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International Tourism Expert to Speak June 22nd

Meet the Father of Ecotourism, Costas Christ

Transforming our Region into an International Destination

Mobile, AL - 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.

His media appearances include Travel Channel, Good Morning America, National Geographic Channel, NatGeo Weekend, BBC World, CNN International, FOX News, National Public Radio and several film documentaries. Costas has served as a senior advisor to CEOs, nonprofit organizations, government officials and heads of state to achieve tourism development success based on a model of doing well by doing good.

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.



Coastal Conversations is a platform for citizens to engage with experts who will provide leading edge information and share big ideas. Our goal is to expand awareness of issues, to increase knowledge of best practices and to inspire positive change. Coastal Conversations’ mission is to improve quality of life for all residents of our region through bringing in world-class speakers, assessing community perceptions and presenting a community dashboard.

Coastal Conversations is a program of Coastal Alabama Partnership. For more details, visit or contact the team at


Gulf Quest Maritime Museum (Ticket required; Limited capacity) –

ONLINE – YouTube broadcast link for LIVE event -

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