What makes the Sustainability Leaders Project unique? What benefits does it offer? Here testimonials from some of the sustainable tourism champions and changemakers whom we have interviewed:

“The Sustainability Leaders Project is definitely one of the strong initiatives needed to assist with futureproofing all remote tourism operations, for people and organisations to collaborate, learn from each other and pool resources to make a real difference.”

Les Carlisle, &Beyond

“Sharing best practices and knowledge is an essential element to boost sustainable transformation and engage more businesses and destinations to follow this path. ETC highly values your inspiring work to create a network of sustainable leaders gathering all changemakers and I am personally delighted to have a chance to share our work and contribute with my views!”

Eduardo Santander, Executive Director, CEO European Travel Commission

“To give a platform to anyone who is contributing to more sustainable and more flourishing destinations is very valuable. Every new vision which contributes to a better industry and a better world, needs pioneers. The Sustainability Leaders Projects inspires and broadens the network of engaged people.”

Peter de Wilde, CEO VisitFlanders

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“I’m honoured to be included in this hall of amazing people and hope that together we can make real differences in our own circles.  It’s a real encouragement to see so many people sacrificing to make the world better.”

Shannon Stowell, Adventure Travel Trade Association

Amran Hamzah“The Sustainability Leaders Project is an excellent platform for sustainable tourism champions to share their knowledge and experience in an informal and yet informative medium. The interview format allows for the sustainable tourism leaders to share their insights and even candid views as we search for novel solutions to long standing as well as emerging issues. What I like most about the format and questions posed is that they are thought provoking and yet grounded in pragmatism and hope.”

Amran Hamzah, Ph.D, Malaysia

Theodota Nantsou“The stories and testimonials presented through the SLP spark hope that human ingenuity, coupled with good intentions is an endless source of solutions to the global environmental crisis. Very well presented and easy to read, not filled with the usual technical jargon but narrated in words that come from the heart of the sustainability leaders, SLP is a pool of valuable knowledge on how to build living economies.”

Theodota Nantsou, Greece

Vikneswaran Nair“This is an excellent project to pool all of the experts in one platform. These experts can jointly collaborate to contribute more effectively in making this world more sustainable. Every destination has unique challenges and no one approach can solve these issues. Hence, only through smart collaboration can we be more effective in sharing our expertise globally (thinking globally but acting locally).”

Vik Nair, The Bahamas

Kathleen Pessolano interview“The Sustainability Leaders Project is a valuable voice in the responsible tourism discussion. I read its incisive interviews and articles to learn about good practice examples, stay informed about colleagues’ work, and even find potential partners and collaborators.”

Kathleen Pessolano, USA

Anna Alaman, Open Eyes Project“The Sustainability Leaders Project is one of these places where you feel proud to be part of it when you are selected. Some of the “gurus” in sustainability are featured here. It is a space to share experiences, learn from each other and to grow our responsible tourism network.”

Anna Alaman, India

Jonathon Day interview“The Sustainability Leaders Project is incredibly important. First – it is inspirational! The stories of each of these leaders serve as an incredible testimony to what can be done. Secondly – it shines a light on the thinkers and doers and shows a global community of like-minded people. So many advocates of sustainable tourism work in their own fields – unaware of the other “fellow travellers” facing similar issues. SLP proves that no one is alone as they work to promote sustainability in the tourism system.”

Jonathon Day, USA

James Crockett Jus Sail interviewIt is great to have this resource to come to for inspiration and to reinforce your knowledge of others working towards sustainability within the travel industry. So many champions doing great work go unnoticed and it is helpful that some of the hardest working and most passionate devotees to this mission get highlighted here and their work and insights shared.

James Crockett, St Lucia

Ary Suhandi interview“Simple and inspiring. Stories from inspiring people are very important. Considering all the negative events and actions in the world, we need to make people understand that there are still people with integrity and high spirits in keeping the world in good shape and harmony. I think it is our responsibility to spread news about these people to the global society; to inspire people to do the same in their own league, no matter how small it is.”

Ary Suhandi, Indonesia

Palitha Gurusinghe interview“I think the work you are doing under the Sustainability Leaders Project is great! Highlighting sustainability leadership examples across the world is a great contribution. The interviews with key players in the sustainable tourism world are a great source of inspiration to the leaders in the tourism industry. Reading through the interviews one can learn very interesting and valuable facets about the sustainable tourism world.”

Palitha Gurusinghe, Sri Lanka


Karma Tshering interview“The Sustainability Leaders Project is a great platform to provide inspiration and give impetus to spreading sustainable tourism. Through its networking it is able to solicit information from experienced and visionary individuals and advocate it to strengthen the understanding and applications of sustainable tourism. This is truly a noble initiative and commitment from the team. Your efforts are highly commendable.”

Karma Tshering, Bhutan

Steve Noakes interview“The Sustainability Leaders project fills a gap. It gives travellers, businesses, policy makers, students, NGOs, development agencies and others who might be interested, the opportunity to get an insight into ‘how’ and ‘what’ experienced players in the sustainable tourism field have done or are doing.”

Steve Noakes, Australia