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.
A California native and graduate of U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Davis School of Law, Eugene is currently on sabbatical in Spain, where she is working at a bilingual public school in Madrid. Previously, Eugene worked as a policy advocate for nonprofit organizations to promote sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and healthy food access in underserved communities. While sustainability and community development are important to Eugene, her interest in those areas extends, ultimately, to the preservation and empowerment of local places and communities. As an avid traveler in North America and beyond, a former volunteer English teacher in Ecuador, a hiking and outdoor enthusiast, and an active participant in online travel communities, among other things, Eugene has a deep interest in promoting community development and sustainability through volunteering, educational exchange, outdoor adventures, gastronomy, the arts, and the sharing economy. She is excited to be a part of CREST's efforts and aims to move her professional life into the world of sustainable travel.
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.
Jill is the director of CARE for the Cape & Islands, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Science in Food, Hotel and Tourism Management from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her work in the hotel industry brought her to Boston and Cape Cod 25 years ago where she fell in love with the ocean. She was Sales Director for Group Tour Magazine representing New England and Eastern Canada for fifteen years. Jill is Past President and Scholarship Chair of Cape Cod Hospitality Marketing Association.
She founded and led Single Volunteers of Cape Cod for five years, connecting volunteers with local nonprofit organizations. A growing concern for the wellbeing of her surroundings sent her back to school to earn her Master of Tourism Administration, Sustainable Destination Management from The George Washington University. Her degree and an internship with CREST led her to found CARE (Creating A Responsible Environment) for the Cape and Islands in 2012, a Travelers' Philanthropy program committed to engaging others in the stewardship and long-term sustainability of our region. CREST is its fiscal sponsor.
Jill is an Adjunct Instructor at Cape Cod Community College, co-chair of her town’s Recycling and Solid Waste Committee, an advocate to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, and most recently, Jill has been trained as a Climate Reality Leader through Al Gore's Climate Reality Project.