CREST Consulting Services

In addition to our mission-driven projects and programs, Center for Responsible Travel offers its research talent and expertise in sustainable tourism and project management on a fee-for-service basis to multilateral institutions and private companies. We work with clients of all sizes to identify and meet their needs - working on matters that range from corporate responsibility to destination stewardship, 'green finance', climate change, strategic planning, travelers' philanthropy, indigenous tourism and much more. We draw on the experience of our own staff and tap into our extensive network of experts working around the globe. Below are some highlights of past consultancies and short bios of some of the consultants in our network.

CREST has carried out research and field studies for a wide range of international development and aid agencies, philanthropic foundations, government agencies, academic institutions, conservation organizations, and tourism businesses. The following are a sampling of CREST staff and consultants involved in implementing our field projects and carrying out research. For more information about CREST or any of our consultants, contact Martha Honey: Tel. +1 202-347-9203 ext. 413 or



Development Advising in Mexico and El Salvador

Advising land owners on the highest and best use of their coastal properties – identifying an attractive tourism product to be developed that will preserve natural assets and maximize contributions to community development.

Sustainable Tourism Feasibility Study and and Development Plan Identify and generate tourism-related investment and employment opportunities within an acceptable social and environmental safeguards framework.
Assesing Impacts of Coastal and Cruise Tourism

A series of studies designed to analyze market trends and asses the social, environmental, and economic impacts on the Coast primarily in Costa Rica's Pacific coast and Mexico.

Promoting Innovation in Tourism Development The Symposium for "Innovators", created by CREST, supports resort developers, architects, investors and operators involved in more social and environmental subjects.
Financing Sustainable Tourism Sustainble Investment and Finance in Tourism (SIFT) is a new concept designed to coordinate and increase funding for sustainable tourism projects developed by CREST and spearheaded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNEP)
Indigenous People and Ecotourism Intiruna is an NGO dedicated to collective marketing, development, consulting, and education in the service of indigenous-controlled sustainable tourism and CREST helped in its creation.
Travelers’ Philanthropy Working together with tourism companies to foster corporate and visitor contributions of time, expertise, and resources to support development and conservation projects in tourism destinations.

The global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) launched recently was created thanks to the projects and studies by CREST who has worked for years in developing and promoting "green" certification.

Market Research and Trends CREST conducts market, consumer, and frasibility analysis and provides reports to tourism business, governments, development agencies, and NGOs on consumer and industry trends.
Strengthening Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism In one of the most biodiversity rich areas on earth (Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica); CREST is involved in a multi-year project to strengthen their sustainable tourism programs trhough workshops on trade-offs of different tourism models, reducing tourism's carbon footprint, and enhancing visitor engegement through travelers' philanthropy and voluntourism.

Our Experts:

CREST maintains a network of tourism and development experts with experience in many corners of the world. These talented and hard-working individuals lend their technical capacity to our projects on an as-needed basis. We have the highest of confidence in their abilities and we are proud to work with them. The experts we regularly rely on include:

William Durham, Ph.D.

Bill Durham, a co-founder of CREST, has particular interest in ecotourism as a means to promote conservation and development in Central America, Africa, and Galapagos. Bill is the Bing Professor in Human Biology in the Department of Anthropology, and the Yang and Yamazaki University Fellow at Stanford University. He has worked in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Panama, including most of a year with the Native American Kuna. Recipient of a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, Bill has conducted impact assessments of ecolodges in Costa Rica and Peru. His numerous publications include Ecotourism and Conservation in the Americas (CABI, 2008, with A. Stronza).

Martha Honey, Ph.D.

Martha is co-founder and director of CREST. She has successfully administered numerous research and field consultancies related to certification, marketing strategies, industry and consumer trends, travelers’ philanthropy, and impacts of various types of tourism (eco-, sustainable, and mass). She has worked and lectured on tourism in dozens of countries. Her books include Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Island Press, 1999 and 2008) and Ecotourism and Certification: Setting Standards in Practice (Island Press, 2002). She was named one of world’s top 10 eco- and sustainable-travel “watchdogs” (CondeNast Traveler, 2008). She was also Executive Director of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES). Martha worked as a journalist for 20 years, based in East Africa and Central America and holds a Ph.D. in African history.

