BANGKOK—Internationally acclaimed sustainable tourism expert Costas Christ is to join Six Senses as sustainability ambassador, it was announced by Six Senses’ president, Bernhard Bohnenberger.
Highly respected as a global pioneer of eco-tourism, Costas helped to officially define the term as a founding member and former chairman of the International Ecotourism Society. NBC Today Show’s travel editor said, “For the past 30 years, Costas Christ has been at the leading edge of the green travel movement, since way before it was ever called ‘green’ or even a movement.”
The announcement of Costas’ role follows the recent appointment of Amber Marie Beard as vice president sustainability for Six Senses, further highlighting the commitment of Six Senses to the environment and the communities in which it operates. As sustainability ambassador Costas will advise the vice president sustainability and represent the company as its global spokesperson on sustainable tourism.
“We are at a new turning point as more travel businesses and destinations adopt sustainable tourism principles to help safeguard our planet and deliver tangible benefits to local communities,” commented Costas. “I look forward to supporting Six Senses in their commitment to advance these efforts worldwide.”
Has Traveled to More Than 100 Countries
Costas’ work has taken him to more than 100 countries across six continents.
Since 2004, he has also served as the chairman for the World Travel and Tourism Council-Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, which recognize sustainable tourism best practices.
An award-winning writer, Costas’s articles and essays have appeared in many of the world’s top publications, including National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, and Sunday Times of London. He is a frequent guest on television and radio, with appearances on Travel Channel, Good Morning America, CNN International, BBC World, National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Weekend.
As former senior director for Conservation International, Costas supervised sustainable tourism projects supporting poverty alleviation and the protection of biodiversity across the globe. He was appointed during the Clinton Administration to serve as Peace Corps country director in Uganda to help rebuild that country’s tourism industry. In 2012, Costas was recognized with Richard Branson, Ted Turner, and Jane Goodall as one of 53 sustainability visionaries working to save the planet.
Six Senses’ president, Bernhard Bohnenberger said, “We are honored to have Costas serve as our sustainability ambassador as we enter a new and exciting phase of growth for Six Senses, while staying true to our founding principle of care for the environment, support for the well-being of local communities, and helping to protect cultural and natural heritage for future generations.”
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