On Tuesday, June 22nd at 6:30pm internationally known, ecotourism expert, Costas Christ will present “The Transformation of Travel” as part of the ongoing Coastal Conversations speaker series. Christ’s presentation and discussion will address the power of sustainable tourism to make the world (and our region) better. With a dynamic career spanning decades, Costas has gained many titles: Ecotourism Pioneer, Sustainable Tourism Visionary, Award-Winning National Geographic Travel Writer – to name a few – and his life’s work has helped shape the world of travel and tourism as we know it today. In 1991, Costas helped to officially define ecotourism for the first time as “Responsible travel to natural areas that protects nature and sustains the well-being of local people.” He then worked to introduce these same principles into the global travel industry, helping to establish sustainable tourism based on three key pillars: environmentally friendly practices; protection of natural and cultural heritage; and social and economic benefits for local people. He was honored together with Dr. Jane Goodall for his lifelong work to protect the environment and was also recognized as a “Tourism Visionary” by the International Restaurant and Hotel Awards. This presentation is FREE and open to all residents of Mobile and Baldwin counties who are encouraged to watch the presentation on Facebook or YouTube LIVE. A limited number of tickets are available to the in-person presentation at Gulf Quest Maritime Museum.