Dan Berrien, M.A.

Dan is a sustainable tourism and real estate development specialist, with expertise in the planning, design, and management. He has extensive experience in private sector development with a focus on the Caribbean and the Americas and has also consulted with non-governmental and government organizations. His work has involved land use planning, business development, and market research related to sustainable tourism project implementation. He was a lead consultant with CREST in developing the business plan for the UNEP’s SIFT Network. He holds a Master’s in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Eric Bergstrom

Eric is the President and Founder of Bergstrom Capital Advisors, Inc. (“BCA”), located in Irvine, California.  BCA is a discrete privately-held real estate capital market and strategic advisory firm that provides professional and highly responsive capital market execution for real estate owners, investors and developers of all product types in commercial and residential real estate.
During his twenty five year career in the real estate capital markets, Mr. Bergstrom has advised hundreds of real estate owners, investors and developers throughout Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and the U.S. Assignments have included strategic planning, entity and project-level acquisition due diligence/transaction structuring, land planning/design, market and financial feasibility analyses, and capital market advisory assignments, including workouts/restructures, mergers & acquisitions, sale advisory, and entity formations. Eric formed BCA in 2001, after 13 years as a CPA and founder of Ernst & Young/Kenneth Leventhal & Co.’s Real Estate Capital Markets Group (“EYKL”), where he led all real estate capital market assignments in the western United States, including the largest equity placement in the history of the firm. 

Seema Bhatt, M.Sc.

Seema is a consultant based in India, specializing in projects and research related to ecotourism, biodiversity, certification, and climate change. Her particular focus is on strengthening the links between ecotourism, biodiversity conservation, and local livelihoods. As the South Asia Coordinator for the USAID supported Biodiversity Conservation Network, she coordinated two projects on ecotourism. Seema has worked extensively with other ecotourism projects in India and elsewhere in South Asia. She was a Fulbright Research Scholar based with CREST in Washington DC where she explored the feasibility of ecotourism certification in India. She co-authored Ecotourism Development in India (Cambridge University Press, 2008). Seema is the Honorary Secretary of the Ecotourism Society of India. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Amos Bien, M.A.

Amos is a population ecologist by academic training and administrator, and works in the field of the sustainability of tourism and standardization. He was the lead consultant in developing the “Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria”, author of the “Tourism Sustainability Scorecard” for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), member of the ISO Technical Committee on Tourism, author of the “Guide for Tourism: Instrument for Environmental and Social Management” (IUCN) for the environmental authorities of Central America and the Dominican Republic, and lead consultant for the study “Policy elements for the sustainability of cruise tourism in Central America” (IDB and INCAE). He also recently worked for the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) on sustainable tourism issues, where he coordinated the projects for establishing a Global Sustainable Tourism Partnership and the Sustainable Investment and Finance in Tourism (SIFT) initiative. He is a founding member of the GSTC and is the founder and CEO of Rara Avis Rainforest Lodge and Reserve, one of the first ecolodges and private reserves in Costa Rica. He has also worked as a university professor, and in business administration, environmental auditing, and construction. He was the founding president of the Costa Rican Private Nature Reserves Association, president of the Costa Rican Youth Hostel Association, treasurer of the Federation of Costa Rican Environmental Organizations, member of the National Biodiversity Commission, and a country representative to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development.

Michael E. Conroy, Ph.D.

Michael is an economist, Latin American expert, and former professor at the University of Texas (1971-1996) and Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (2003-2006). He worked for the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (1996-2008) where he focused on development of advocacy-led certification systems for sustainable tourism and ecotourism, and other industries. His consultancies have included building global participation in the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, strengthening benefits for small-scale producers and communities in both the FSC certification forestry system and the Fair Trade system worldwide, and creating new certification systems for US agricultural production (emphasizing farm worker justice and food safety). He is author of Branded! How the ‘Certification Revolution’ Is Transforming Global Corporations (New Society Publishers, 2007).

Jorge De Vicente, M.A.

Jorge is a sustainable tourism and competitiveness specialist, with expertise in value chain analysis, sustainability assessment, strategic planning, and marketing. He has ample experience advising governments, the private sector, and civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as facilitating multistakeholder dialogue. Based in Washington, DC, he has worked for the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF-IDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and for CREST. Jorge led the development of the innovative and highly acclaimed IDB Tourism Sustainability Scorecard for Private Sector Projects. He holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Erika Harms, M.A., J.D.

Erika Harms is the founder of  EH Global Solutions,  an organization focused on bridging solutions amongst sustainable implementers.   A member of the UN Foundation, until recently she also served as the Executive Director of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC),  a cutting edge initiative that provides a clear set of standards, protocols, processes and measurements for how businesses can better the planet and practice sustainable tourism. Ms. Harms has focused on creating platforms to bring together the private and public sector in support of the United Nations' conservation priorities, and has spearheaded initiatives such as the World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism and the Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria. She has served as a judge of several awards. In 2008, Conde Nast Traveler recognized Ms. Harms as a "Trail Blazer" in Sustainable Tourism and in 2010 she received the HSMAI award for Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing. Ms. Harms holds a degree of Attorney at Law and a master's degree in Business Administration and Natural Resource Management from INCAE, Central American Institute of Business Administration, in Alajuela, Costa Rica. Born in Costa Rica, Ms. Harms' native languages are Spanish and German.

Yuri Horowitz, M.A.

Yuri Horowitz brings 17 years experience working in the travel and tourism industry, with experience across the entire value chain - from front-end hospitality to high level tourism planning and policy. Specializing in community engagement and emerging destinations, he focuses on developing a shared vision among stakeholders and implementing programs that have far reaching community benefits. Some of the organizations he has worked with include, the World Bank, Clinton Foundation, U.S. Peace Corps, USAID, U.S. Travel Association, Tourism Cares, Solimar International and Starwood Hotels. Mr. Horowitz has a Master of Tourism in Sustainable Destination Management from George Washington University’s Business School and a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Colorado – Boulder. A traveler at heart, he has been to 57 countries on 6 continents and worked on tourism development projects all over the world from Peru and Haiti to Mali and Sri Lanka.

Carter HuntCarter Hunt, Ph.D.

Carter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at The Pennsylvania State University, and Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology. He has a PhD and M.S. in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky. Between 2009-2012 he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology and the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, where he worked alongside CREST Co-Director William Durham. Carter's research focuses on outcomes of tourism for both host communities and for travelers. In fieldwork in Latin America, Carter uses his background in environmental anthropology and an interest in political ecology to assess the impact of tourism on biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development in rural destination communities, often near parks and protected areas. This includes experience in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, the Peruvian Amazon, coastal and highland Nicaragua, Lake Atitlan Guatemala, and the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Recently he has also leveraged earlier experiences in the field of psychology to research the ways that travel influences people's subsequent behavior. He has explored these ideas in the context of nature-based tourism and university alumni travel programs with a particular focus on subsequent pro-environmental behavior and philanthropy directed at conservation and research efforts. At Penn State, Carter teaches courses focusing on tourism, eco-tourism, nature-based tourism, responsible travel, and social and environmental sustainability.

Judy Karwacki, M.A., M.B.A.

Judy Karwacki is a sustainable tourism veteran.  She has been the co-owner of Jubilee Travel, a retail agency in Canada, since 1986. After senior consulting positions at Deloitte, ARA Consulting and KPMG/Bearing Point, Judy founded Small Planet Consulting in 2002.  Judy is recognized internationally as an expert in indigenous tourism, ecotourism, adventure tourism, experiential tourism and other niche segments that sustainably connect conservation, communities and culture. She has worked on numerous projects in Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Mexico, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific region. Judy’s work focusses on destination development, product development, marketing, experiential tourism, strengthening tourism enterprises, and forming strategic connections with international industry partners.  Judy speaks regularly at industry conferences for organizations such as CREST, Adventure Travel Trade Association ATTA, The International Ecotourism Society TIES, Caribbean Tourism Organization CTO and International Institute for Peace through Tourism IIPT. She is a founding member of the Judy holds a BA (Int’l Studies), MA (Pol St) and MBA (Tourism Management).  She lives with her husband and cat in North Vancouver, Canada, in the super natural Traditional Territory of the Squamish First Nation.

