Ross Corbett provides consulting services in tourism development throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Indo-Pacific region. He brings over 20 years international experience, insight and award-winning projects to developing and developed destinations.

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Ross’s clients include international development agencies, national, local and regional governments, private companies, financial institutions and indigenous people corporations. He has a rare combination of successful public, private and NGO sector experience.

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Since founding and helping to grow a successful international consulting company based in New Zealand and Australia, Ross has moved on to a freelance career. In this capacity, he continues to be excited by and enjoys working with sustainable tourism destinations and organisations.

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Resilient Pacific Tourism

A career highlight is the current work we are undertaking for the New Zealand International Development Cooperation Programme, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Working alongside Professor Susanne Becken (Griffith University), Professor Regina Sheyvens, Dr Api...

Marine Plastics Pollution on Key Blue Economy Sectors in the Pacific

Marine plastics and other solid waste threaten the environment, economy and society in the Pacific Islands. If plastic production and waste generation continue to grow at current rates, the annual mass of mismanaged plastic waste in the marine environment has been...

Lao Landscapes and Livelihoods Project

Running for 6 years between 2021 and 2027, the Lao Landscapes and Livelihoods project will promote sustainable forest management, improve protected area management, and enhance livelihood opportunities in selected landscapes in Lao PDR. Funded primarily through the...

Upgrade to the Cultural Village Attraction in Samoa

There are very few examples of organised cultural attractions, also known as cultural centres, in the Pacific. Samoa looks set to add another with its plans to upgrade and expand its existing Cultural Village on the Apia Waterfront. Conceptual drawings for an expanded...

Digital Transformation for Tourism in the Pacific

The Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is embarking on an ambitious and much-needed project to transform the way in which tourism is marketed, planned and managed. Over the next four years, SPTO will be working closely with its 20 member states around the Pacific,...

Lao Tourism Standards

Over 60 ASEAN Tourism Standards have been awarded in Laos since 2008 for Community Based Tourism, Green Hotels, Homestay, MICE Venues, Spa Services, Public Toilets and Clean Tourist City categories. And more awards will be coming as the Lao Ministry of Information,...

Myanmar Tourism Destination Planning Academy

The Hanns-Seidel Foundation has supported responsible tourism, community development and the growth of democracy in Myanmar for many years. The Foundation is a key partner of Myanmar’s Responsible Tourism Institute whose aim is to support responsible tourism...

Vanuatu Tourism Programme

In 2019, I teamed up with Dr Calvin Scott from Allen and Clarke, New Zealand to evaluate a five-year, $18 million programme to support the tourism sector in Vanuatu. Funded primarily through the New Zealand Aid Programme, important partner contributions were also made...

Xieng Khouang Museum

What started as a run-down leaky building has been transformed into one of the best little museums in South East Asia. It was a memorable experience working alongside museum and heritage experts Dr Linda McIntosh and Rik Ponne, our project team in the Lao Department...

Differentiating Destinations: Challenges in the South Pacific

How do you set yourself apart in an ocean of similar destinations? That’s one of many challenges that Pacific Island destinations and those in the Caribbean face. To shed some light on this issue, a new piece of market research was commissioned in 2020 by the New...