A total of 340 experts made up the panel for this year's Destinations Rated survey. Following is a partial list of the participants; the rest chose to remain anonymous.

Aaron Williams M.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Tourism Geographer

Adriana Galvani, Tourism Teacher, www.unibo.it/docenti/adriana.galvani

Alan Clarke, Lecturer, Researcher, and Consultant

Alan Wilson, Ph.D., Veterinarian, www.ecolodgesindonesia.com

Alessio Satta, Ph.D., Sustainable Tourism Consultant, www.ecoturismo-italia.it

Alfonso Muralles, Archaeology Tour Guide, www.fourdirections.com.gt

Alison Gardner, Travel Journalist/Editor, www.travelwithachallenge.com

Amita Baig, Heritage Management Consultant

Andreas Papatheodorou, D.Phil., Economic Geographer

Andrew Cooper, Ph.D., Coastal Geomorphologist, www.science.ulster.ac.uk/esri/Andrew-Cooper.html - page=background

Andrew D. Nystrom, Author and Transmedia Technologist, unhub.com/adnystrom

Andy Dumaine, Marketing Communications

Anja Tuohino, Lic.Phil., Geographer, www.uef.fi/mot

Anna Spenceley, Ph.D; Sustainable Tourism Consultant, www.anna.spenceley.co.uk

Annie Lucas, Travel Planner, www.mircorp.com

Anthony Veerkamp, Historic Preservationist, www.PreservationNation.org

Ariane Janér, Sustainable Tourism Consultant, www.ecobrasil.org.br

Arild Molstad, Writer, Tourism Consultant

Asha Singh, Ph.D., Environmental Scientist

Ashley de Vos, Chartered Architect

Atul Raturi, Ph.D., Sustainable Energy Specialist, www.energyforall.blogspot.com

Ava D. Simms, Ph.D., Environmental Scientist

Aylin Orbasli, D.Phil., Cultural Heritage Consultant

Azilah Kasim, Ph.D., Educator

Beatrice Blake, Green Travel Advisor

Benjamin Carey, Sustainable Tourism Consultant, www.dunira.com

Bernard Lane, Sustainable Tourism Consultant

Bill Bramwell, Ph.D., Sustainable Tourism Researcher

Bill Bryan, Ph.D., Travel Executive

Bill Hinchberger, Journalist and Communications Consultant, www.BrazilMax.com

Bill Robison, Product Development, www.ietravel.com

Brenda Barrett, Landscape Conservation, www.dcnr.state.pa.us

Brigida Rocha Brito, Professor in Tourism and Environment, www.cea.iscte.pt

Bruno Maia, Ecotourism Specialist/Photographer, www.naturezafotos.org

C. Michael Hall, Ph.D., Geographer, canterbury-nz.academia.edu/CMichaelHall

Carla Barbieri, Ph.D., Tourism Researcher, web.missouri.edu/~barbieric/

Carla Molina, Adventure Tour Operator

Carol Patterson C.M.A., Tourism Strategic Planner, www.kalahari-online.com

Carol Shull, Historian, www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/

Caroline Cheong, Heritage Conservation Consultant, www.hs-intl.com

Cecilie Smith-Christensen, Cand.Oecon., www.nwhf.no

César Castañeda, Ph.D, Economics, Sustainable Tourism Consultant, www.ced.travel

Cheryl Hargrove, Heritage Tourism Consultant, www.hargroveinternational.com

Chin-Ee Ong, Tourism Geographer, www.ift.edu.mo

Chris Roberts, Ph.D., Professor, hospitality.depaul.edu/Faculty

Chris Seek, Tourism Development Specialist, www.solimarinternational.com

Christiane Gunst, Tourism Consultant, www.wes.be

Christopher Howell, Ph.D., Sustainable Development Consultant

Claudia G. Green, Ph.D., Sustainable Tourism Consultant, www.claudiaggreen.com

Claudia Jurowski, PhD Sustainable Tourism Consultant, Professor, home.nau.edu/hrm/jurowski.asp

Colin Smith, Tourism Consultant, www.glamisconsultancy.com

Cornelis Dijkgraaf, Architect and Urban Planner

Darwina L. Neal, Landscape Architect

Dave Kissoondoyal, MBA ACMI, Information Technology Expert, www.kissoondoyal.com

David C. Brown, Sustainable Tourism Development Consultant, www.solimarinternational.com

