The Vanilla Islands
Host Joyce Landry and guests Navin Sawhney, Americas CEO of Ponant, and Grant Holmes, global VP cruise solutions, Inchcape Shipping Services, will discuss the Vanilla Islands.
They’ll look at how this ecologically sensitive group of islands that is new to cruising aims to avoid the fate of other island nations, where infrastructure is strained by overtourism and port congestion.
The Vanilla Islands present a model for sustainable tourism and sustainable cruising, through controlled tourism and regulation, Landry said. Ponant supports their vision with a small ship in the region that provides a warm-water cultural experience for travelers.
Post-virus, will travelers be drawn to nature experiences?
‘Are travelers drawn to more natural, authentic experiences post-COVID-19? We think so,’ Landry said.
The livecast is at 1 p.m. EDT Friday. Registration is here.
Landry is the CEO of Landry & Kling Global Cruise Services. She launched SustainableShips.com to be a catalyst for change, inspiring cruise lines to do more in the area of sustainability.