Mr. Geoff Hyde M.Sc. (Tourism Planning/Development Economics), B.A. (Leisure Planning) is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant of STIL and has 30 years of work experience as a Tourism Development Planner, Project Manager, Technical Adviser and Business Consultant. He has extensive experience working with local indigenous communities, Government department’s, NGO’s and commercial tourism operators and developers throughout the South Pacific, Australia, the Caribbean, Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe. He has advised governments, international development agencies, private companies and SME businesses in the planning, development, investment, marketing and training for tourism enterprises, organisations and destinations.

His background includes work as a specialist tourism sector adviser, mainly funded through the Commonwealth Secretariat, as Tourism Investment Adviser in Tonga 2001 to 2003, Tourism Marketing and Planning Adviser in St. Vincent and the Grenadines 1996 to 1998 and Tourism Development Adviser in Samoa 1991 to 1995. He has completed 150 tourism project assignments in 18 countries, particularly developing island countries, including assignments for the World Bank, ADB, UNWTO, AusAID, NZAID and the European Union.

He has been a specialist lecturer in tourism studies at four universities in Australia and in the MBA program at the University of Fiji. He is also the co-author of three tourism textbooks. He currently lectures part-time and conducts industry training workshops for the Pacific TAFE Centre at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, specialising in Strategic Planning, Project Management and Marketing Management for senior managers in the public and private sectors. He is a Professional Member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the Development Executive Group (Devex).