Julius Lesanoi

Julius is a sustainable tourism believer, auditor, advisor, trainer and change maker with over 10 years’ experience working with tourism sector. He has made significant contributions in the development of criteria, standards, auditor’s manual, certification guidelines and technical guidelines both Responsible Tourism Tanzania and Travelife certification for Tour Operators and development of the concept note for the first Responsible Tourism awards in Tanzania.

Julius is the certified assessor for both Responsible Tourism Tanzania and Travelife certification bodies and conducted over 120 sustainability audits for accommodation facilities Tanzania. He participated in the development of Certification standards and criteria for Sustainable Tourism in Rwanda, trained local sustainability and environmental auditors and piloted the guidelines for the first time in Rwanda in 2015. Julius also worked for various donors funded project such as USAID, The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and carried couple of studies and research particularly in the field of tourism and sustainable development.

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Johannes Solar Obeto

I’m Johannes Solar Obeto, but I prefer being called “Solar” because the name has an inherent sense of sustainability.

I graduated in July 2012 at Tumaini University Makumira (Sebastian Kolowa University College), located in Lushoto – Tanga. At college, I studied bachelor degree of science in Ecotourism and Nature Conservation (Bsc.ENC) and majored Ecotourism Management as my specialty. As part of my academic studies I have also researched and reported on factors hindering ecotourism development in protected areas.

It was during the course of my studies when I realized that any relevant attempt taken to make tourism sustainable sooner or later contributes to sustainable development and support to poverty stricken livelihoods. It has always been my dream to see that competent corporate social responsibility is developed and put into action by each and every player in tourism industry.

Before joining Responsible Tourism Tanzania (RTTZ), I’ve done voluntary work with Tupande Usambara Cultural Tours and Friends of Usambara in Lushoto where I coached some tour guides on ecoturism and principles of professional tour guides. I have also attended a couple of workshops and field work with tourism organizations in Lushoto, Mafia Island and Arusha.

My great interests are in promoting understanding, appreciation and conservation of natural and cultural resources in line with tourism industry. I’m also interested in facilitating mutual interaction between key stakeholders in tourism industry (host communities, tourists, tourism operators, conservation organizations and governments).


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