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Mr. Ferreyra Acosta

Vicente Ferreyra Acosta

General Director, Sustentur

Believing that "there is no future for tourism if it is not sustainable," Vicente Ferreyra Acosta has dedicated the last 20 years of his life to understand and change tourism in Mexico and Latin America. He is General Director of Sustentur, a social enterprise that works to increase the competitiveness of companies and destinations while preserving natural resources, increasing the quality of life in local communities and promoting wellness.

Mr. Acosta boasts vast experience in launching sustainable tourism projects for governments, companies and rural communities; he has coordinated international projects for institutions including the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and international development agencies, in addition to government and private companies. Still, his work on the ground with rural communities is what makes him happiest.

Mr. Acosta earned his Doctorate in International Tourism from Universidad Anáhuac and the World Tourism Organization. He consulted on and developed the Sustainable Tourism Masterplan Quintana Roo 2030 and coordinates the most ambitious regional sustainable tourism project in the Mesoamerican Reef countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize.

Mr. Acosta is an international lecturer and advisor in sustainability and tourism issues; he is also chairman of the organizing committee of the Sustainable and Social Tourism Summit, the most important sustainable tourism event in Latin America, held annually in Cancun. He has participated twice in TEDx events as a speaker on travel and sustainable tourism topics.

Please visit http://www.sustentur.com.mx for more information.

Mr. Ferreyra Acosta can be contacted at +52 998-267-8897 or vicente@sustentur.com.mx

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.