About This Episode
In this Change Makers series in collaboration with Mr & Mrs Smith, we explore the travel industry’s role in delivering a more sustainable future in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and the growing climate emergency.
This week Michael Hayman is joined by Wilbert Das and Bob Shevlin, Founders of Uxua Casa. The hotel and spa is set right on the Unesco-protected Quadrado, making it an easy stroll to the artisans’ workshops and restaurants lining the grassy town square. But the Unesco site isn’t the only one under protection: the clutch of casas were born in 2006, carved out of a collection of original fishermen’s houses and inspired by authentic craftsmanship which the founders strive to preserve.
Wilbert Das and Bob Shevlin, Founders of Uxua Casa
Described as luxury with a clear conscience, Uxua Casa is the only business nominated 3-consecutive years for Virtuoso’s Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award, and was the first Brazilian hotel accepted as signatory to the UN Global Contact. In response to the pandemic, it united its clients and competitors alike in a highly effective campaign to keep food on the table for everyone; distributing 127 tons of food and 61,000 personal hygiene and cleaning items across Brazil. Sit back and listen to how this hotel combines traditional techniques, local produce and community, paving the way for ultimate sustainable tourism.