Dr Paul Rogers
Paul has 20 years’ experience as a senior tourism advisor to national and local tourism organisations. He has worked extensively in Nepal, Bhutan, Laos and the GMS, with the last 4 years centred upon policy and practice in Myanmar, where he was team leader for the Myanmar Tourism Master Plan. North Korea, North-West Africa and Australia are among other career high-points.
His focus has been in the policy and planning arena – on using tourism as a vehicle for development.
Prior to his ten years of destination consulting work, Paul worked for five years as a Senior Tourism Advisor to the Lao National Tourism Administration for SNV Lao PDR. Over this time, he prepared a national eco-tourism strategy and advised a multi-stakeholder taskforce created to oversee the strategy’s implementation.
Core skills and qualifications
Paul’s passion for this field began with a life-changing backpacker experience to Nepal’s Everest Basecamp in 1989. He completed his PhD on ‘Tourism, Development and Change in the Sagarmatha National Park and its Environs’ in 1997 (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), and in 2002 secured £3 million from the UK’s DfID for HMG Nepal’s Tourism for Rural Poverty Alleviation Programme.
He is versatile, respectful and an astute listener. He’s a strong networker and team player with a solid international reputation for producing state of the art multi-disciplined strategies and plans that are centred round tourism.
Ongoing work in Bhutan reignited Paul’s interest in the happiness, wellbeing and ‘beyond GDP’ agenda – which feature heavily in ‘big-picture’ projects and networks he’s engaged with. These are central to the design and delivery of all the assignments he’s involved with.