David L. Edgell, Sr., Ph.D., Sustainable Tourism Professor, www.davidedgell.com

David Farley, Travel Author, www.dfarley.com

David Swanson, Travel Reporter-Photographer

David Truly, Tourism Geographer

Deborah McLaren, Sustainable Tourism Specialist, travelmomma.wordpress.com/

Denise Forrest, Environmental Consultant

Dianna Rienstra, Communications Consultant

Divay Gupta, Conservation Architect

Donovan Rypkema, Economic Development Consultant, www.HS-Intl.com

Dorin Lozovanu, Ph.D., Ethno-geographer, www.egea.eu/entity/moldova

Doug Loescher, Historic Preservation Planner, www.mainstreet.org

Douglas K. Shifflet, Travel and Tourism Researcher, www.dksa.com

Douglas Pearce, Tourism Management Professor

Douglas Ritchie, Tourism Consultant, www.tals.co.uk

Dr. Don Hawkins, Sustainable Tourism Specialist, business.gwu.edu/tourism

Dr. Walter Jamieson, Tourism Development Planner

Duane K. Okamoto, Agricultural Development Consultant

Ed McMahon, Urban Planner, www.uli.org

Eduardo Sarmento, Ph.D., Sustainable Tourism Consultant

Edward W. Manning, Ph.D., Sustainable Tourism Consultant

Elery Hamilton-Smith, AM, D.App.Sci., sociologist

Elizabeth Becker, Author and Journalist, www.elizabethbecker.com

Eric Lucas, Travel Journalist, www.TrailNot4Sissies.com

Erika Hall, Urban Planner

Erve Chambers, Ph.D., Cultural Anthropologist

Ester Pereira, Ph.D., Sustainable Tourism Consultant

Euan Ross, Development Planning Consultant, www.euronetconsulting.com/cms/?page_id=36

Fiona Deaton, Sustainable Tourism Consultant, www.maisna.co.uk

François Bédard, Ph.D., Tourism Educator and Researcher

Franklin J. Adejuwon, Sustainable Tourism Consultant

Frederic Bouin, Ph.D. in Public Law, Professor of Tourism Law (France)

Gary Best, Tourism Academic

Gary Hovinen, Ph.D., Geographer

George Duffy, Sustainable Tourism Practitioner, www.worldwideecolodges.com

George F. Roberson, Researcher, interactive-worlds.blogspot.com/2007/12/welcome.html

Georges Zouain, Adventure Tour Operator

Gloria Lara-Hasemann, Ph.D., Anthropologist

Goranka Horjan, Art Historian, www.mhz.hr

Gordon Walker, Ph.D., University Professor, www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/physedandrec_2007/pdfs/gordonwalkercv09.pdf

Grant Cushman, Ph.D., Leisure and Tourism Scholar, www.lincoln.ac.nz

Guenter Spreitzhofer, Ph.D., Geographer and Travel Writer

H. Leo Theuns, Ph.D., Tourism Consultant

Harumi Shimoguchi, Sociologist

Hitesh Mehta, Sustainable Tourism Planner, www.h-m-design.com

Hope Burridge, Tourism Marketing Consultant, www.travelbyrail.ca

Ian Henderson, M.Sc., Tourism Consultant, www.ttcinternational.com

Ian Kelly, M.Arch., Heritage Place Manager, www.shfa.nsw.gov.au

James Deutsch, Ph.D., Folklorist and Curator, home.gwu.edu/~deutsch/

James Jessamine, Tourism Development Planner

James M. Parrent, Ph.D., Anthropologist, www.falmouthjamaica.org

James O'Reilly, Publisher, www.travelerstales.com

James P. Delgado, Ph.D., Nautical Archaeologist, www.jamesdelgado.com

James Sturz, Travel Writer/Author, www.jamessturz.com

Jan Vermeiren, Sustainable Systems Engineer

Jan Wigsten, Tourism Consultant

Jay Haviser, Archaeologist

Jeannette Belliveau, Travel Writer, www.beaumonde.net

Jeffrey A. McNeely, Conservation Biologist

Jennifer J. Wilhoit, Ph.D., Environmental Writer, www.tealarborstories.com

Jerker Tamelander, Marine Biologist

Jie Zhang, Professor, Geographer & Tourism Planner

Jiri Vagner, Ph.D., Human Geographer

John A. Veverka, Interpretive Planner

John Alwyn-Jones, Travel Consultant and Journalist

John B. Kachuba, Travel Writer, www.JohnKachuba.com

John Briley, Travel Writer

John Gray, University Lecturer

John H. Stubbs, Architectural Conservation Specialist

John R. A. Wilson, M.Sc. Environmental Consultant

John Shores, International Development Specialist, shores-system.mysite.com

John W. Colton, Ph.D., Sustainable Tourism

John Yearwood, M.Sc., Environment Friendly Hotelier, www.oualiebeach.com

Josephine Matyas, Travel Writer, www.writerwithoutborders.com

Joy Sammy, Ph.D., Community Tourism Consultant

Julian Bystrzanowski, Ph.D., Tourism Consultant

Kathleen Andereck, Ph.D., Professor of Tourism, scrd.asu.edu/

Kathleen M. Adams, Ph.D., Cultural Anthropology Professor, www.luc.edu/anthropology/faculty/adams.shtml

