The Transformation of Travel

Tune in on Thursday, June 9 from 3PM - 5PM for a lively discussion with top travel editors and today’s leaders in sustainable tourism. Hear how members of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World are helping to transform tourism into a positive force for communities, cultures and conservation. Then learn about the current landscape of travel from those who report on it, and explore the trends and innovations that are shaping the future of travel. We encourage you to share with our hashtag: #NatGeoLodges.

Panel 1 - Travel with Meaning, 3PM


Costas Christ, Sustainable Tourism Expert, National Geographic Travel


Dereck Joubert, CEO, Great Plains Conservation (ol Donyo Lodge, Mara Plains Camp, Zarafa Camp) and Nat Geo Explorer-in-Residence

Brett Tollman, CEO, The Travel Corporation (Ashford Castle and Bushmans Kloof)

Allyson Rogers, Owner, Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort

Keith Sproule, Owner, The Bentwood Inn

Panel 2 - Going Places: The Future of Travel, 4PM


George Stone, Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic Travel


Jason Clampet, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Skift

Monica Drake, Travel Editor, The New York Times

Beth Harpaz, Travel Editor, The Associated Press

Kevin Sintumuang, Writer-at-Large and Digital Director, Life + Style, The Wall Street Journal

Andrea Sachs, Travel Writer, The Washington Post

Watch our live Q&A below from Explorers-in-Residence and Unique Lodge Members, Derek and Beverly Joubert, where they discuss sustainable travel, traveling with purpose, and their Unique Lodges of World.