Steve Noakes

Steve Noakes is founding Chair of Pacific Asia Tourism Pty Ltd, an international project management company focused on tourism’s capacity to contribute to the MDGs and the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. He is also Director of Eco-Lodges Indonesia, owning and operating five properties with a wildlife & biodiversity conservation focus across Indonesia. In 2008, Steve was honored with the inaugural Eco-tourism Australia Medal, recognizing his 30 years of active engagement in the Australian and international tourism industry. He is a long-standing member of the Bangkok-based Pacific Asia Travel Association, and an advocate for sustainable tourism practices. He was an active contributor to the development of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, serving on the GSTC Board, and has also been an active participant on the UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts and the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, contributing to UNWTO projects in Indonesia, Korea, Bhutan and East Africa. Steve has also worked as a sustainable tourism consultant to the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, International Labor Organization, Asian Development Bank and a number of governments in the Pacific Asia region, southern Africa and east Africa. He is an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, Australia, and a Visiting Professor at the Lapland University Consortium, Finland.