Selected Consulting projects since 2015

Technical assistance to promote recovery of the tourism activity in the aftermath of the lockdown, regaining consumer confidence and building resilience in the tourism sector in the Republic of Maldives

Country: Maldives

Technical assistance project implemented by Reformatics LLC

Funding: JICA / UNWTO

Duration: 11/2021 - ongoing

Role: International expert for statistics and measurement in tourism


The aim of this international donor-funded project is to assess the current impacts of COVID-19 on tourism in the Maldives, develop recommendations for improved monitoring, and for building a more resilient and sustainable tourism system.



Update of the Wadden Sea Quality Status Report on Tourism

Countries: Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands

Funding: Common Wadden Sea Secretariat

Duration: 08/2021 - 07/2022

Role: co-author (assessment of the current status of tourism in the German part of the Trilateral Wadden Sea Region)


Quality Status Reports on various topics periodically assess the current status of the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site, identifying changes, issues of concern, and opportunities for sustainable development.



The following consulting assignments were carried out as permanent staff member of GFA Consulting Group:


Transboundary biosphere reserve Prespa: economic impact assessment of tourism in the Prespa national park

Country: Albania

Funding: KfW Entwicklungsbank

Duration: 08/2019 - 03/2020

Role: International expert for tourism and regional development


This study assessed economic impacts of tourism for the local economy based on visitor survey data and input-output modeling. The aim was to gain insights into existing visitor numbers, structures and expenditures, as well as to determine tourism's economic significance as an ecosystem service.



Development of a tourism strategy for the Kundelungu-Upemba National Parks

Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Funding: KfW Entwicklungsbank

Duration: 03/2018 - 03/2019

Role: International expert for sustainable tourism development


During this assignment, a tourism strategy for the Upemba-Kundelungu National Park Complex was developed. The strategy was based on an extensive fieldwork to identify and evaluate potential attractions, stakeholder mappings, interviews with key actors, and desk research. It focused on recommendations for organic growth, infrastructure and product development, marketing, and concession models.



Economic impact assessment of tourism in Georgian protected areas

Country: Georgia

Funding: KfW Entwicklungsbank

Duration: 08/2017 - 03/2018

Role: International expert for tourism and protected area finance


This study assessed the economic significance of tourism as ecosystem service in four protected areas in Georgia. Activities included demand-side surveys on visitor structures and expenditures, and the caclucation of economic impacts based on regionalized input-output models. The aims were, inter alia, to support Georgia's Agency of Protected Areas and the Ministry of Environment with sound data on the economic value of nature conservation, and to establish benchmarks for future monitoring.