We regularly interview the leading lights, emerging stars and people we think deserve to be better known in sustainable tourism. Read what they had to say here, and dip into some of our favourite interviews from other sites too...
How technology can help reduce a hotel’s environmental impact – Interview with Klaus Fielsch from Finch Bay Galapagos
Klaus Fielsch from Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, NatGeo World Legacy Awards finalist in Earth Changers, speaks about building their own agriculture farm that helps reduce food imports and waste.
Ensuring successful partnerships between guests, local communities and business – Interview with Chaa Creek
We spoke with the Owners of Chaa Creek, Nat Geo World Legacy Award winner in Engaging Communities, about building effective sustainable tourism models.
Cayuga Collection won NatGeo World Legacy Awards in the Earth Changers category. Hans Pfister talks about their approach towards sustainable luxury tourism.
Using a participatory approach to build community-based tourism – Interview with Touch Morn from Chambok Community
Touch Morn from Chambok Community Based Eco-Tourism, finalist of NatGeo World Legacy Awards in Engaging Communities, speaks about their profit-sharing business model.
City of Santa Fe was the winner in the Sense of Place category of the 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Awards hosted at ITB Berlin. We speak with its Executive Director.
Marketing Sustainable Safari Tourism – Interview with Vernon Wait from Lalibela Private Game Reserve.
Des Langkilde, editor at TourismTattler.com interviews Vernon Wait, Marketing Director at Lalibela Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa to find out how a Big-5 game reserve implements sustainable tourism practices and markets these attributes to guests and suppliers.
Creating tourism that meets the community needs – Interview with Lindsey Reding from Andaman Discoveries
Lindsey Reding from Andaman Discoveries, NatGeo World Legacy Award finalist in Engaging Communities, speaks about creating successful community-based tourism.
How to reduce poverty by empowering female entrepreneurs – Interview with Kennedy Leavens from Awamaki
Kennedy Leavens from Awamaki, a finalist of NatGeo World Legacy Awards in the Sense of Place category, talks about building female-driven profitable community-based tourism.
Policies are only as effective as the depth of our belief in them – Interview with Cedar Swan from Adventure Canada
Cedar Swan from Adventure Canada, NatGeo World Legacy Award finalist in the Sense of Place category, talks about creating longstanding relationships with partners and hiring like-minded staff.
Interview with Mark Thornton Safaris, World Legacy Awards finalist in Conserving the Natural World, about experiencing responsible tourism in the wilderness.
PEPY Tours has turned volunteering on its head, so that the emphasis is not what the traveller can do for the host community, but on what they can learn from their visit to take back home. Jeremy Smith speaks with Claire Bennett about its innovative approach.
How a private company conserved Seychelles wildlife – Interview with Bruce Simpson from North Island
North Island won this year’s NatGeo World Legacy Award for Conserving the Natural World. Bruce Simpson shares how they engaged stakeholders in company’s long-term vision.
Tim O’Donoghue from Riverwind Foundation, NatGeo World Legacy Awards finalist in Destination Leadership, speaks about stakeholder education and engagement.
How Segera Retreat applied 4Cs approach to sustainability in luxury tourism – Interview with Jochen Zeitz
Jochen Zeitz from Segera, NatGeo World Legacy Awards finalist in Destination Leadership, talks about achieving a lasting impact on nature and communities.
How Slovenian Tourism made the whole country go green – Interview with Maja Pak from Slovenian Tourist Board
Slovenia Tourism won NatGeo World Legacy Award in Destination Leadership. Maja Pak explains how the whole country got engaged in implementing green policies
James Sutherland, Friends International’s international communications co-ordinator, speaks with Jeremy Smith about the growth of the ChildSafe Movement and its efforts to engage the tourism industry to help protect children.
We spoke with Booking.com’s Wendy van Leeuwen, Program Manager for Booster, about why Booking.com has launched an accelerator programme for sustainable tourism startups, and what teams have the best chance to win
Kei Shibata, CEO of Venture Republic, about content generation and ways in which OTAs can influence travelers decisions on different stages of their journey.
Mario Hardy, CEO of PATA, speaks about the organisation’s commitment to sustainable tourism and what Asia needs to take sustainability to the next level.
Using transformational tourism to deliver authentic CSR (and win lots of awards): interview with Marc Van Loo from Loola Resorts
We speak to the co-founder of award winners Loola Resorts about his approach to running incredibly successful beach tourism holidays where groups of adults and children not only get to play at the beach, they get involved in deeply engaging community outreach programmes too.
Will Control Union shake tourism sustainability certification sector? – Interview with Anne Cobben–Da Costa
We asked Anne Cobben–Da Costa from Control Union Certifications about their motivations for entering the tourism sector and plans for the upcoming months.
Ioannis Pappas speaks with Anula Galewska about challenges of tourism development in Greece and reviews the sustainability efforts of the Greek tourism industry.
The need for sustainability data and new way of communicating it to consumers. Interview with Lonneke de Kort
CEO of hotel booing site BookDifferent.com Lonneke de Kort speaks about the need for authoritative sustainability data and communicating this data in ways that connect with consumers.
Jim Sano, Vice President for Travel, Tourism and Conservation, WWF speaks with Anula Galewska about the partnership between WWF and Royal Caribbean Cruises.
Anula Galewska speaks with Dr. Mihee Kang about the opportunities and challenges of the development of sustainable tourism in Korea.
Rather than recognise companies working in tourism The Blue Yonder Awards are given to remarkable people from the communities who make our holidays special.
In this interview, Susan Santos Cárdenas talks about the situation of tourism in the Philippines and the role of education in sustainable tourism development.
In this interview, Willem Niemeijer talks about the current state of sustainable tourism in Asia and engaging suppliers in a company’s sustainability efforts.
Randy Durband discusses how GSTC is seeking to making the entire tourism supply chain more sustainable, and why we all need to focus on Asia
In the “Inside Science” podcast, Conservation International’s director of data science explains the groundbreaking possibilities of the Resilience Atlas.