José Koechlin von Stein

Founder & CEO at Inkaterra Hotels

José Koechlin

José Koechlin established Inkaterra in 1975, pioneering ecotourism and sustainable development in Peru. Acknowledged by AACSB in its ‘100 Influential World Leaders’ List, Mr. Koechlin is also Chairman of Sociedad Hoteles del Perú and emeritus board member of Conservation International (Washington, D.C.). He has been honored with the 2017 LEC Award in the ‘Large Enterprise’ category; the first-ever HOLA Lifetime Achievement Award (2016); and the 2015 PURE Award for his contribution to experiential travel. To promot e travel experiences in Peru, he has sponsored various publications on nature and culture, and was co-producer of Werner Herzog’s classic films Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972) and Fitzcarraldo (Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 1982), and Les Blank’s documentary Burden of Dreams (1982).

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Driving Resiliency and Sustainability in Hospitality: Five Priorities for 2021

Tourism is not only a source of inspiration; it's a human right. We need to travel, to move, to experience the diversity of culture and nature abroad. Travel makes us wiser, and more sensitive.

Peru’s Inkaterra: Helping save the Amazon through sustainable landscape corridors while pushing the boundaries of eco-friendly luxury hotels

Since natural resources are capital goods, conservation shouldn’t be considered as an expense but an investment, write José Koechlin and Gabriel Meseth, who run Inkaterra in Peru, one of the world’s great ecotourism success stories.