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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 November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.