Lauren Bruggemans


Lauren is The Executive Director of The Sumba Hospitality Foundation and has been working in Hospitality for the majority of her career.  Lauren’s love of Indonesia began when she was a child; she lived in Jakarta for 10 years, which enabled her to immerse herself within the culture and fall in love with the country.  The Sumba Hospitality Foundation provided her with the unique opportunity of returning to Indonesia whilst continuing her passion of hospitality, but this time to take on a brand new role.  Being the Director of the foundation, allows Lauren to utilise her wealth of hospitality knowledge in such an impactful way; she not only leads and guides the staff, but also the students, who are only just taking their first steps into the industry.


Talk Summary

Educating and Empowering for Sustainable Futures

We believe that sustainable tourism begins and ends with local communities and that tourism development can be a good thing but only if the local people are involved in the process and can benefit from it. By creating a vocational school for underprivileged Sumbanese youth, we are preparing the island to benefit from responsible tourism development. We have united local and foreign stakeholders into an independent coalition to support the local government by providing a sustainable tourism development plan for the whole of Sumba.

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