Responsible Travel Expert Dr. Martha Honey to Keynote at TBEX Cancun

Dr. Martha Honey, a preeminent expert on responsible/sustainable travel and eco-tourism, will be the opening Keynote Speaker at TBEX Cancun.

mhheadshot11110.bestDr. Honey is the co-founder and Director of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), and heads up the Washington, D.C. office. She has written and lectured widely on ecotourism, Travelers’ Philanthropy, cruise/resort tourism, and certification issues. She is currently writing her third book, looking at coastal and cruise tourism (Selling Sunshine, Island Press, 2015).

Before founding CREST, Dr. Honey spent 20 years as a journalist in East Africa and Central America. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She was Executive Director of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) from 2003-2006, and named one of world’s top 10 eco/sustainable-travel “watchdogs” (CondeNast Traveler, 2008).

We’re looking forward to kicking off TBEX Cancun with a discussion about the issues of responsible/sustainable tourism with Dr Honey, who is not only an expert in the field, but as someone who brings the journalist’s eye to the issues.

The keynote format will feature a presentation by Dr. Honey, followed by an interview conducted by Bret Love of Green Global Travel, who specializes in eco-tourism related issues. There will be time for audience questions and answers.

We hope you’ll join us for this informative keynote as we discuss the issues of the day in responsible/sustainable tourism and the role of the tourism industry, travel consumers, and the media.

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7 Responses
    1. Mary Jo Manzanares

      I don’t think Dr. Honey will be issuing a public statement regarding TBEX programming. She is aware of the dolphin controversy among our community, and I expect she’ll cover that in her keynote presentation.

    1. Mary Jo Manzanares

      She’s an expert in the field, with the training of a journalist, so I’m expecting a great discussion about this important tourism topic.

  1. There’s a lot more to responsibility or sustainability than how we treat anaimals. I hope we’ll have soem discussion of the ethics of:

    (1) The impact of air travel on global warming, and what that measn both for travellers (incluidng us, flying to Cancun) and for destinations (including Cancun) that depend largely or wholey on visitors arriving by air. I’ve written aboyut this here: and it will also be on the agencda at the SXSW Eco sustainability conference in October:

    (2) Conditions for workers in hotels, resorts, and perhaps especially on cruise ships (were workers are protected only by minimum wage and other labor laws, if any, of the country of the ship’s flag of convenience). Is there such a thing as “fair trade” tourism?

    (3) The eimpact and ethics of all-inclusive travel apckages, as targeted by Tourism Concern’s campaign in the UK:—excluding-local-people.html (I think this is actually not just a question of, “All-inclusive or not?”, but a continuum form all-inclusive to pre-booked but not entirely inclusive packages to independent pay-as-you-go travel.)

    I’m glad this issue is on the TBEX agenda.

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