Paloma Zapata

CEO, Sustainable Travel International
paloma zapata

Paloma Zapata

CEO, Sustainable Travel International

Biography

As CEO of Sustainable Travel International Paloma leads the organization’s global efforts to maximize tourism’s contribution to conservation and development in order to protect destinations, preserve nature, and improve community well-being. With over 15 years of experience in sustainable tourism development, Paloma has designed and implemented impactful projects in 25 nations across the globe. Her work has ranged from addressing the shortcomings of the current tourism supply to deriving sustainable development strategies and policies. Some of her recent achievements include designing national sustainable tourism master plans for Belize, Bermuda, Colombia and Panama, as well as leading the Tourism Carrying Capacity Study for Aruba, contributing to the Sint Maarten National Recovery and Resilience Plan and supporting St. Kitts in their sustainable tourism journey.

Paloma joined STI in 2015 and previously served as Vice President. Prior to joining Sustainable Travel International, she served as a Senior Consultant for Tourism & Leisure consulting, leading numerous transformative tourism development projects around the world. Earlier in her career she worked for IBM’s where she registered three patents.

Paloma holds a master’s in business administration and a postgraduate degree in tourism management from ESADE Business School as well as an undergraduate degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida.

 

All session by Paloma Zapata