Founder and CEO of Track of the Tiger T.R.D (Tourism Resources Development) Est. 1986 in Chiang Mai Thailand.
Owns and operates Resort/Experiential Education Centre properties for International School & University Groups, and Special Interest Travelers.
Senior Consultant to the Volunteers Without Borders Foundation – Active in providing CS, Service Learning, and CSR programs for the communities we work and, and supported by our client base.
Founder of the Responsible Travel Alliance. A social enterprise driving the equitable development of responsible tourism.
As a proponent of responsible tourism, I am convinced that the major hurdle to addressing the long-standing inequities in the tourism industry is the commission-based business model itself.
I argue that a non-commission based alternative is needed, not to replace it, but to run alongside it, ensuring the micro and small business operators – and their local visitor based economies – opportunity, a greater share of the rewards, and a say in the management of their destinations.
I believe that whilst the fallout from the Corivid19 problem exacerbates those problems to our peril, it also provides us with the opportunity for a much needed to restructure – one that will allow the industry a better, more risk-managed future.
I would be happy to share the detail of the RTA’s proposed model with any interested party.