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About martas2912

Sustainable tourism specialist with communications, marketing and stakeholder engagement background, specialising in sustainable destination management and Protected Areas (PA) tourism. Advised and provided training on responsible tourism development for several international organizations in the Caucasus, the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe. Speaker and trainer. Mentor and an Associate Staff member at Leeds Beckett University for the MSc in Responsible Tourism Management course, focussing all academic research on mountain and PA tourism in the Caucasus

I Declare a Climate Emergency

I’ve been meaning to Declare a Climate Emergency since saying to Jeremy Smith, a friend and co-founder of  Tourism Declares, that I definitely would. That was on March 4th, 2020 in Berlin (on the day the ITB was cancelled). Back … Continue reading

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Sustainable Tourism AND/OR Regenerative Tourism? To make tourism better, we do need to ‘get it’

Is sustainable tourism (ST) the foundation of regenerative tourism (RT)? Is RT a step up from sustainability? How are they different? Why do some authors analyse ST versus RT, as if they were some competing concepts that somehow exclude themselves? … Continue reading

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‘We are at the start of something big’ – reflections from the first Regenerative Tourism by Design cohort

Last week the first cohort of Regenerative Tourism by Design course met online to reflect on the 10-week-long journey and say goodbye. A simple question ‘how has everyone been?’ asked by the course creator Prof Dianne Dredge has turned into … Continue reading

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‘Regenerative Tourism meets Design Thinking’ – a Learning Journey of Designing Solutions for Tourism

Have you ever done a course where you didn’t want the sessions to end as there was so much to share and discuss? Where you design innovative solutions to improve your community and destination? Where you’ve met a diverse group … Continue reading

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84% mark for my Master’s Dissertation!

‘Excellent analysis of your findings in which your personal knowledge of the Georgia context shines through’ – this is one of the comments on my MSc (Master of Science) dissertation that has just been marked at 84%! This mark, and … Continue reading

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Zrównoważona turystyka a marka destynacji turystycznych – moje prezentacje i warsztaty w Polsce.

Jesienią 2020 roku (listopad-grudzień) uczestniczyłam jako główny prelegent i panelista specjalizujący się w zrównoważonej turystyce w serii konferencji i warsztatów online organizowanych przez Regionalne Organizacje Turystyczne, w ramach projektu Ministerstwa Rozwoju, Pracy i Technologii „Dobre praktyki w promocji i zarządzaniu … Continue reading

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Keynote Speech on Building Regenerative Tourism in Protected Areas post-Covid.

On 15 January I was one of four keynote speakers at the online conference The Impacts of Covid on Conservation Worldwide , run by the Jaguar Rescue Foundation from Costa Rica.  My presentation:  ‘Building regenerative tourism in natural areas after … Continue reading

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No to tourism at all costs! – local community perceptions on tourism in Tusheti Protected Areas in Georgia

In August 2019, I went up one steep, narrow, and absolutely stunning mountain road – claimed by the BBC one of the World’s Most Dangerous Roads – into a remote Tusheti Protected Areas in Georgia. The aim was to interview … Continue reading

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Tourism in Protected Areas and Covid – raising awareness through Sustainability Tribe educational events

This Saturday, 21 Nov 2020, I will be representing the Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist (TAPAS) Group of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), on a panel discussion at the ‘Sustainable Tourism Event’ organised by the Sustainability Tribe. … Continue reading

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Tutoring Tour.Nat for better tourism in natural areas

Last Autumn I participated in a fantastic, practical training course in the Dolomites: the Winter Academy on the management of tourism in natural sites. I was one of 25 international tourism and conservation professionals selected for the first edition of … Continue reading

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