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 natural environments, and improve community well-being. With over 15 years of experience in sustainable tourism and economic development, Paloma has designed and implemented impactful initiatives and 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 formulating policies.
Currently, Paloma manages the organization’s Climate Rangers program to engage the tourism industry in climate action and is leading the efforts to define a Carbon Neutral Destination model. Starting with creating a carbon neutral destination framework for the island of Palau and now leading the efforts for Barbados to follow suit and become the world first nation to neutralize its tourism carbon footprint by regenerating its island green and blue natural ecosystems.
Some of her recent achievements include conducting the tourism carrying capacity study that led to effective hotel development polices for Aruba and for the Islands of the Seychelles Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. As well as having conducted the detailed damages, losses and needs assessment of the tourism industry post hurricane (Dorian & Irma) disasters for Abaco Bahamas and St. Maartin.
Additionally, Paloma’s accomplishments included conducting numerous national sustainable tourism plans such as: the National Eco-tourism Vision and Action Plan for the Protected Areas of Panama; National Nature Tourism Business Development Plan for Colombia; Association, Standardization and Promotion of Adventure Tourism in Ecuador; National Sustainable Tourism Masterplan for Bermunda; and National Sustainable Tourism Masterplan for Belize.
Paloma joined Sustainable Travel International in 2015 and previously served as Vice President. Prior to joining Sustainable Travel International, she worked as a Senior Consultant for Tourism & Leisure Advisory Services, leading numerous transformative tourism development projects around the world. Earlier in her career she worked for IBM’s microelectronics division as Staff Industrial Engineer and registered three patents.
Paloma has a postgraduate degree in Tourism Management and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. She holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida in the United States. She is a native speaker of English and Spanish.