Heritage Management & Responsible Tourism Consultant
20 years experience supporting sustainable tourism in great places
I'm a Heritage Management and Responsible Tourism Consultant, and International Project Team Leader with clients including GIZ, ICIMOD, MIID, UNWTO, WWF and Fauna & Flora International on projects funded by BMZ, the EU, Danida, UNICEF, Government of Luxembourg, to mention a few.
I'm also a researcher with Newcastle University where I have just completed my PhD in studying the relationships between development partners and tourism development policy in Myanmar, looking at destination management and visitor economy development. As part of this I have developed new project monitoring and evaluation tools, as well as a Destination Management Planning Model.
In development terms, Myanmar is the tourism destination of the moment. The country is rapidly opening up after decades of military rule finally came to an end with the welcoming of the first civilian government in April 2016.
My work in Myanmar has included leading the development country's first Destination Management Plan in the Inle Lake Region, implementing GIZ's Shan State Tourism Development Project as well as value chain studies, product development and diversification and the promotion of heritage conservation.
My journey in South East Asia began in Vietnam back in 2003 where I worked on a World Bank project to support sustainable tourism in Vietnam's Marine Protected Areas. Since then I've worked with dozens of clients across the broad area of tourism and development.
As well as my work and research, I speak in conferences about responsible tourism and am on the advisory board for the new Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute. I'm also a professional member of the Association for Heritage Interpretation.
Projects and Clients
Here are some of my past and present projects and clients in Myanmar
Capacity Development - Tourism & Agriculture
Senior Tourism Expert & Project Team Leader
Following on from my previous projects with PEM Consult on behalf of GIZ, since 2015 I've been leading a team of 4 full time staff plus 20 international, regional and national consultants in a joint tourism and agriculture project. Our tourism aim is to increase length of stay to the region by visiting sub-destinations like Sakar Lake. We're also supporting the growth of the Myanmar Tea and Mango sectors.
Destination Management Plan for the Inle Lake Region
Senior Tourism Advisor & Team Leader
Inle Lake and the surrounding region is Myanmar's most iconic and flagship destination, home to over 1 million people, diverse ethnic groups, a fragile environment and designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, ASEAN Heritage Park and Ramsar Wetland Site as well as an important cultural and natural heritage.
In 2014 I lead a team of international & national experts to develop the Destination Management Plan for the Inle Lake Region: Myanmar's first Destination Management Plan, and continue to advocate for the sustainable and responsible of the region. Follow the links below for the document series:
Private Sector Development Programme
Sustainable Practices Consultant
I designed a capacity building programme related to sustainable and responsible practices of tourism related businesses throughout Shan State, promoting the Manual in Sustainable Practices in the Hospitality Sector (Myanmar Version).
Danu Trails Project
Heritage Development Consultant
I delivered Heritage Management training and guidance to the Danu Tourism Working Group to help develop tourism in the Danu Self Administrative Zone.
Check out the website www.danutrails.strikingly.com
Tourism Value Chain Analyst
Solar Power for Tourism Project
Myanmar has less than 40% connectivity to any type of electricity grid. To support the development of Solar Power in Myanmar, I conducted an initial assessment to analyse potential market for solar investment. Follow the link below for more details.
Danu Self Administrative Zone Development Plan
Senior Tourism Specialist
I lead the tourism development input into the Danu SAZ Development Plan, focusing on deepening of value chain involvement of host communities, and assessing the feasibility of Community Based Tourism initiatives in the zone.
Download the plan here.
Responsible Tourism in Myanmar
I support the responsible development of Myanmar's tourism industry. Here are downloads of some useful documents: