“The Future of Tourism” Interview Series

A Road Map to Post-COVID Sustainable Travel and Tourism Revitalization

In this series of audio interviews, PATA explores “The Future of Tourism” through multiple, interrelated sustainability challenges that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. The series includes:

The Invisible Burden of Tourism & Sustainable Financing Megan Epler Wood, Principal of EplerWood International (EWI), examines the importance of sustainable financing for tourism development and discuss the opportunities arising from the Covid-19 crisis to refocus on sustainability and responsible investment for recovery from the pandemic. (Read/Listen More)
Plastics in Tourism:  Virginia Fernández-Trapa, Programme Officer at the Sustainable Development of Tourism Department of UNWTO and Coordinator of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative discusses why it is now more important than ever to proactively tackle the plastics issue in tourism, what are the aims of the GTPI and how will GTPI support the tourism industry to succeed. (Read/Listen More)
Tourism and Habitat Protection: Suwanna Gauntlett, the Founder and CEO of Wildlife Alliance explains the impact of Covid-19 on climate and habitat actions and the direct actions the tourism industry can take to help provide the local people with a sustainable model of income generation while protecting threatened natural habitats. (Read/Listen More)
Gender Inclusive Tourism Development: Sophie Hartman, the Regional Platform Coordinator at the Association of Southeast Asian Social Enterprises for Training in Hospitality & Catering (ASSET-H&C) provides insights on the impact of COVID-19 on women workforce in tourism, particularly those from marginalized communities and how to leverage women skills and empower them to pursue sustainable professions in tourism. (Read/Listen More)
Impact Investing & Clean Technology:  Jason Lusk, the Partnerships and Communications Manager for ADB Ventures explains how he supports start-up technologies that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. More importantly he explains why financial institutions seeking impact investments and how to channel tourism investment and financing into sustainable futures? (Read/Listen More)
Sustainability Certification: Dr. Mihee Kang, the GSTC Program Director Asia-Pacific explains her work accrediting certification bodies for hotels and accommodations, tour operators, transport providers, and destinations to provide a better understanding of sustainability certifications in tourism and the benefits of getting certified by credible accredited bodies, particularly during this challenging time of the COVID-19 crisis. (Read/Listen More)
Food Waste in Tourism: Daniel Bucher, the Senior Executive Sous Chef at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park to explore why it is important to tackle food waste during the pandemic, what lessons learned are there for a sustainable recovery and how hospitality and tourism businesses can strengthen their food waste management post Covid-19. (Read/Listen More)
Wildlife and Animal Welfare ProtectionJedsada Taweekan, Regional Manager for Illegal Wildlife Trade of the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF), to explore the huge impact of Covid-19 on people and wildlife, what tourism can do to mitigate the risk of zoonotic diseases transmission and how to establish safety guidelines that protect both animals and people at destinations. (Read/Listen More)
Sustainable Tourism and Community Development during Covid-19:  Wanvipa Phanumat at the Office of Community-based Tourism, Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) to have further insights about the impact of Covid-19 on community-based tourism destinations in Thailand, what local communities can learn from the crisis and how local communities can rebuild confidence and enhance capacity for a sustainable future. (Read/Listen More)In this series of nine audio interviews, PATA explores the multiple, interrelated sustainability challenges that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the interviews are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect the official policy, position or views of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) or any of its employees. The aim of the interviews is to assist with the rapid, robust and responsible rebuilding of the Asia Pacific travel industry.