Brian Kastl, M.Sc.

Brian is an international consultant on conservation, ecotourism, and environmental education in the Asia Pacific region. He leads a project for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Conservation Society of Pohnpei to balance development with the protection of ecosystem services in Micronesia. In Southeast Asia he leads a project with rural communities on disaster risk management for the Asian Development Bank (ADB). With experience assessing environmental impacts he advises top-tier eco-resorts in Cambodia on the development of conservation programs. His focus is at the community level, where he strengthens livelihood security and resilience to climate change through recommendations for natural resource management. He has led coastal and water resource management projects for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to enable a Cambodian village to improve sustainability and grasp ecotourism opportunities in mangrove forests. His other conservation work spans the globe, including Myanmar, Bali, Hawaii, Ecuador, New Zealand, and South Africa. As a Fellow of the East-West Center's Asia Pacific Leadership Program, Brian co-developed a network of ecotourism-based social entrepreneurs to protect traditional livelihoods of ethnic minorities in Greater Tibet. Brian holds a Masters degree from the School of Oceanography Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii. He has further research experience on watersheds in South Africa and flooding hazards in New Zealand, as a Fulbright Scholar.

Susan Kennedy, M.A.

Susan Kennedy is a cultural heritage and sustainable tourism specialist with expertise in marketing and branding. She has lived and worked in Cambodia, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Panama, the UK and USA. She most recently managed logistics for a Silk Road archaeological site in Kazakhstan and has worked extensively in community-based tourism, ecotourism and sustainable tourism for several NGOs. She used her expertise in marketing and branding to assist Cambodia’s Minister of Tourism with the country’s first-ever branding campaign, “Cambodia: Kingdom of Wonder.” She holds a Masters of Arts in Managing Archaeological Sites from University College London and a Masters of Tourism Administration from The George Washington University in Sustainable Destination Management. Her professional website can be found at:

Robin Mason, M.A.

Robin is a sustainable tourism specialist based outside Washington, DC with expertise in building public private sector alliances, community-based tourism, destination management, and tourism product development. She has over 20 years of experience working with USAID, World Bank, and local governments in developing tourism strategies, tourism clusters, and value chain analyses, and in implementing tourism plans. Robin forged a worldwide public-private partnership for USAID’s Global Development Alliance Office, carried out tourism sector analyses in Mozambique, and worked with the Istanbul government on tourism improvement. She was part of CREST’s team for UNEP’s SIFT Network project. Robin holds Master’s degree in international development from American University, and is completing a tourism administration degree from The George Washington University.

David Michelmore, M.Phil.

David Michelmore, Director of the Consultancy for Conservation, is a specialist in the sustainable development, management and conservation of heritage sites. Hiswork in 37 countries in the Middle East, Europe, Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific has involved implementing UNESCO projects and activities in 17 of these countries. He has extensive experience in training and capacity building and working with local communities on the sustainable development of heritage tourism assets, having developed manuals for tourism development and conservation of historic towns in Asia on behalf of the UNESCO Principal Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok. He has key experience in fund-raising for tourism development and has organized three international donors’ conferences on behalf of UNESCO and UNDP. His work partnering local authorities has involved the implementation of tourism development projects in China, Nepal and Turkey. Since 2005, his work has concentrated on the Middle East (Iraq - Kurdistan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria) and South-East Europe and has included the design of innovative tools for tourism development in Damascus and Istanbul. He has worked in Iraq since 2004 and has been resident full-time since 2009, implementing tourism-related projects in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah.

Fred Nelson, M.Sc.

