DINETE THOMAS

DESTINATION DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT

Dinete is a Destination Development Consultant at MMGY NextFactor. He works on the DestinationNEXT initiative and provides destinations with strategies for sustainable growth, as well as analyzing and researching global and local tourism trends, such as sustainability, recovery, innovation, and organization management. 

Dinete previously worked for Seera Group, the largest tourism companies in the Middle East, as an Accountant and Finance Executive. Moreover, he was a research coordinator, consultant, and graduate assistant at George Washington University’s International Institute of Tourism Studies (IITS). Dinete has led several research projects working with Native American communities in the Dakotas and was instrumental in the development of the first Indigenous Tourism Forum of the Americas (ITCA) in 2020. During his time with IITS, he also assisted on projects involving the IMF, World Bank, and UNWTO. His background includes finance, accounting, data analysis, marketing, and content creation.

Dinete holds a Master of Tourism Administration degree with a concentration in Sustainable Tourism Development from George Washington University, as well as a graduate certificate in Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. He earned his undergraduate degree from the American University of Sharjah, one of the top business schools in the Middle East, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and minors in Marketing and Music.