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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

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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Covid-19 impacts on nature conservation in Georgia

None of the many available analyses of #Covid19 impact on conservation focuses on the Caucasus region. This artices summarises the positive and negative impacts on nature in Georgia, based on my interviews with people who work for Protected Areas and … Continue reading

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Tourism in Georgia: opportunities from Covid-19 pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has already significantly affected the tourism industry in Georgia and the country’s economy that heavily relies on tourism. This is a good time to reflect on the most desirable tourism going forward, and all the opportunities this … Continue reading

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Covid19 and tourism in Georgia – early impacts and government response

This article was first publised here on 20 April 2020. After the number of international arrivals to Georgia reached a record high of 9.3 million in 2019, most analysts predicted 2020 to be even better. Nobody has predicted a global … Continue reading

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Covid-19 and tourism in Georgia – calls to contribute

I have been travelling to Georgia since 2001 and working there, on and off, since 2007. I have also focused all my academic research on Georgian tourism while stydying for the MSc in Responsible Tourism Management. I am now keen … Continue reading

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