Fred is Executive Director of Maliasili Initiatives, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting locally-based, incentive-driven conservation efforts in Africa. Based in Arusha, Tanzania from 1998 into 2010, Fred has recently relocated to Burlington, VT. Fred served as the local coordinator of CREST’s 2008 International Travelers’ Philanthropy Conference held in Arusha and has been a research consultant for several CREST publications. A scholar and practitioner on natural resource governance, Fred has published widely and has worked for international NGOs and development agencies. He is editor of Community Rights, Conservation & Contested Land: The Politics of Natural Resource Governance in Africa (Earthscan, 2010). Fred completed his Master’s degree at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.

Megan O’Donnell, M.A.

Megan is an economic development consultant and business analyst. She brings a unique perspective to researching market trends and developing international business opportunities, with extensive experience working with both public and private sector clients. As a technology entrepreneur, she developed business case models and pitched them to venture capitalist investors. As a private sector development advisor to governments, she researched international trends in the investment marketplace in a range of sectors including sustainable tourism. Megan has overseen a project on promoting market linkages for the Caribbean tourism industries and has worked with tourism and other industries in Africa (Gambia, Ghana and Tanzania), Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia (Mongolia) to leverage resources and attract corporate partners and investors. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Develeopment from Stanford University.

Kimberley Player

Kimberley is an economic and real estate consultant with 15 years of experience in strategic planning for developers, landowners, investors, public sector agencies, NGOs and corporations. She has an extensive market research background and expertise in product positioning, demand forecasting and market assessments. Kimberley’s passion for travel and unique places has led to a strong interest in tourism and related development. Her goal is to ensure sustainable growth that celebrates local character while also promoting holistic community planning.
Her previous work experience includes nearly 10 years with real estate firm CBRE where she was responsible for a wide variety of consulting assignments. Kimberley also worked as Director of Research for Intrawest, conducting resort research in support of development and marketing efforts.
A member of various professional organizations including ULI and TIES, Kimberley has a Finance degree from the University of British Columbia and a Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Destination Management from GWU.

Margie Peters-Fawcett

Margie is a Publications Editor, providing editing, writing, and translation (French and Spanish to and from English) services across a broad number of sectors. These include Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Education, Finance, Gender, Health and Nutrition, Impact Evaluations, as well as Private Sector and Social development. Margie's extensive experience of more than 25 years developed from working with organizations spanning Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. She has worked full time for various multilateral development agencies, as well as the private sector. Most recently, she has provided services to CREST, Inter-American Development Bank, International Finance Corporation, KPMG (UK) (impact evaluations for the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, UK), Kolibri Kapital (Norway) and the World Bank. Margie is a dynamic and results-oriented person, providing personal attention to detail and, in particular, to her clients. Margie is a Professional Member of the Societies of Editors' of New South Wales and Canberra (Australia) and a Member of the Freelance Editors Association (USA). 


Abigail Rome, M.Sc.

Abigail is a specialist in ecotourism and sustainable tourism and is director of Tierra Vista Tours & Consulting, based in the Washington, DC area. She has over 20 years of experience in biodiversity conservation and natural areas management, most of which focuses on developing and improving ecotourism as a means for sustainable development. She lived and worked in Ecuador for 5 years and has pursued assignments throughout Latin America. She has worked with CREST on the development of internationally-accepted criteria and methodologies for sustainable tourism certification. She has a Master’s degree in plant ecology from Duke University.

Amanda Stronza, Ph.D.

Amanda is an environmental anthropologist and associate professor at Texas A&M University. Most of her field experience is in the Amazon regions of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, but she has also worked in Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, Antigua, Barbuda, Brazil, Paraguay, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Botswana. Since 1993, she has conducted ethnographic research in one village in the Peruvian Amazon, studying longitudinal effects of ecotourism on local livelihoods, natural resource use, and cultural identity. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, and earned several grants from the National Science Foundation for her research on biodiversity conservation and ecotourism.

Emmanuel Sulle, M.A.

