Scott Wayne, President, SW Associates — Scott has over 25 years of experience in destination development from local to international levels. He has worked on tourism policy, destination planning and strategy on every continent with business, governments and non-governmental organizations in more than 50 countries. Recent experience includes advising the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank and the World Trade Organization on new directions for the tourism sector in multiple countries, helping to establish the tourism industry in Kosovo, creating a national level tourism development and investment strategy for the emerging destination of the Republic of Georgia, sustainable tourism strategy and market development for the World Bank in South East Europe, Regional Competitiveness programs, hotel quality standards systems, and cruise industry strategy. Previously, he headed the North America office of the World Travel & Tourism Council, was the Vice President of an internet travel start-up, and the first Chief of Communications at the UN World Tourism Organization. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the University of Southern California’s Schools of International Relations and Public Policy. Scott also studied at the American University in Cairo, the London School of Economics and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and is the author of numerous articles on tourism development and eight travel books for Lonely Planet and Sierra Club Books.
Dawn Drew, Senior Tourism Market Development and Marketing Expert, SW Associates and is also CEO of M.O.S.T.E., which creates strategic marketing and media programs that communicate tangible, culturally unique and compelling experiences for multiple destinations. Dawn is focused on sustainable travel and developing greater trade and commerce through tourism. She draws from a 25-year career in publishing that included positions with The New York Times Company, The Atlantic Monthly and W magazine. She was Vice President and Publisher of National Geographic Traveler for 16 years and Vice President of National Geographic Society Travel. Dawn participates in the travel industry and has held Board of Director seats and officer positions in numerous organizations, including PATA (Bangkok), US Travel Association (nee: TIA), US Department of Commerce Travel Advisory Board and remains an active and engaged member of PATA. She co-authored the first sustainable tourism study among US travelers and has contributed to several travel textbooks for the University of Colorado. A graduate of Tufts University, Dawn maintains her keen interest in world affairs.
Cheryl Hargrove, President, Hargove International, Inc. and Senior Advisor, SW Associates — Cheryl is a leading authority on cultural tourism and heritage preservation. As the first director of heritage tourism for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Cheryl pioneered the programs that led to national recognition and expansion of this niche market. Under her direction, the National Trust developed the key steps and principles for sustainable tourism. She produced the publication Getting Started: How to Succeed in Heritage Tourism guide and companion video, Preserving the Past…Building the Future. She continues to serve as a consultant to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Heritage Tourism Program as part of the national faculty for the Share Your Heritage (SYH) program. She has leveraged her experience to work with an international network of consultants and clients. Recent work includes: • Assisting the US China Arts Exchange in the Weishan Valley of China to appropriately preserve, interpret and develop the southern silk route. • Conducting cultural heritage tourism and communications seminars in Bosnia-Herzegovina. • Five-year “Roadmap for Tourism and Craft” for the Appalachian Regional Commission. • Media relations program for Travel South USA in the United Kingdom. • The Travel Industry Association of America with opening their first UK office in London. • Marketing plan for HandMade in America’s “Farms, Gardens and Countryside Trails.” She is also author of Cultural Heritage Tourism: Five Steps for Success and Sustainability.
Clive Jones, President of Knowledge Based Consulting Group and Senior Adviser, SW Associates, San Francisco — Clive has over 30 years of experience providing expertise in market and investment analysis, development programming, and database marketing to the attractions, hospitality, entertainment, and tourism industries. Assignments have been worldwide. They include mixed-use real estate projects, hotels and destination resorts, local and National parks, commercial and educational attractions, entertainment retail, the cruise industry, cultural facilities, casinos, special events, tourism master plans, and destination marketing programs. All of these assignments are market driven and focused on creating value. Many of the projects now serve as gathering places for local and regional residents as well as tourists. In 2007-08, he served as the Chief Tourism Investment Adviser for the development of a National Tourism Development and Investment Strategy for Georgia. Clive was born in Wales. He received a BS degree in engineering physics and an MBA degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory during the early days of space exploration and was a Senior Vice President with Economics Research Associates (ERA) for over 25 years. He continues to work with ERA when appropriate. He has also served on the Management, Technology, and Research Committees and Board of the Pacific Asia Travel Association and was a special adviser to the Board of the World Tourism Organization Business Council. He has been a frequent speaker on tourism development trends, new technologies, and database marketing.
Minu Chawla, Founder of RoadsWellTraveled and Senior Associate, SW Associates, Mumbai, India — Minu is an India-based international strategist with experience in Management Consulting, Tourism Strategy and Destination & Product Development. RoadsWellTraveled is a boutique tourism development consultancy that helps destinations, tourism organizations and travel brands articulate their identity through well-crafted and implementable strategies, and authentic and sustainable tourism products. She helped develop Ras Al Khaimah’s (RAK) tourism product master plan, complementing their tourism strategy. While at the Ras Al Khaimah Tourist Development Authority, she also planned and managed the implementation of RAK’s flagship tourism products: Jebel Jais Flight-The World’s Longest Zipline, Jebel Jais Via Ferrata, Jebel Jais Viewing Deck Park, and the rehabilitation and activation of a heritage site of national importance, among others. She also founded a travel-driven social startup that connected artisans across the world with customers through an e-commerce platform, virtual museum and craft-based tourism. Recently, she helped a travel start-up with its product and content strategy, evaluated a cross-border, regional tourism circuit for a multilateral development bank, and developed a concept and product strategy for an upcoming mixed-use development. Minu started her career as a management consultant at the Munich office of LEK Consulting and then with Microsoft India as a Finance and Strategy Analyst. She has a Master of Science from Handelshochschule Leipzig and an MBA from the INCAE Business School, Costa Rica. She has lived in India, Germany, Costa Rica, USA and the UAE. Minu is also a travel, impact and documentary photographer.
Jeff Wasson, Co-Founder and CEO, Voice Activated Living and Senior Adviser, SW Associates — Jeff is an online entrepreneur and leader with experience in all phases of corporate and overall business development from start-up to operation as a public entity. He is the Founder and Co-CEO of a new service start-up, Voice Activated Living, which enables people to stay connected to family and friends via Amazon’s Alexa and Googgle’s Nest Hub. Previously, he was the Founder and CEO of Gusto LLC which operated a travel community website www.gusto.com, a social networking-based travel site. He also co-founded and sold one of the first internet-based travel services companies, TravelNow.com, which provides hotel, car and air reservations to customers worldwide. He bootstrapped the business from start-up to public-company status with minimal capital resources. To grow the business into $144 million of bookings, he attracted and led a team of experienced corporate executives and technical experts. Jeff raised more than $5 million of capital from private investors, venture capital firms and hedge funds. TravelNow subsequently attained a NASDAQ Small Cap listing in 2000 without the use of an investment banker and was sold for $47.4 million to Hotels.com, a subsidiary of Expedia. He has also served on various boards of both public and private companies as well as non profit organizations. Jeff has a BA degree in Travel and Tourism.