Rick Antonson

Rick Antonson is the former president & CEO of Tourism Vancouver. Rick was at the helm when that organization launched the successful bid to bring the 2010 Winter Olympic Games to Vancouver and Whistler. Among his volunteer leadership roles Rick was chair of Destinations International (based in Washington, DC), and deputy chair of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (based in Bangkok, Thailand). The tourism and international meetings industry has conferred recognitions in Canada, Europe, the US, and Asia.

Today Rick is a full time author and scriptwriter. His most recent book is Walking With Ghosts in Papua New Guinea, which was published in fall of 2019. The New York Times noted his Route 66 Still Kicks as "One of the best books of the bunch" in a Christmas book roundup. The Chicago Tribune called his To Timbuktu for a Haircut a "travel classic."

Listen to his interview with Nature Labs

Critical Thinking Questions

  • What do you think? Is tourism a force for good?
  • As the world’s fastest growing industry, should we place a higher value on protecting nature for the sake of the economy? Or is tourism not the saviour?
  • Do we need eco-tourism to save nature? Or is the better question: can nature survive tourism?
  • What does being a good steward look like to you?
  • Can we learn from tourism successes and failures globally to find a better balance?

More on Rick

Watch Rick's Tedx Stanely Park talk: Cathedral Thinking

Favourite Book: Whichever one I’m currently spending time with, which right now means Bushrunner by Mark Bourrie, The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson