Over the last two decades, Dr. Honey has written and lectured widely on ecotourism, Travelers' Philanthropy, cruise and resort tourism, and certification issues. 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 is currently writing a book on coastal and cruise tourism (Selling Sunshine, Island Press, 2016). Previously, Honey worked for 20 years as a journalist based in East Africa (Tanzania) and Central America (Costa Rica). She holds a Ph.D. in African history from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She was Executive Director of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) from 2003 to 2006. Honey was profiled in Branded!, Michael Conroy's book on certification (New Society Publishers, 2007) and was named one of the world's Top 10 eco- and sustainable-travel "watchdogs" by Condé Nast Traveler in 2008.
Samantha Hogenson is the managing director at the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), providing administrative, research, and consulting support for a wide-range of sustainable tourism projects. A native of the rural Missouri, she grew up with an appreciation for the charm of small-town communities and the unspoiled environment. This, combined with the opportunity to travel internationally and throughout the United States during her childhood, had a profound impact on Samantha's view of global citizenship and the power of sense of place. Also a lover of performing and visual arts and their contribution to culture, Samantha earned a degree in Entertainment Management, with an emphasis in performing arts management, from Missouri State University.
During her time at Missouri State, Samantha also had the opportunity to become one of the world's first students of geotourism. She went on to apprentice under Jonathan Tourtellot, the director of the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations, and obtain a Master of Tourism Administration from the George Washington University School of Business, with a concentration in sustainable destination development. She is a strong advocate for sustaining and enhancing our world’s cultures and environments through travel, and using tourism as a mechanism for community empowerment. Samantha has worked with the American Society of Travel Agents and the National Tour Association and is a trained Climate Reality Leader.
Antu is a graduate from Barry University in Miami, Florida. He majored in criminology with a focus on environmental justice. He is currently interested in international sustainable tourism and is looking forward to starting graduate school in the Washington, DC area. He has visited Africa, North America, Bahamas, Europe, and the U.K. He is originally from Ethiopia and would like to use his education to give back to his country.
Antu realized that the lack of education is the main contribution to the destruction of his home country. Much of Ethiopia is dealing with deforestation. Many households are cutting down trees for firewood to cook with. The problem is that they are not replanting and being sustainable. Families are inhaling fumes that are not healthy, which are damaging their health as well as their livestock/ country. With solar and reusable energy, lives will positively change and benefit the people. Many know Ethiopia as being predominately poor but not many people know that Ethiopia is the only African country never to have been brought under colonial control. Ethiopia also is known for being the birthplace of humanity as well as having natural resources ranging from gold, platinum, to even extensive hydropower potential.
His passion for giving back to his country is the drive for his studies in sustainable tourism. He believes that every country has different cultures and beliefs but by being blessed to travel one is able to learn and come together as one. Sustainable tourism positively helps the country being visited as well as the people who are visiting.
Jessica is currently in her last semester at the College of Charleston, graduating in May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and Business Administration. She first became interested in sustainable tourism through involvement with Global Brigades voluntourism in Honduras. Global Brigades works with impoverished villages to promote sustainable long term development, teaching volunteers the importance of sustainability and the necessary protection of host communities. Jessica also spent last year completing an international exchange program at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands. She spent the year studying European culture and international humanitarian action, while also taking advantage of the opportunity to travel while abroad. Visiting over a dozen countries and meeting people from all over the world spurred Jessica’s passion for global travel and commitment to protecting the many natural treasures of the world that traditional tourism threatens to overtake.
Jessica hopes to continue traveling throughout her career, and believes that involvement with sustainable tourism will allow her to have a positive impact on vulnerable destinations as well as future travelers. She is currently conducting an independent study on the development of sustainable tourism in Cuba in the wake of lifted U.S. travel restrictions, and is increasingly interested in CREST’s work in Cuba and the Caribbean. She plans to continue her education through post-graduate coursework in sustainability policy and international sustainable tourism management. She strives towards goals of working internationally with sustainability policy for underdeveloped countries. Jessica is thrilled with the opportunity to be involved with CREST, and looks forward to a future in this industry.
Helena is a postgraduate student at Aalborg University Copenhagen in Denmark and will be graduating with her Master's in Tourism, with a specialization in Global Tourism Development, in June 2017. After her Bachelor studies in Tourism & Travel Management in Germany, with a focus on business administration in tourism, and an internship at RIU Hotels & Resorts in Spain, she felt the need to engage deeper with the cultural and environmental aspects of tourism to gain a more holistic view on the development and the impacts of tourism.
While travelling through South-East Asia in 2015, Helena could observe the power tourism can have in a positive, as well as in a negative, way. This reinforced her interest in promoting tourism as a tool to support the local culture and economy and to preserve the environment, which is why she decided to focus her graduate studies on the development of sustainable tourism practices. During her studies, she has dealt with topics like community-based tourism and tourism development in developing countries, and she is excited to expand her knowledge and gain practical insights into these fields with CREST.
Ignacio is a senior at Insituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, in Mexico, and will graduate with a Bachelor´s degree in International Business in December 2017. He felt the need to contribute to helping the environment at a global scale when he first understood the implications of uncontrolled human action. Since then, he has been very interested in the use of clean energy and diminishing the use of polluting energy sources.
He is also interested in poverty alleviation and cultural understanding. As he was raised in Chihuahua, México, he became aware of the poverty of the indigenous people of his state, which encouraged him to search for a solution to support them in increasing their life quality. Ignacio is motivated by the premise that poverty rates can be decreased via responsible tourism and cultural appreciation. It is his understanding that without raising awareness among the global society, the reduction of both pollution and poverty rates is not possible. After becoming aware of the capabilities and challenges of the indigenous people in his state, Ignacio has been increasingly interested in new ways to promote what indigenous people have to share with the world. He has joined CREST through The Washington Center this semester to learn to apply tourism to both of these areas of interest.