Martha  Honey

Martha Honey

Martha Honey is the Co-Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST). Martha led CREST as the Executive Director for 16 years before transitioning to her project-based role of Director Emeritus in 2019. Over the last two decades, Martha has written and lectured widely on ecotourism, impact tourism, cruise and resort tourism, coastal and marine tourism, climate change, and certification issues. Her books include Coastal Tourism, Sustainability, and Climate Change in the Caribbean, Vol. 1 & 2, and Marine Tourism, Climate Change, and Resilience in the Caribbean, Vol. 1 & 2 (Business Expert Press, 2017), 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 the Executive Producer of CREST’s film, Caribbean ‘Green’ Travel: Your Choices Make a Difference, released in May 2016. Most recently, she has been an editor and author of a new study on cruise tourism, published in Spanish as Por el Mar de las Antillas: 50 Años de Turismo de Cruceros en el Caribe and in English as Cruise Tourism in the Caribbean: Selling Sunshine. Previously, Martha worked for 20 years as a journalist based in East Africa and Central America. She holds a Ph.D. in African history from the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
 

Overtourism to No Tourism: How (and Why) to build a more sustainable tourism industry

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 1:00pm EDT

Before COVID-19 hit, the biggest problem in the world of travel was overtourism. Think of a vacation you’ve had where overflowing crowds were destroying once pristine natural environments and swarms of people were making daily life unbearable for...

Before COVID-19 hit, the biggest problem in the world of travel was overtourism. Think of a vacation you’ve had where overflowing crowds were destroying once pristine natural environments and swarms of people were making daily life unbearable for the local residents. Then, seemingly overnight, tourism nearly ceased. 

There is no question that travel will resume. What’s unknown is, what will it look like when it does? Will we return to a world of overrun monuments, littered beaches, and gridlocked city streets? Or can we build back better?  

This webinar marks the release of Overtourism: Lessons for a Better Future, an edited volume bringing together tourism experts across the spectrum to explore this modern phenomenon. You’ll learn how travel destinations are using the tools that mitigate overtourism to overcome new challenges in the face of COVID-19. Travel enthusiasts and those in the tourism industry will benefit from hearing from the panel as they explore how to integrate responsible recovery and good tourism management. 

Participants include: 

- Martha Honey, Executive Director at The International Ecotourism Society
- Cathy Ritter, former Director at Colorado Tourism Office
- Jonathan Tourtellot, CEO of Destination Stewardship Center
Arnie Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief at Travel Weekly