I am also a sustainable tourism consultant, advising governments and organisations 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 have worked 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. In the last three years, I have worked as a Sustainable Tourism Expert on projects for the World Bank, the German Development Agency GIZ in Georgia and Armenia, and the WWF Caucasus. 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 have completed the MSc in Responsible Tourism Management course 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 was also one of the four volunteers who started the Transcaucasian Trail (TCT) project in 2015, passionate about making hiking in the Caucasus safer and more accessible for everyone.
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