Monday, 11 July, 2011 16:36
Dear fellow GSTC members:
This is Jorge De Vicente. It was very nice meeting many of you at the GSTC Membership Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain. To those of you who could not make it, you missed a wonderful selection of paellas…I still dream of them!!
As a candidate to the GSTC Board, I will very much appreciate your vote. I do have the passion and the right experience and skill-set to be an effective member of the GSTC Board. If elected, you can be sure I’ll work tirelessly to widen the reach and influence of the GSTC ant to ensure transparency and accountability.
Below is a snapshot of my credentials to help you in your voting decision. if you have any questions, please feel free to forward them to my email address: jorgedevicente (at) gmail.com
orge presenting at Stanford University's Coastal Tourism Innovators Symposyum, January 2010
Jorge De Vicente is a hands-on, no-nonsense sustainable tourism development specialist based in Washington DC who is not afraid to speak his mind. He has extensive experience advising governments, the private sector, and NGOs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Jorge has worked for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), and the International Ecotourism Society (TIES).
Jorge has been a champion of the GSTC initiative since its inception. Building on the GSTC, Jorge led in 2009 and 2010 the development of the “IDB Tourism Sustainability Scorecard”, an online bilingual tool designed to prioritize public and private sector investments in sustainable tourism projects, as well as evaluate their potential for local economic development and poverty alleviation. Since the Scorecard draws on the GSTC and best tourism sustainability practices, it is in fact applicable to tourism projects anywhere in the world !!
Jorge after a fact finding mission to document unsustainable tourism practices in DR July 2008
Jorge is also the author of the first comprehensive analysis of the Challenges for Sustainable Tourism in the Dominican Republic. He has also coauthored the report “Alternative development models and best practices for sustainable coastal tourism: A framework for decision-makers in Mexico.” In addition, Jorge has advised Island Outpost, a world-class collection of boutique hotels on business opportunities to link organic, fine cocoa and sustainable tourism in Jamaica.
Jorge likes to practice what he preaches by making sustainable tourism vacation choices as much as I can.
If elected to the GSTC Board, Jorge will work with the other members to make sure we advance the GSTC’s goals and objectives in a transparent and accountable manner. Going forward, I think it’s very important to:
*Engage governments as actively as possible so that their short-term horizons can be reconciled with true sustainable tourism development.
*Make tourism sustainability a priority item on the international sustainable development agenda (too often, the critical role of tourism to help conservation and alleviate poverty is too readily dismissed by policy makers or simply ignored!!)
*Enhance GSTC’s positioning and brand recognition with tourism stakeholders worldwide.
Last but not least, Jorge is also a member of the Board of Zuvy.org, an innovative Spanish social enterprise promoting sustainable tourism choices among Spaniards and other EU citizens.
Jorge holds a B.A. cum laude from Macalester College and a M.A. in International Affairs from The Fletcher School/Tufts University. He’s fluent in English and Spanish, and proficient in French. Born in Barcelona, Jorge is a Spanish citizen.