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Paolo Fresnoza

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Doctor of Social Sciences


Paolo Fresnoza has more than 15 years of experience in the tourism industry in Canada, Australia, Thailand and the Philippines. He specializes in tourism planning, destination and policy development and community-based strategizing. As a think-outside-the-box advocate, Fresnoza is passionate about transforming communities to become more resilient and empowered through sustainable tourism. He is a former assistant professor in the Asian Institute of Tourism at the University of the Philippines and now teaches at Capilano University in North Vancouver. As an urban planner, Fresnoza believes in the synergy of tourism and urban planning to create progressive and innovative approaches to developing sustainable communities. He recently worked on the plan for a 4,000-acre mixed use, integrated tourism and heritage destination in the Philippines. The project is expected to generate $200 million in investments and create more than 800 jobs in the first two phases of its 10-year development. Fresnoza holds a Bachelor of Tourism Management from Capilano University. He received his Master of Arts (honours) in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines. His dissertation focuses on disaster risk management using Indigenous systems and practices.