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Sustainable Travel International is supported by a team of technical advisors with diverse backgrounds and significant industry experience.

  • Marc Myers's portrait

    Marc Myers, Senior Advisor

    Marc was born in Zimbabwe and spent most of his life travelling throughout Africa, Europe and the Nordics. He has worked with the tourism industry for the majority of his career starting as a professional guide in Zimbabwe and progressing to lodge management and operations and finally to building and owning his own lodges in… more

    Marc was born in Zimbabwe and spent most of his life travelling throughout Africa, Europe and the Nordics.

    He has worked with the tourism industry for the majority of his career starting as a professional guide in Zimbabwe and progressing to lodge management and operations and finally to building and owning his own lodges in East Africa. He is now an experienced tourism consultant with over 15 years of industry based experience throughout Europe and Africa.

    Marc has worked for a variety of agencies including; tour operators, hoteliers, local authorities, governmental departments, NGO’s, educational bodies, parks authorities, media and marketing firms and destination management organizations.

    Marc studied Environmental Sciences and then Countryside Management in the UK and gained a Masters in Sustainable Tourism Management in early 2002. During his studies he worked with influential figures in tourism certification based in the Caribbean and East Africa (Environmental Audits for Sustainable Tourism ‘EAST’ and the Kenyan quality standard initiative through the Ecotourism Society of Kenya). Marc’s thesis was titled; ‘The potential development of a tourism certification programme in East Africa’.

    He is an accomplished sustainable tourism management/development consultant and business adviser; Experienced in private, public and the voluntary sectors. He has particular strengths in planning, research, directing and advising on project/programmes. Areas of ‘key’ strengths include strategic management, tourism development, environmental management systems, benchmarking & indicators, restructuring & strengthening, interpretation, capacity building, problem solving, leveraging in funds and issues-management.

    Marc is currently the sustainability specialist and senior consultant for Horwath HTL, based in Oslo. The consulting firm Horwath HTL concentrates on working with Hotels, Tourism and Leisure and is the largest specialist consulting network in this sector, with 50 offices in 39 countries.

     

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    Costas Christ

    Costas Christ is an internationally renowned expert on sustainable tourism. Costas served as a founding member and former Chairman of the Board of The International Ecotourism Society and is an Executive Board member of Sustainable Travel International. His work has taken him to more than 100 countries across six continents to support tourism as opportunity… more

    Costas Christ is an internationally renowned expert on sustainable tourism. Costas served as a founding member and former Chairman of the Board of The International Ecotourism Society and is an Executive Board member of Sustainable Travel International. His work has taken him to more than 100 countries across six continents to support tourism as opportunity for protecting the environment and sustaining the social and economic well being of local communities. Costas has in depth understanding of institutional issues related to tourism development and small islands. He has been involved in a number of Sustainable Tourism Masterplans

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    Dr. Susan Guyette

    Susan Guyette, Ph.D. (Métis – Micmac and Acadian French) has 25 years of direct experience working with indigenous and rural communities in cultural tourism, as well as cultural centers and museums. She is an award-winning author – prior books include Sustainable Cultural Tourism: Small-Scale Solutions; Planning for Balanced Development: A Guide for Rural and Native… more

    Susan Guyette, Ph.D. (Métis – Micmac and Acadian French) has 25 years of direct experience working with indigenous and rural communities in cultural tourism, as well as cultural centers and museums. She is an award-winning author – prior books include Sustainable Cultural Tourism: Small-Scale Solutions; Planning for Balanced Development: A Guide for Rural and Native American Communities, the co-author of Zen Birding: Connect in Nature, and the author of several texts for American Indian Studies. She is the owner of Santa Fe Planning & Research in New Mexico (USA) and the Executive Director of the organization Cultural Resilience.

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    Eric Lombardi

    Eric Lombardi is the Executive Director of Eco-Cycle, Inc., and CEO of his global consulting firm Zero Waste Strategies International. Lombardi is a specialist in resource conservation, social enterprise development and public-private project development. Eco-Cycle is a national pioneer in the recycling industry and has grown under Lombardi’s tenure to become the largest community- based… more

    Eric Lombardi is the Executive Director of Eco-Cycle, Inc., and CEO of his global consulting firm
    Zero Waste Strategies International. Lombardi is a specialist in resource conservation, social
    enterprise development and public-private project development. Eco-Cycle is a national pioneer
    in the recycling industry and has grown under Lombardi’s tenure to become the largest community-
    based Zero Waste organization in the U.S.A. with a staff of 80 and processing of over 55,000 tons
    of diverse recycled materials per year (2011). Lombardi is often a keynote speaker and consultant
    on the social and technical aspects of creating a “Zero Waste – Or Darn Near” society.

    Lombardi works nationally and internationally as a project consultant, keynote speaker and
    workshop leader for government and private sector clients across the USA, New Zealand, England,
    France, Scotland, Romania, Australia, Tobago, American Samoa, Wales and Saipan. His work has
    covered such diverse topics as the Waste/Climate Connection, the creation of recycling facilities, the
    collection and marketing of “hard to recycle” (HTR) materials such as electronic scrap, the benefits
    of a social enterprise approach, the politics of growing community recycling programs, and the
    strategies for long-term recycling business survival. He is currently serving as a Special Advisor to
    SUEZ Environnment (Paris), the largest integrated water/waste company in the world, Sustainable
    Travel International, he is a Steering Committee Member for Zero Waste International Alliance,
    and is a member of the ICLEI Community Climate Protocol Waste Advisory Committee, and is the
    Environmental Representative on the ANSI SCS-202 Standards Committee on Climate Metrics.

    Lombardi has both facility and program design experience, including the creation of the first
    curbside recycling program and design/construction of the first MRF (materials recovery facility) in
    North Carolina (1986). He has designed and built numerous community recycling centers in Boulder
    County, Colorado, worked as a facility and program consultant for the Wal Mart “Green Store” in
    Kansas, designed, built and operated the first “Center for Hard-To-Recycle Materials” (CHaRM) in
    the USA (Boulder), was lead consultant for the creation of a for-profit paper recycling program in
    Romania, and led the design effort of the new MRF in Boulder County that was declared “the nicest
    MRF I’ve ever seen in the world” by George Weyerhaeuser, the V.P. of paper recycling for the global
    100 corporation of the same name.

    Lombardi was invited to the Clinton White House in 1998 as one of the Top 100 USA
    Recyclers to advise on national recycling issues. He co-founded and served as the President of the
    national GrassRoots Recycling Network (www.GRRN.org), and is a co-founder of the global Zero
    Waste International Alliance, based in Wales (www.ZWIA.org). He served from 1997-2004 on the
    National Recycling Coalition’s (NRC) Policy Work Group, and was an executive Board member of
    the NRC from 1991-1995. In 1992, he co-founded the National Nonprofit Recyclers Council. Since
    getting an advanced degree from Washington University (St. Louis) in Engineering and Public Policy,
    Lombardi has been working at the interface of where society/technology/business come together to
    bring beneficial change to all the stakeholders.

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    Eric Ricaurte

    Serving several leading global hospitality companies, Eric engages the industry to advance sustainability through measurement and reporting, bringing his 10 years of experience in operations and consulting in diverse nature and cultural tourism projects. His recent industry work includes authoring the Cornell studies “Developing a Sustainability Measurement Framework for Hotels: Toward an Industry-wide Reporting Structure,”… more

    Serving several leading global hospitality companies, Eric engages the industry to advance
    sustainability through measurement and reporting, bringing his 10 years of experience in
    operations and consulting in diverse nature and cultural tourism projects. His recent industry work
    includes authoring the Cornell studies “Developing a Sustainability Measurement Framework
    for Hotels: Toward an Industry-wide Reporting Structure,” and “Determining Materiality in
    Hotel Carbon Footprinting,” and serving as technical consultant for Phase 1 of the Hotel Carbon
    Measurement Initiative, a joint initiative of the International Tourism Partnership and the World
    Travel & Tourism Council to standardize carbon metrics across the industry.
    Eric began his career managing a rainforest lodge and tour operation in Costa Rica and winning a
    student research finalist award in 2001 for his paper titled “Carbon Sequestration, Credit Trading
    and Offsetting, and their Relation to Travel and Tourism.” Since then Eric has consulted globally for
    hotel properties; hotel companies; hospitality vendors; tourism operators, attractions and complexes;
    tourism boards and tourism clusters. He is principal of Greenview, and a research associate at
    the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research. Eric is the sustainability columnist for
    HotelNewsNow.com, and a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and ASTM Technical
    Committee 60.02 (Hospitality and Sustainable Events).
    Eric earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
    and a Master of Science degree in Tourism & Travel Management from New York University. He is
    fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. In his free time he has enjoyed playing capoeira for over 10 years,
    and tries to improve his French and Korean.
  • Andrew Rylance's portrait

    Andrew Rylance

    Based in South Africa, Andrew is a private sector specialist with nearly ten years experience working in Africa and Europe. He specialises in two areas of work: business development and investment in rural areas and natural resource economics. He holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Post Graduate Certificate… more

    Based in South Africa, Andrew is a private sector specialist with nearly ten years experience working in Africa and Europe. He specialises in two areas of work: business development and investment in rural areas and natural resource economics. He holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Environmental Economics from the University of London and a Bachelors Degree (Honours) in Economics and Politics from the University of York. He is also a research fellow to the University of Johannesburg. He has previously worked for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in South Africa and Rwanda as an expert in Local Economic Development. In addition, he has been involved in PPPs and payments for ecosystem services in South Africa, business development in World Heritage Sites for the World Bank and developed business tourism training manuals for ITC/UNCTAD.

  • Dr. Edward Sanders's portrait

    Dr. Edward Sanders

    Dr. Ed Sanders has a broad background in sustainable development planning, environmental finance, ecotourism project development, and international public policy issues. He co-founded Eco Tourism International, an ecotourism consulting firm specializing in market assessments, feasibility studies and project planning. He is a former Vice-Chairman of the Board of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and currently… more

    Dr. Ed Sanders has a broad background in sustainable development planning, environmental finance, ecotourism project development, and international public policy issues. He co-founded Eco Tourism International, an ecotourism consulting firm specializing in market assessments, feasibility studies and project planning. He is a former Vice-Chairman of the Board of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and currently serves on a part-time basis as Director of Special Projects at the Center for Sustainable Tourism in the Business School at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He co-authored The Business of Ecolodges: The Economics and Financing of Ecolodges (TIES, 2001) and authored a comprehensive study of the U.S. outbound ecotourism market for the World Tourism Organization, The U.S. Ecotourism Market (WTO, 2002). He is a partner in a 13,000-acre ecotourism and conservation project in southern Belize. Dr. Sanders had previously co-founded an international environmental consulting firm (Sanders International, Inc.) and an international business consulting firm (IPAC, Inc.). Prior to that he served as Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee following a career as a civil servant in the President’s Office of Management and Budget where he rose through the ranks from Budget Examiner to Associate Director. Ed has a BA in economics from Pomona College, a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

  • Dr. Anna Spenceley's portrait

    Dr. Anna Spenceley

    Based in South Africa, Anna is an international consultant with nearly 20 years experience on sustainable tourism projects Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.    Dr. Spenceley holds a PhD from the University of Greenwich with a doctorate on sustainable tourism in protected areas, and an MSc from Imperial College, London, in Environmental Technology. She is chair… more

    Based in South Africa, Anna is an international consultant with nearly 20 years experience on sustainable tourism projects Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.    Dr. Spenceley holds a PhD from the University of Greenwich with a doctorate on sustainable tourism in protected areas, and an MSc from Imperial College, London, in Environmental Technology. She is chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist group, a senior research fellow at the School of Tourism and Hospitality at the University of Johannesburg. She was a founding director of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and is an Expert Group member of the Global Partnership on Sustainable Tourism. Her publications include coordination of a special edition of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism on ‘Tourism and Poverty Reduction’, and production of the book ‘Responsible Tourism: Critical issues for conservation and development’

  • Jonathan B. Tourtellot's portrait

    Jonathan B. Tourtellot

    Consultant, journalist, and editor, Jonathan Tourtellot specializes in sustainable tourism and destination stewardship. Jonathan originated the concept of geotourism, defined by National Geographic as “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.” He founded and ran National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations… more

    Consultant, journalist, and editor, Jonathan Tourtellot specializes in sustainable tourism and destination stewardship. Jonathan originated the concept of geotourism, defined by National Geographic as “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.” He founded and ran National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations for nine years. There he instituted the Geotourism MapGuide program and the landmark Destination Stewardship surveys published in National Geographic Traveler, 2004-2010. He continues to serve as Geotourism Editor for Traveler and Portal Editor for www.DestinationCenter.org. His consulting firm is Focus on Places LLC.

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