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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 July 2020...

Hotel Spa: Back to Nature

As the Wellness Industry continues to expand, hotel spas are also diversifying, placing a greater emphasis on overall well-being. For some spas, this means providing clients with all-inclusive packages that include fitness classes, healthy dining, and offsite leisure activities, in addition to their core services. For example, spas near ski resorts are offering packages that include lift passes, pre-ski yoga sessions, after-ski dinners and spa treatments. Other spas are offering packages that include massages, saunas, mineral baths, hot springs, and recreational hiking and snowmobile activities. These kinds of spa offerings are also part of a "Back to Nature" movement that encourages guests to get out and experience the healing qualities of nature. One such therapy is the Japanese practice known as "forest bathing" which has become popular with spas that are near wooded areas. This practice relies on the ancient power of a forest for promoting a sense of health and well-being. Other spas are incorporating precious metals and stones into their health and beauty treatments - such as silver, gold, pearls and amber. Silver ion baths relax the body and mind, reduce fatigue, and restore energy balance. Gold keeps skin radiant and can even treat various skin diseases and infections, due to its antibacterial qualities. Amber is used to calm the nervous system and to relieve stress. Other natural products and therapies that are increasingly in demand include sound therapy, cryotherapy, infra-red saunas, and even CBD oil, which is being used in massages, facials and foot scrubs, providing a new form of stress relief. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will document these trends and other new developments, and report on how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.