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Thought Leaders 2023 | Sustainable Tourism

Compiled by Nikos Krinis, Managing Editor

Sustainability is at the top of the travel and tourism agenda and we at Greek Travel Pages (GTP) want to play our part in the global discussion.

This year we have dedicated our Thought Leaders feature to this topic and reached out to ten of the world’s most influential figures in the travel and tourism industry, each of whom is a prominent policymaker in their own right.

Considering that sustainable tourism is firmly positioned in the 2030 Agenda, these industry stalwarts have been invited to take our Thought Leaders section a step further and contribute their unique perspectives through compelling written opinion pieces.

Through their penned reflections, they tackle key aspects of sustainability in tourism. Their combined wisdom paves a roadmap for a future of economic resilience, environmental preservation, social inclusivity, and cultural protection.

We invite our readers to delve into the profound insights shared by these industry leaders and join us on this transformative journey.

Maria Theofanopoulou, Editor in Chief

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Tourism's influential figures share insights on sustainability

Op-Ed: ‘The right people and investments are needed for a more sustainable tourism sector’ – Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili talks to GTP and sets the stage for sustainable travel and growth.

Op-Ed: ‘Travel & Tourism will emerge more sustainable in the years to come’ – Julia Simpson, WTTC

WTTC President & CEO Julia Simpson talks to GTP and reminds that sustainability is still at the top of the travel agenda.

Op-Ed: ‘Sustainable travel in Europe: Where are we now?’ – Eduardo Santander, ETC

ETC Executive Director and CEO Eduardo Santander talks to GTP and says the path to sustainable travel is indisputably a long and complicated one.

Op-Ed: ‘Greece should strive to lead a sustainable aviation revolution’ – Rafael Schvartzman, IATA

IATA Regional Vice President for Europe Rafael Schvartzman talks to GTP and highlights that Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is the industry's number one priority.

Op-Ed: ‘Sustainable tourism: A challenge that is well worth the reward’ – Alexandros Vassilikos, HOTREC

HOTREC President Alexandros Vassilikos talks to GTP and refers to some of the challenges that businesses in the industry may face when trying to become more sustainable.

Op-Ed: ‘Tourism’s future will be shaped by the growing interest in sustainable travel’ – Eric Drésin, ECTAA

ECTAA Secretary General Eric Drésin talks to GTP and refers to the association's key priority: sustainability in travel.

Op-Ed: ‘Momentum around sustainability is building’ – Tom Jenkins, ETOA

ETOA CEO Tom Jenkins talks to GTP and refers to the desperately urgent need for businesses to play their part in combatting climate change.

Op-Ed: ‘The cruise world is aiming to become one of the most sustainable tourism forms’ – Marie-Caroline Laurent, CLIA Europe

CLIA Europe Director General Marie-Caroline Laurent talks to GTP and highlights that cruise lines are investing significantly to make cruise travel one of the most sustainable forms of tourism.

Op-Ed: ‘Business events are far than an adjunct to the tourism industry’ – Sarah Markey-Hamm, IAPCO

IAPCO President Sarah Markey-Hamm talks to GTP and highlights the aim to promote an environment that can build on the success of the MICE industry.

Op-Ed: ‘The momentum for airport climate action is ongoing’ – Olivier Jankovec, ACI EUROPE

ACI EUROPE Director General Olivier Jankovec talks to GTP and underlines that the idea of a “sustainable recovery” for the industry isn’t such an oxymoron after all.