Dr. Paul Rogers

Planet Happiness

Dr. Paul Rogers is one of Asia-Pacific’s most experienced tourism for development practitioners. Completed in 1997, his PhD centered on tourism, conservation and development issues in Nepal’s Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) National Park. Paul is a long-term expert consultant with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the World Bank, ADB and numerous other international organisations, he has worked extensively in Nepal, Bhutan, Laos and the Greater Mekong Region, as well as Myanmar, North Korea, North-West Africa and Australia. Paul is co-founder of Planet Happiness a tourism and big data project of the non-profit, the Happiness Alliance. Inspired by several assignments in Bhutan, Planet Happiness focuses the attention of all tourism stakeholders on the well-being agenda; to use tourism as a vehicle for development that demonstrably strengthens destination sustainability and the quality of life of host communities.