Steve brings an extensive 35 years of industry, academic and NGO perspective throughout Asia Pacific to strategic directions of our business. He is founding Chair of Pacific Asia Tourism Pty Ltd, an international project management company focussed on tourism’s capacity to contribute to the MDGs and the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, and Director of Ecolodges Indonesia, owning/operating five ecolodges with a wildlife & biodiversity conservation focus across Indonesia. In 2008, he was honoured with the inaugural Ecotourism Australia Medal recognising his extensive 30 + years active engagement in the Australian and international tourism industry – particularly in ecotourism and the broader sustainable tourism development agenda. He is a long standing member and advocate for sustainable tourism practices with the Bangkok based Pacific Asia Travel Association having served numerous terms on the PATA Board of Directors, Industry Council, Sustainable Tourism Committee and Education Committees. As an academic, he has served as an Adjunct Professor in Tourism Management at the University of Queensland and Griffith University in Australia and is now a Senior Lecturer in Tourism at CQUniversity-Australia. He has a long association with NGO’s serving on the Boards of the US based not-for profit Sustainable Travel International and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. He has also been an active participant in the UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts, the World Committee on Tourism Ethics and with the Themis Foundation contributing to UNWTO projects in Indonesia, Korea, Bhutan and East Africa. He has also worked as a sustainable tourism consultant to the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, International Labour Organisation, UNEP/Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism, the Asian Development Bank and a number of bilateral donor agencies, governments, NGOs and industry in the Pacific Asia region, southern Africa and East Africa. He is a member of The International Ecotourism Society and an active ‘Australian Partner Organisation’ with the AusAID funded Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program.
Chris and his team will deliver most of the programs. Profiles of some of our other guides, consultants and facilitators can be viewed by hovering over each photo below.