Kathleen Sullivan Sealey, Marine Ecologist

Karen Moon, Cultural Heritage Consultant

Kathryn Wannan, Director, Sustainable Tour Operator

Keith Dewar, Professor of Tourism

Keith G. Brown, Ph.D., Educational Administrator and Professor

Keith Sproule, Ecotourism Consultant, www.bentwoodinn.com

Kelly Bricker, Ph.D., Social Scientist

Ken Lindeman, Ph.D., applied coastal scientist, services.fit.edu/profiles/profile.php?value=463

Kenneth F. Backman, Ph.D., Sustainable Tourism Researcher

Kenneth Garrett, Photographer, KennethGarrett.com

Kenneth Johnson, Marine Biologist, www.ecotravelmexico.com

Klaus J. Meyer-Arendt, Ph.D., Coastal Geographer, uwf.edu/environmental/facstaff/meyer

Kristin Lamoureux, Ph.D., Sustainable Tourism Professional, Business.gwu.edu/tourism

Larry Bleiberg, Travel Editor

Larry Habegger, Travel Editor/Writer, larryhabegger.com

Lee Foster, Travel Writer, www.fostertravel.com

Lelei LeLaulu, Development Entrepreneur, www.cmexmedia.org

Linda Christensen Stevens, Museum Education

Linda J. Fasteson, Travel Writer, www.notabletravels.com

Lloyd Gardner, Environmental Planner, www.ess-caribbean.com

Maita Barrenechea, Sustainable Travel Specialist, www.mai10.com.ar

Manuel L. Knight, Tourism Sector Planner

Marcello Notarianni, Sustainable Tourism Consultant

Marion Blockley, Heritage Consultant, www.marionblockley.co.uk

Marisol Mosquera, Sustainable Business Manager, www.aracari.com

Mark Orams, Ph.D., Professor of Tourism, www.nztri.org/mark-orams

Martin Frankenberg, Travel Producer, www.matuete.com

Maryam Khan, Ph.D., Educator and Researcher

Masanori Shintani, Ecotourism Expert

Matthias Schellhorn, Ph.D., Travel Author

Maurizio Giannone, Ph.D., Tourism Geographer

Melanie Cookson-Carter, Sustainable Tourism Consultant

Menno Hoogland, Dr., Archaeologist, www.archaeology.leiden.edu/organisation/staff/hoogland.htm

Michael Meyer, Travel Writer, www.lastdaysofoldbeijing.com

Michael Phillips, Ph.D., University Professor, www.smu.ac.uk/research/index.php/professor-mike-phillips

Michele Westmorland, Photographer, Tourism, Conservation, www.westmorlandimages.com

Mick Day, D.Phil., Geographer

Mike Robbins, Sustainable Tourism Consultant, www.tourismco.com

Mirjam de Konig, M.Sc., Nature Conservation Specialist

Mirjam de Koning, M.Sc., People and Conservation Specialist

Molly Turner, Urban Planner, www.worthadetour.tumblr.com

Nancy Farrell, Archaeologist/Historian, www.crms.com

Nancy I. M. Morgan, Ph.D., Heritage Development Consultant, www.pointhdc.com

Natasha Martin, Adventure Tourism Consultant, www.xolaconsulting.com

Noel B. Salazar, PhD., Socio-Cultural Anthropologist, kuleuven.academia.edu/NoelBSalazar

