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The nonprofit Destination Stewardship Center is a growing community of people involved in the intersection between tourism and stewardship of places. Our team seeks additional participants who meet our qualifications, as well as potential partners, sponsors, and “Destination Monitors” for specific places, especially World Heritage destinations.
Jonathan Tourtellot, Founder, Sponsor, and Portal Editor in Chief. I specialize in sustainable tourism and destination stewardship, as a journalist, editor, and consultant. With the support of my patient wife, Sally Bensusen, I originated the concept of geotourism as defined by National Geographic: “Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.” I founded and ran National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations for nine years. There we instituted the National Geographic Geotourism MapGuide program and the landmark Destination Stewardship surveys published in National Geographic Traveler, 2004-2010. I continue to serve as Geotourism Editor for Traveler and contributor to National Geographic NewsWatch. I speak and hold workshops on destination stewardship and the geotourism approach around the world.
Tamara Olton, Associate Portal Editor/writer, Ecotourism page editor. When not exploring the world myself, I help others travel while working as a travel agent. Over time, I realized how travel, when conducted unsustainably, can harm the destinations in which tourist enjoy and began to focus on sustainable travel and ecotourism. I received an MA from Michigan State University focusing on the use of small scale, low-impact tourism as an incentive in conserving endangered wildlife in developing communities. I have lived in both Cambodia and Costa Rica while learning more about wildlife focused and eco-centered tourism, and look forward to applying these experiences towards the concept of sense of place while working with the Destination Stewardship Center.
Kathryn Warnes, Gastronomy page editor, social media and heritage tourism advisor. I take joy in exploring the world, my neighborhood, and my kitchen. The character of place is made of many elements—architecture, food, music, nature—interwoven with traditions and customs. I believe protecting these qualities and supporting them through sustainable business practices is good not only for the places they embody but for humanity. I earned a master’s degree from The George Washington University in sustainable destination management, work to preserve places with the National Park Service, and founded a company to teach the importance of cooking with local food. Tourism has a great power to bring people together and I work to form those connections through historic preservation, interpretation, heritage tourism, and, yes, gathering people around the table.
Page Editors and Program Advisors
Andy Dumaine—Sustainable community-based tourism development; Marketing Advisor.
Samantha Hogensen, Academia Page Editor, Internships Advisor, Assistant to the Founder emeritus. Managing director at the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), geotourism degree holder from Missouri State University, & MTA from George Washington University. A lover of all things travel!
Eugene Kim—Voluntourism Page Editor.
Lucy Matthews—Heritage Tourism Page Editor. Master’s degree in Tourism, Environment & Development from King’s College London with a focus on cultural heritage.
Evan Tipton—Online Marketing & Social Media Advisor; adventure travel liaison.
Cindy Whelan—Managerial Advisor; ecotourism liaison.
(Note—Resource pages with no bio box are edited by Jonathan Tourtellot)
Arild Molstad, advising journalist, conservationist, and tourism consultant, based in Norway and France. Author of Last-Chance Destinations: A Guide to Sustainable Tourism.
Kit Carstens, retired businessman and philanthropic-investment consultant for impact investors and geotouristic enterprises. I’ve spent over 30 years founding and developing EDC’s locally and overseas, I bring to the table a skill set that includes the right mix of passion and practicality with the ultimate goal of having a financially successful development. I provide a communication link between the sustainable industry and the potential developer.
Timothy Greenleaf, founding webmaster and technical adviser. I specialize in applying user-centered design, content strategy, and technology to produce high-impact issue advocacy campaigns, editorial features, and e-commerce web applications designed to inform, engage, and persuade users to act.
Contributors and Page Editors
(Note—Pages with no bio box are edited by Jonathan Tourtellot)