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Chris Chesak
Works at Intrepid Travel / Adventure.com
Attended American University
Lived in Ayer, MA
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Great to see Adventure.com's video nearing 500,000 views! 
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Ah, that little matter... :-)
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One comparative set of statistics stands out. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, about 80% of the money spent on most all-inclusive mass tourism package tours goes to the airlines, hotels, and other international companies (who often have their headquarters in the travellers’ home countries). In fact, of each 100$ spent on holiday by a tourist from a developed country, only around $5 stays in a developing destination’s economy. By comparison, according to ATTA, adventure tour operators estimated that 65.6% of the total trip cost from an adventure package remains in the destination (or destinations) visited. For anyone trying to see where a sustainable future for tourism lies, this free 80 page report should be required reading

The report can be downloaded for free here: http://www.adventuretravel.biz/store/unwto-global-report-on-adventure-tourism/
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) jointly released a UNWTO Affiliate Member Report on Global Adventure Tourism. This is the first report published by the UNWTO on the topic of adventure tourism. The ATTA
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Advice to New Dads (and Maybe Some Moms too), Part 1 I have a few friends on the verge of becoming new dads, and I started to
think of what I could tell them, what advice I might share to help them in
their own personal journeys into fatherhood. Me and 'Lil...
Advice to New Dads (and Maybe Some Moms too), Part 1 I have a few friends on the verge of becoming new dads, and I started to think of what I could tell them, what advice I might share to help them in their own personal jour...
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Thinking of a getaway from the snow? How about Borneo? 

The piece shows an incredible day through Borneo with Intrepid Travel​ guide Mohammed Rahman aka “Rony”. The story gives great insight into an amazing day of travel with Intrepid and also highlights the real heroes of our trips - the local leaders. It also makes me want to visit Borneo!
Zip-lining from one island to the next, hiking through a rainforest and other active pursuits on four Malaysian islands.
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After nine incredible years I’ve decided to leave the ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association). It’s been a truly amazing ride, but it’s time to move on. It was an arduous decision to leave but I’m now very excited to announce my new position as Director of Partnerships at Adventure.com. I start there Monday.
 
A huge and very sincere ‘Thank You’ goes to Shannon and the rest of the ATTA team for allowing me to join them on the ATTA’s fantastic adventure. I’ve learned so much, met so many incredible people, and grown professionally more than I could have imagined.
 
We are working on a transition plan now that will address all current projects and discussions. Rest assured that all the ATTA partners, media, and tourism boards that I have worked with so closely over the past several years will be well cared for as we are in the process of appointing ATTA staff to assist them moving forward.  My last day with ATTA will be this Friday. 
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Many thanks Geoff! I won't be at ORWM, but hopefully we'll be able to catch up at ORSM.
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Off to Ireland soon! 
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Ayer, MA - Middletown, CT - Washington, DC - Golden, CO - Boise, ID - Kirkuk, Iraq - Cincinnati, OH
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Director of Partnerships
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  • Intrepid Travel / Adventure.com
    Director of Partnerships, 2015 - present
  • Adventure Travel Trade Association
    VP, Business Development, 2006 - 2015
  • United States Army
    SAW Gunner, 2004 - 2005
  • Winter Wildlands Alliance
    Grant writer/Communications, 2003 - 2004
  • The American Alpine Club
    Development Director, 2000 - 2003
  • American Hiking Society
    Director of Corporate Relations, 1999 - 2000
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
    Public Information Officer, 1997 - 1998
  • Island Press
    Exhibits/Advertising Coordinator, 1994 - 1997
  • United States Supreme Court
    Marshal's Office Aide, 1993 - 1994
  • Times Free Press
    Staff Reporter/Photographer, 1992 - 1993
Education
  • American University
    MFA, Creative Writing, 1996
  • Wesleyan University
    English & Int'l Politics, 1988 - 1992
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Chez