I am a well-travelled backpacker, hiker, yoga teacher and a fan of the Caucasus since my first trip to Georgia in 2001. I went to Svaneti, fell in love, and can’t help but returning for more fun and adventures.
I also am a sustainable tourism practitioner on a mission to ensure that tourism benefits the local people and helps protect the natural and cultural heritage in destinations.
I specialise in the Caucasus region. I used to work as a communications manager for the South Caucasus programme (as well as for Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Western Balkans) at the UK’s Department for International Development. I have worked as a Sustainable Tourism Expert for the World Bank as well as the German Development Agency GIZ in Georgia and Armenia. You can see more here.
I have a good understanding of global trends in sustainable tourism and sustainability best practices by businesses and destinations. I am studying for the MSc in Responsible Tourism Management at Leeds Beckett University, and have focused all my academic research on Georgia.
The MSc RTM is only course in the UK and one of a few in Europe to have received the United Nation’s UNWTO TedQual certification in quality of tourism education, research and training programmes. Over the last ten years, the most well-known and respected names in responsible tourism, such as Prof Harold Goodwin, Prof Xavier Font, Dr Davina Stanford, Lucy McCombes and Peter Richards to name a few, have either taught or completed the MSc RTM.
I hope you will enjoy, comment, and/or learn from this blog. Thanks for looking!