Is Development a Good Business Strategy? Find Out in Montreal

By Matias Bendersky, Unit Chief, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Unit, Inter-American Development Bank Brands today face increasing expectations from ever more Empowered Consumers who hold businesses to higher standards than ever before. This Empowered Consumer is driven by values—she looks beyond affordability and quality to brands’ impact on individuals, communities, and societies. She is informed—she has access to more information than has ever been available, and has the ability to cultivate a deeper knowledge of companies’ operations and the footprint they leave behind. She is connected—she lives in an age in which more than a billion tweets, Facebook posts, and blog updates are published daily, and can instantly voice her satisfaction—or lack thereof—with brands who operate in unsustainable ways. And […]


“Latin America, the vision of its leaders” A book by Andrés Rugeles and 100 regional leaders

The Colombian Andrés Rugeles has achieved an almost impossible...

Global Tourism Industry on Track for Full Recovery by 2024

The global tourism industry is set to reach, and possibly surpass, pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2024, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). Five years post-COVID-19, the sector is experiencing a robust resurgence driven by a surge in international travel, improved air connectivity, and strong rebounds in key regions. However, global dynamics must be managed carefully to ensure stable and continuous growth. In 2023, international tourism reached 88% of its 2019 levels, a significant recovery favored by the reopening of Asian markets, as highlighted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The Middle East led the way, surpassing pre-pandemic levels by around 20%, with Europe, the Americas, and Africa following close behind at approximately 90% of their […]