David Ward-Perkins has been an independent consultant since 2002, with a background in business and economic development. He is an expert in the development of destinations with a strong cultural or environmental character. He has over 30 years' experience in large- and small-scale tourism development projects, throughout Europe, in North America and around the Mediterranean basin. Recent projects of David's have included strategic plans for mountain resorts and coastal areas, for urban fringe regeneration, for major heritage sites and for wildlife reserves. Important components of all these projects have been the consideration of environmental balance and the evaluation of the short and long-term economic impacts of tourism development.
David also teaches part-time at the Centre for Tourism Management of SKEMA Business School (Sophia Antipolis, France), running courses on strategic and sustainable tourism, and destination management.