Chris Seek is a sustainable tourism and marketing specialist with more then 15 years of experience working in the tourism industry. Chris has helped more then 50 tourism destinations and 1000 tourism enterprises develop and market visitor experiences that support biodiversity conservation, cultural heritage preservation, and the well being of local residents.
Chris is the president and CEO of Solimar International, one of the world’s leading sustainable tourism development firms. Chris oversees the strategic direction of the company while ensuring all of Solimar’s clients are able to connect to the tourism market. Based in Washington DC, Chris manages Solimar’s work with international development organizations, national tourism authorities, and strategic partners including National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).
In addition to his work at Solimar, Chris is an executive in residence at George Washington University and serves on the board of directors for Tourism Cares, the philanthropy arm of the US travel and tourism industry. In Washington DC, Chris helped establish the 11th St Business Alliance and the Columbia Heights Initiative to support local destination management.
Prior to working in tourism, Chris was as a marketing professional for Fortune 500 clients including Heineken, Perrier, Sony, General Electric, and others. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Wake Forest University and a Masters of Business Administration from American University with concentrations in Marketing and Sustainable Destination Management.