Norbert Trehoux, Sustainable Tourism Consultant

Pascal Languillon, Sustainable Tourism Consultant, www.voyagespourlaplanete.com

Patricia M. O'Donnell, Landscape Architect/Planner, www.heritagelandscapes.com

Patrick Lavery, Ph.D., Author and Tourism Consultant, www.inspirepeoplegroup.com

Paul F. Wilkinson, Ph.D., Tourism Geographer, www.yorku.ca/eswilkin

Paul Smitz, Travel Author

Pauline J. Sheldon, Ph.D., Educator

Peter Hanneberg, Travel Journalist and Author

Peter Langer, M.A., Geographer and Photographer, www.peteranger.com

Peter Wery, Director of Photography

Philip C. Marshall, Historic Preservationist, philipcmarshall.com

Philippe la Hausse de Lalouviere, Heritage Researcher

Phyllis Ellin, Historian

Rachel Radmilli, Anthropologist

Rafael Matos-Wasem, Tourism Geographer, iet.hevs.ch

Rafael Sardá, Ph.D., M.B.A., Socio-ecologist, www.ceab.csic.es

Raffaele Gorjux, Architect and Urban Planner, www.mga-ai.it

Ralf Buckley, Ecotourism Professor

Ramon Botet, Sustainable Tourism Consultant, www.sustainabletourism.cat

Randal G. Baker, Ph.D., Tourism Geographer

Randy Durband, Sustainable Tourism Consultant, www.linkedin.com/in/randydurband

Ravi Ravinder, Tourism Academic

Rebecca A. Stephenson, Ph.D., Cultural Anthropologist

Remy Sietchiping, Ph.D., Geographer

Richard Tapper, Sustainable Tourism Consultant

Richard Tuck, Sustainable Tourism Developer

Rick MacPherson, Ph.D., Coral Reef Ecologist

Robertico Croes, Ph.D., Tourism Economist

Roberto Mourão, Sustainable Tourism Specialist, www.ecobrasil.org.br

Rohit Jigyasu, Ph.D., Conservation and Risk Management Consultant

Ronald V. Shaklee, Ph.D., Geography Professor

Rory MacLellan, Tourism Academic and Consultant

Rosemary Taufatofua, Ph.D., Social Scientist, www.csrm.uq.edu.au

Ross A. Klein, Ph.D., Sociologist, www.cruisejunkie.com

Russell Fielding, Geographer, www.ga.lsu.edu

Russell Johnson, Writer, Photographer, Filmmaker, connectedtraveler.com

Salvador Anton Clavé, Ph.D., Geographer

Sam Lankford, Planner, www.uni.edu/step

Scott A. Muller, Environmental Engineer, CODESTA

Scott Hajost, Esq., International Environmental Lawyer, www.asoc.org

Scott Wayne, Sustainable Tourism Consultant, www.sw-associates.net

Shannon Guihan, M.Sc., Tourism Development Professional, www.guihanconsulting.ca

Sharif Shams Imon, Ph.D., Heritage Management Specialist, ift.academia.edu/SharifShamsImon

Sheila Steffenson, Geospatial Software Sales Manager

Somrudee Meprasert Jitpraphai, Ph.D., Marine Resource Geographer

Stefanos Fotiou, Ph.D., Environmental Economist, www.unep.org

Stephen Royle, Ph.D., Professor of Geography, www.qub.ac.uk/schools/gap/Staff/AcademicStaff/ProfStephenRoyle

Stephen Smith, Tourism Professor

Stephen Wearing, Ph.D., Sustainable Tourism Academic

Steve Noakes, Sustainable Tourism Consultant

Stevie Christie, Adventure Tour Operator, www.wildernessjourneys.com

Sue Beeton, Ph.D., Tourism Professor, www.latrobe.edu.au/lawman/staff-profiles/view-profile?uname=sjbeeton

Sue Bleasdale, M.A., University Lecturer

Susan E. Hanna, Museum Curator, www.phmc.state.pa.us

Susan Seubert, Travel Photographer, www.sseubert.com

Susanne Becken, Ph.D., Sustainable Tourism, www.lincoln.ac.nz/leap

Tamara Ratz, Ph.D; Professor of Tourism, www.kodolanyi.hu

Ted J. Ligibel, Ph.D., Historic Preservation Educator, emich.edu/geo/hp

Ted T. Cable, Ph.D., Heritage Interpretation Specialist, www.ksre.ksu.edu/TedCable

Tim Leffel, Author, www.TimLeffel.com

Tim Merriman, Ph.D., International Association Executive, www.interpnet.com

Tom Buncle, Tourism Consultant, www.yellowrailroad.com

Tony Griffin, Tourism Lecturer

Tracy Mullins, Urban Planner/Geographer, Jessakidconsulting.com

Tyer Dillon, Tourism Regional Director, www.butterfield.com

Valma Jessamy, Ph.D., Environmental and Development Specialist

Vernon Booth, M.Sc., Wildlife Management Consultant

Virginia Irurita, Spain Travel Specialist, www.madeforspain.com

Vladimir Balaz, Ph.D., Tourism Economist

Yael S Coifman, M.B.A., Leisure/Tourism Development Economist, www.leisuredevelopment.co.uk

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