Tourism can be a positive experience for everyone
Dedicated to quality sustainable tourism solutions for
The Future of Tourism
Increasingly today's tourists are demanding a style of tourism which is socially
and environmental responsible. They want to have meaningful and personal
interaction with locals. Most importantly they want to know that the destination
has benefitted from their presence economically, socially and environmentally.
With global warming in the news, they want to feel confident that their travels
have not contributed to climate change.
Community-based Tourism Consultant
My unique skill is an ability to bridge the worlds of development aid and
business, of the Westerner and the Asian and the city dweller and the farmer. I
have years of hands-on experience with rural communities helping them to solve
not only tourism related issues but primary health care and drug addiction
issues. I have experience in developing an ecolodge from conception,
construction to an award winning international recognized Ecolodge. In my work
with a local tour operator and tour guides, I was able to develop
successful mutually beneficial relationships between the guides, the tour
operator and the communities. My approach to business places a priority on
socially and environmentally responsible business practices.
General Manager of
The Vine Retreat
from July 2012 to August 2013, I worked with
the local staff to establish sound management systems, to provide a quality
service with an authentic local atmosphere and flavor. We enhance the reputation
of the Vine Retreat as a mediation and yoga retreat center. In addition, worked
with local staff on the development of an organic pepper plantation and organic
Marketing Director of
The Boat Landing Guest
House until February 2007, for over 8 years.
I worked with staff and owners
to be the first Eco-lodge be achieve
Green Globe benchmarking
two years in a row and to receive a high commendation for Best Hotel at the
Responsible Travel Awards.
Marketing & Community-based Ecotourism Advisor
Green Discovery Laos
for 2 years. As a representative of the company, I worked to development
community-based tourism programs in 12 villages in
Namtha, Laos. In addition, I advised the company on internet marketing,
website & brochure design, wrote trip descriptions for their website and
brochure, represented the company at trade shows and developed personalized
package itineraries for FIT clients and tour operators.
As a Community-based Ecotourism Development Consultant
I worked with Akha villages to develop community-based tourism program called
The Akha Experience.
The program was developed in partnership with a private tour operator,
Exotissimo, who acts as
the sales marketing agent for the 8 villages
I conducted a feasibility assessment for
ecotourism in wetlands areas of Thailand's Northeast. This included a
study of the demand for ecotourism products in the Thai domestic tourism
as and Ecotourism Marketing Consultant,
my task was to identify investors and develop ecotourism guidelines and
agreements for adventure and wildlife viewing tours in the
Mondulkiri Protected Forest. In addition I advised on community-based
ecotourism activities in
As advisor on responsible tour operations
contracted by the UNWTO
as a part of the
Mekong Discovery Trail Project to assist a local NGO,
CRDT, develop a
road map for their newly established social enterprise tour operation,
Cambodia produced a market study and project design for
a community forestry project
using tourism as a income generating and financing mechanism
centered around their community forest.
With Live & Learn,
researched and wrote a market study for community-based
ecotourism on Cambodia's Tonle Sap.