Hi - thank you for the interesting online meet-up a few weeks back!
I'm British, but now living and working in Hokkaido, Japan.
Been here for over 20 years, language teaching, writing, editing, narrating.
Now I work for Hokkaido Nature Tours
I'm a guide for HNT, and I also write its social media posts.
This follows years of Hokkaido tourism-support activity - both paid or local government organisations/private clients, and as a volunteer on Trip Advisor and as a Couch Surfing host.
Hokkaido has exploded as a Must Go destination in recent years, but that brings issues of over-crowding and eco damage. So, I am looking forward to learning more about these important issues from other members.
Hi Aaron, Great to be able to chat with you. University of Sunshine Coast has just produced a wildlife tourism publication for UNWTO "Sustainable Development on wildlife tourism for Asia and the Pacific " showcasing many case studies including Borneo Eco Tours. I hope to see you in Sabah in the near future. https://www.e-unwto.org/doi/pdf/10.18111/9789284421572?fbclid=IwAR2C43Q2lJvFuT55oLw41-MBmNQcuNGKox_vGot6ewo5Kh29onItfMithfw
Hi Aaron, it's great to get to know you on-line and thanks for supporting our program a number of times. Mallika is also based in Singapore but at times in Australia, you two may want to introduce each other.
Hi everyone, my name is Dr Aaron Tham and I am a lecturer and program coordinator of the tourism, leisure and events major at the University of the Sunshine Coast. I was born and raised in Singapore, but have spent the last 10 years in Australia (Melbourne, now Brisbane). My teaching and research interests are in emerging technologies, event legacies and destination branding and cultures. I seek to leverage on ecotourism potential as a valuable tool to bring together desired outcomes for governments, academia and industry.