This episode of the podcast tackles the all-important topic of sustainability in the travel industry. We hear from Marcel Zuidhof, Co-Founder of social enterprise Hotel Con Corazon and Booking Cares' Marianne Gybels and explore why sustainability in tourism matters, how the industry can make a difference and whether travel has the power to drive widespread behavioural change.
Interview by Katrina Visser, Travel Writer at Booking.com, joined by Marcel Zuidhof, Co-Founder of Hotel Con Corazon, and Marianne Gybels, Global Manager Corporate Social Responsibility at Booking.com.
- Sustainable tourism prioritises the likes of environmental conservation, tourism dispersal and cultural awareness in an effort to reduce any negative impacts such as overtourism and carbon-footprint
- By observing sustainable practises, travel industry brands have the opportunity to change guest behaviours and encourage long-term engagement in responsible tourism
- Hotel Con Corazon was a Booking Booster participant in 2018, the same year it opened its second property in South America, extending its social mission to from Nicaragua to Mexico
- Booking.com drives sustainable travel innovation through the Booking Cares Fund, supporting non-profit projects; Booking Booster, an accelerator programme for sustainable travel scale-ups; and Booking Cares Labs, in partnership with local governments