Regenerative Tourism Practitioner, Subject Matter Expert; Curriculum and Nonprofit Program Designer (20 years); Global Leadership and Sustainable Development; Professor, TIM,...
Entrepreneurs + Culture + Environment = Impact
Rooted in Indigenous values of stewardship, the Regenerative Tourism model of community economic development has been adopted by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, a statewide government entity, as an overall Regenerative Tourism strategy and a branding and destination management initiative to protect and preserve the future of the destination with repeat visitors.
Concurrently in 2021, Cordova and the Cordova Chamber of Commerce adopted a Regenerative Tourism destination strategy and vision as a means to add healthy economic opportunity that supports existing industries while strengthening ecological and cultural assets and initiatives.
What is Regenerative Tourism?
Also known as Community-Based Tourism, Regenerative Tourism centers around the idea that there is an opportunity for visitors to improve a destination. Rooted in Indigenous values of stewardship; it addresses impacts holistically, from destination and community perspectives as well as environmental. This approach seeks to address community needs by working together with and building up the local cultures and ecosystem as well as the current industries and businesses through visitor opportunities that promote cultural revitalization, environmental restoration, and hyper-local spending, as well as growing regenerative industries.
We believe the sourcepoint of unimaginable challenges can also be the conditions to inspire resilience, innovation, and positive change.
With a shared heritage of beautiful and sacred surroundings,
This trans-Pacific effort supports community-driven economic development for regenerative impact experiences that embrace the culture and desires of people and place. There will be a particular emphasis on support for the Hawaiian Island of Maui which has sustained devastating loss due to recent wildfires, and Cordova, Alaska, with Regenerative Tourism and Blue Economy strategies that will continue to sustain recovery since the Exxon-Valdez oil spill and other complications to local industries.
This innovative Alaska-Hawaiʻi Impact Studio will result in:
New Activity Offerings
that provide engaging opportunities to support the local culture and economy
that strengthens connections between Native groups in Hawai’i and Alaska
through healthy economic diversification that supports existing industries and cultures
through built-in opportunities for visitors to support local ecological and cultural revitalization efforts
economic, ecological, and cultural strength to endure challenges and rise to new opportunities
Professional Certification in Sustainable Tourism Destination Management, George Washington University; Local Alaska Chamber of the Year recipient, 2023; Top Forty...