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  Hitesh Mehta - Ecotourism Physical Planner

Hitesh Mehta


Mr. Mehta is one of the world’s leading authorities, practitioners and researchers on ecotourism physical planning and both the landscape architectural and architectural aspects of ecolodges. Mr. Mehta has extensive international work experience with a portfolio of projects in Egypt, China, Bali, Dominica, Saudi Arabia, India, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Brazil, DR Congo, Indonesia, Mexico, Turks and Caicos, Madagascar, Galapagos, Gabon, Fiji, Bahamas, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, USA and Puerto Rico.

He is the main editor of the highest selling book in ecotourism -  International Ecolodge Guidelines and the author of the chapters on “Site Planning” and “Architectural Design”. Mr. Mehta regularly conducts research on international trends in Ecolodges and is currently writing a new book on Authentic Ecolodges. He sits on the Executive Board of The International Ecotourism Society, advisory boards of Adventure Council, Green Travel Magazine and BIOSFERA (Brazilian Environmental Society), and is one of the founding members of The Ecotourism Society of Kenya. Mr. Mehta is also the International Advisor for the Japan Ecolodge Association.

Mr. Mehta is/was selected to be a judge and on-site inspector for the Tourism for Tomorrow (WTTC), World Legacy Awards for Heritage Tourism and Ecotourism (National Geographic/Conservation International), Ecotourism Awards (Conde Nast Traveler) and Green Hotelier Awards (Caribbean Hotel Association).

Mr. Mehta has a distinguished history in academia. Apart from being an adjunct professor at several universities in Southern Florida, he was also the Chairman of Landscape Architecture Section, Department of Architecture, University of Nairobi and conducted studios in sustainable planning and design for five years. Currently, Mr. Mehta conducts one-of-a kind Ecolodge Planning and Design Workshops and Charettes (for George Washington University and The International Ecotourism Society) around the world and which are attended by, amongst others Deans, Professors and Students.

Mr. Mehta is also a Professional Photographer and a Ex-Cricket Captain of Kenya. In July 2006, National Geographic Adventure magazine identified Mr. Mehta as one of five Sustainable Tourism Pioneers in the world. In July 2005 Mr. Mehta was named by Men’s Journal, a New York based Magazine as the "25 Most Powerful People in Adventure" in the world.

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