College of Business

Sustainable Hospitality Management

2019 Monterey Bay Sustainable Hospitality Summit

Big Sur coast

January 11th, 2019 – Building on the overwhelming success of the Sustainable Hospitality Symposium in 2017 and in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Ecotourism Region (MBETR) initiative, the CSUMB Sustainable Hospitality Management Program held the 2nd Monterey Bay Sustainable Hospitality Summit at the Portola Hotel and Spa on January 11th, 2019. Speakers included Mayor of Dubrovnik, Croatia, Mato Frankovic; Martha Honey, Ph. D., Founder and Executive Director for the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST); and Denise Naguib, Vice President, Sustainability and Supplier Diversity for Marriott International among many other public officials and industry leaders. Read the full details on the 2019 Summit.

The goals of the 2019 Summit were to:

  • To inspire the community in establishing leadership in sustainable hospitality, eco-tourism, eco-recreation, and wellness,
  • To provide an understanding of the return on investment of sustainable practices,
  • To acknowledge impending state regulations and provide tools for compliance,
  • To establish a regional baseline of sustainable practices currently in place,
  • To determine sustainable actions to pursue.
The goal is to shape the future of the Monterey Bay region as the leading sustainable hospitality, eco-tourism, eco-recreation and wellness region in the country. This strategy is a natural fit for the Monterey Bay region and ties together the well-developed capabilities and endowments of our tourism, recreation, wellness, and hospitality sectors. ~ Dr. Shyam Kamath, Dean of CSUMB College of Business

Press Coverage







Monterey County Hospitality Association
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System


Monterey County Board of Supervisors
Central Coast Marketing Team
Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Sanctuary
Fort Ord Reuse Authority
Salt Wood
Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Springhill Suites


MB National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Mont Region Waste
College of Health Sciences
The Dunes
Mont-Salinas Transit
Solare LLC
Post Ranch Inn