Destination matters

The destination-focused projects I’ve worked on have also had people at their centre – including local economic development, increasing opportunities for local entrepreneurs and creating hotel sustainability guidelines including responsible procurement and employment alongside environmental standards.

Here are a few recent projects I’ve worked on:

Responsible Tourism Partnership for IIED: Interviewing tour operators and tourist survey analysis for a project involving developing and testing new community-based tourism products and services in Bwindi National Park, Uganda – to improve local skills and job opportunities, and the long-term conservation and livelihood prospects for the park.

MEJDI Tours: Consultant for responsible tourism social enterprise specialising in using tourism as a tool for peace and to promote understanding and appreciation between cultures, in destinations as diverse as Northern Ireland to the Middle East. Using knowledge of the UK tourism industry and market to develop relationships with operators and agents to fit MEJDI’s ethos and brand.

The Travel Foundation: Conducting a research project in Jamaica (sole consultant), examining and reporting on the factors encouraging and inhibiting spending by all-inclusive guests in the local economy and recommending practical initiatives for implementation to increase opportunities for tourist spend in the local destination

The Travel Foundation in partnership with the Cyprus Tourism Organisation and Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative: Writing guidelines for hotels and inspectors in Cyprus on compliance with new minimum standards for sustainability: available here