communicating sustainability.

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Rebecca Hawkins on Sustainable Hotels and Responsible Hospitality

From education to business consulting, Rebecca Hawkins has been helping shape the sustainable tourism industry for almost twenty years.

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Peter Richards on Responsible Tourism and Community Development in Asia

Peter Richards tells us how he helped to develop community-based, responsible tourism in Myanmar and Thailand.

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Ary Suhandi on Ecotourism Development in Indonesia

Ary Suhandi, Executive Director of the Indonesian Ecotourism Network (INDECON), shares his insights on tourism development in Indonesia.

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Ariane Janer on Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism in Brazil

Ariane Janer, co-founder of GEN, EcoBrasil and owner of Bromelia, shares her insights on sustainable tourism, conservation and ecotourism in Brazil.

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Gracie Geikie on Ecotourism in Malaysian Borneo

Gracie Geikie in this interview discusses the current state of ecotourism development in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo and the wider South-East Asia region.

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Karma Tshering on Sustainable Tourism in Bhutan

Karma Tshering discusses sustainable tourism in Bhutan and how tourism and sustainability impact the country's Gross National Happiness.

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Tony Charters on Ecotourism in Australia

Tony Charters, Founding Director of Ecotourism Australia, discusses sustainable tourism development in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region.

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Susan Santos de Cárdenas on Sustainable Tourism Developments in the Philippines

Susan Santos de Cárdenas, Asian Ecotourism Network, on sustainable tourism in the Philippines and the tourism strategy of the The Coron Initiative.

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Anna Pollock on Conscious Travel and Sustainable Tourism

Anna Pollock in this interview talks about her website Conscious Travel, the current state of sustainable tourism and the challenges that lie ahead.

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Martha Honey on Responsible Travel and Tourism Sustainability in the USA

Interview with Martha Honey on her work at the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) in the USA and sustainable tourism priorities.

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Paul Rogers on Sustainable Tourism Development in Myanmar

Tourism consultant Paul Rogers shares his thoughts on the sustainable tourism development in Myanmar and reflects on his professional journey.

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John Elkington, Founder of SustainAbility and Volans

Few professional stories are as intriguing as that of sustainable business 'guru' John Elkington, founder of SustainAbility & Volans. More in this interview.

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Nuria Chacón Martínez about Ecotourism in Cuenca, Spain

Creating your own company following your passion for environmental science isn’t easy, explains Nuria Chacón in this interview. Learn how, together with her partner Alberto González, she is promoting ecotourism in Cuenca, Spain.

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Tomás Azcárate about Responsible Tourism in Spain

Tomás Azcárate of the Responsible Tourism Institute in Spain (Instituto de Turismo Responsable) reflects on sustainable tourism development and key players.

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Daniel Frey on Green Growth in Tourism and Sustainable Hospitality

Hospitality consultant Daniel Frey shares useful tips in this interview: such as how to choose the right tourism sustainability certification.

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Louise Twining-Ward on Destination Sustainability and Sustainable Travel

Meet Louise Twining-Ward, former CEO of Sustainable Travel International. Learn about destination sustainability challenges and solutions, and her key professional insights from her long career dedicated to sustainable tourism advocacy.

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Guillaume Cromer on Sustainable Tourism in France

Guillaume Cromer, Managing Director of ID Tourism consultancy discusses sustainability trends and sustainable tourism development in France.

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Antonio Abreu, Scientific Advisor UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Príncipe Island

In our first sustainable tourism leadership story linked to the destination of Príncipe, Antonio Abreu, tells us how this remote island in West Africa became a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and how the relationship between hosts and tourists impacts a destination.

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Heidi van der Watt on Better Tourism in South Africa

Interview with responsible tourism expert Heidi van der Watt on better, sustainable tourism in South Africa: sustainability initiatives, trends, challenges.

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Steve Noakes on Sustainable Tourism in Asia Pacific

Meet Steve Noakes: a leading sustainable tourism professional with a very comprehensive understanding of sustainable tourism in Asia Pacific.

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Stewart Moore of EarthCheck on Tourism Sustainability in Australia

Stewart Moore in this interview gives an inside view into EarthCheck certification and shares his thoughts on the state of sustainable tourism in Australia.

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Vicente Ferreyra Acosta on Tourism Sustainability in Mexico

In this interview with Vicente Ferreyra Acosta of SustenTur, learn about sustainable tourism developments in Latin America and useful advice for more tourism sustainability in Mexico.

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Masaru Takayama about Ecotourism and Tourism Sustainability in Asia

Meet Masaru Takayama, founder of the Asian Ecotourism Network, the Japan Ecolodge Association and owner of Kyoto-based travel agency Spirit of Japan.

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Brian Mullis, Founder of Sustainable Travel International

Brian Mullis, founder of Sustainable Travel International in this interview reflects on the over 13 years he dedicated to promoting sustainability across the tourism value chain. He shares his unique and profound perspectives on sustainable tourism, the success stories and challenges.

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Rachel Dodds on Sustainable Tourism in Canada

Interview with Rachel Dodds, sustainable tourism consultant, researcher and Associate Professor at Ryerson University (Ted Rogers School of Management) in Toronto, Canada, where she directs the Hospitality and Tourism Research Institute.

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Salli Felton of The Travel Foundation, United Kingdom

Today, meet Salli Felton, CEO of the Travel Foundation, an independent charity that brings together public, private and third sector tourism stakeholders to develop practical solutions that maximise the benefits and minimise the negative impacts tourism has on destinations.

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Natalia Naranjo on Tourism Sustainability in Colombia and Canada

In this interview, sustainable tourism consultant and university lecturer Natalia Naranjo shares her experience and thoughts on the current state of sustainability in travel and tourism in Latin America, why she decided to represent Colombia in the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and what Colombia can learn from Canada.

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D’Arcy Dornan on Tourism and Sustainability in Brazil

In this interview, D’Arcy Dornan, sustainability and tourism teacher, researcher and consultant, shares his thoughts and expertise on sustainable tourism in Brazil and beyond.

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Valere Tjolle, Sustainable Tourism Editor at TravelMole

In this interview, TravelMole sustainable tourism editor Valere Tjolle shares his story of almost 50 years in the tourism business. He also reflects on tourism, sustainability initiatives and why so much still needs to be done.

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