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13 Jan, 2017

Les Clark, Tourism Planning Consultant, Greater Mekong Subregion

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.


Date and Place of Birth: November 1, 1950, Wellington, New Zealand

Marital Status: Twice married with one son

Education: University of Auckland, 1970-73; Colorado State University, 1977-78; University of Surrey 1985-86.


1986 – 2004: Partner, Tourism Resource Consultants.

2004 – 2008: Director, Tourism Resource Consultants Ltd

2008 – 2013: Senior Associate, TRC Tourism Ltd

2013 – present: independent consultant and Senior Associate of TRC Tourism Ltd

Other Positions /Awards:

As principal staff consultant in tourism with Asian Development Bank (ADB), for the first twelve years of the Great Mekong Subregion (GMS) program (1993 to 2004) helped the six countries of the GMS (Cambodia, the PRC, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam) build programs for subregional cooperation in tourism.  

Also for ADB, from 2004 to 2008, took the GMS model to South Asia, working with India, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sir Lanka on a South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Tourism Development Plan and subsequently led projects to implement the plan. 

Worked elsewhere throughout Asia and the Pacific – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, PR China, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam – on tourism masterplans, development plans for sensitive tourism sites and the design and implementation of pro-poor tourism development projects.