Emmanuel Sulle currently works in Tanzania as an Independent Researcher. For over ten years, he has carried out a variety of research projects commissioned by, or in collaboration with MISERIOR-Germany, Fulbright, Tanzania Natural Resource Forum, Sand County Foundation, and Health and Development International Consultants. He has authored and co-authored a number of research reports on tourism revenue transparency, wildlife management areas, as well as biofuels, land access, and rural livelihoods in Tanzania. His recent co-authored paper, “Tourism in Maasai communities: A chance to improve livelihoods,” was published by the journal of sustainable tourism. His research interest includes empowerment of local communities to retain substantial revenues from tourism investments. Sulle earned his Master’s in Public Policy from the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland College Park, USA in 2012. He has BA in Economics from St. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) obtained in 2008.

Sandra Tassel

Sandra is the President of Look at the Land, a conservation consulting firm based outside of Washington, DC. In her consulting work, she assists local and state governments, nonprofit organizations, and advocates for natural resource protection to develop and implement conservation strategies and programs. Ecotourism is often an element of her projects, especially in Latin America where she has advised community groups, businesses, and NGO’s on markets, communications, business plans, guide training and tourism product development. Sandra is the author of The Conservation Program Handbook: A Guide for Local Government Land Acquisition (Island Press, 2009).

Erick Vargas, M.Sc.

Erick is President of the Costa Rican-based consultancy, Sustainable by Nature. His areas of expertise include ecotourism, land use planning, guiding and interpretation, training in good environmental practices, product design, community tourism products and services, sustainability implementation, environmental impact assessment, and tourism research. Erick led the Costa Rican research team in CREST’s 2-year study of the impacts of large-scale tourism and vacation home development on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. From 1997-2005, he headed the international training and consulting department at the prestigious National Biodiversity Institute (INBio). He holds a Master’s of Ecotourism from the Latin American University of Science and Technology.

Jannelle Wilkins, M.A.

From Costa Rica to Ecuador and the Galapagos, Spain and Mexico, Jannelle Wilkins has implemented a wide range of education and development projects. She has lived in Montevede, Costa Rica for the past four years and until recently directed the Monteverde Institute, an academic and research institution that advances sustainable living, locally and globally, through education, research and collaborative community development programs.  During her tenure as Executive Director, the Institute developed the first ever destination wide Travelers’ Philanthropy program, as well as, co-hosted, with CREST, the 3rd International Conference on Travelers’ Philanthropy as a core component of responsible travel.  While living in Madrid, Spain, Wilkins worked for the World Tourism Organization of the UN and later founded Altamira Tours which specializes in culinary and cultural tours in Spain, Portugal, Chile and Argentina. Wilkins holds a Masters in Public Administration.   

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Partnering Firms:

The Tourism Company

The Tourism Company is a Planning and Management Consulting firm specializing in the tourism industry. Established in 1994, the company is recognized as one of Canada's leading Tourism Planning and Management Consulting firms. The firm has been involved in assignments in all Canadian provinces and territories and in a broad range of international destinations including the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Bolivia, New Zealand, Morocco, Panama, and Jamaica. We attribute our success to two factors. Firstly, we focus on the industry we know best - Tourism. Secondly, the individual areas of expertise of each of our partners combine to create a company greater than the sum of its parts. While each of us shares a passion for the tourism industry we each bring individual talents, insights and experience to the task.

Canopy Development

Canopy is a boutique development firm focused on turnaround advisory and development services for permitted resort projects throughout the western hemisphere. We provide analysis and master planning as well as development and financing services for resort projects that have fallen victim to stalled capital markets. Our specific focus is in turnaround, and we work as a co-developer of permitted resort properties to redesign and finance projects through a sustainable, market-sensitive development approach.

KnightConsult, LLC

KnightConsult, LLC, is owned and operated by Manuel Knight. Mr. Knight works in the fields of master planning, commercial real estate development and action plans for emerging tourism destinations, applying skills such as product conceptualizations, research & analysis of international and domestic markets, building the strategic framework, value chain analysis, market positioning, financial feasibility studies [cash flow analysis] and cost-benefit analysis. He has extensive familiarity with tourism development trends in key tourism arenas including the Mediterranean and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Central America, and Southeast Asia-Indian Ocean basin. He most enjoys preserving and adapting historic districts to serve as tomorrow's distinctive destinations in emerging economies.Speaks fluent Spanish and French.

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