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Adam Sacks is the founder and President of Tourism Economics; an Oxford Economics company dedicated to analytically-based consulting to the tourism sector. Over the past seventeen years, Adam has worked with hundreds of travel sector clients to address fundamental economic questions.
On the public sector side, Adam has worked with national, provincial/state and local tourism offices throughout the world. He is an authority on measuring the economic impact of tourism activity–both broadly and for specific initiatives and projects. He has advised destinations on tourism investment policy, the effects of proposed entry procedures, tourism taxation, and marketing strategies. He has provided numerous destinations with analysis on market positioning and emerging opportunities.
Adam has consulted with multi-national hotel chains, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, theme parks, resort developers, and retail operators to measure current and future market opportunities. He has presented to numerous corporate strategic planning teams on the threats and opportunities facing their businesses within the projected travel and economic climate.
He is an expert in developing custom systems for quantifying relevant tourism market segments and tracking the competitive landscape for clients. Adam has developed tourism forecasting models with unrivalled track records.
Adam is a compelling and sought-after speaker on issues related to the outlook for travel and the economic importance of travel & tourism. He is a member of the US Department of Commerce Travel & Tourism Advisory Board.
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David Goodger is the Director of Tourism Economics in Europe, and primarily concentrates on client specific studies requiring in depth analysis using the existing suite of Oxford Economics’ models at a global, UK national and regional level. He has also taken an active role in further model development for specific purposes, with an emphasis on tourism forecast modeling.
David Goodger is Director of Tourism Economics, Europe. He has been instrumental in developing the global model of tourism flows and spending, which covers 190 origins and destinations, and he continues to manage the regular forecast updates. He also maintains an active role in new product development and consultancy work.
Ongoing work involves an analysis of the return on investment in business travel; model development to aid destinations in marketing allocations; and analysis and modelling of tourism market size at the city level.
Since joining Oxford Economics in 2000, David has worked within both the macroeconomic and industrial forecasting teams, contributing to regular reports as well as client-specific studies and ongoing model development. He has also worked within the consultancy division, with an emphasis on the energy sector and analysis of carbon abatement policies.
David was educated at the University of Bristol, England, where he gained a first class degree in Economics with Statistics; and at the London School of Economics and Political Science, England, where he graduated with an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics.
Senior Economist and Director, Geospatial Analytics
Michael Mariano is a Senior Economist with Tourism Economics and Oxford Economics. Michael has over 12 years of experience in economic and statistical consulting, and his research interests include economic and fiscal impact modeling, econometric forecasting, retail market studies, and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) modeling and geospatial analytics.
Mr. Mariano has consulted and provided expert testimony for various public, private, and non-profit clients and has managed projects examining public housing, economic development, tax policy, market analysis, and real estate impacts. He has worked on economic impact studies for hotels, casinos, and retail parks nationwide and has extensive experience providing job impact estimates for project funding through the U.S. government’s EB-5 immigrant investor program.
Prior to joining Tourism Economics, Michael was Managing Director of Geospatial Analytics and GIS Solutions at Econsult Corporation, an economic consulting firm based in Philadelphia. Michael received a Bachelor of Science in economics and marketing from the Wharton School and a Master of Science in Urban Spatial Analytics from The University of Pennsylvania.
Director of Impact Studies
Christopher Pike directs Tourism Economics' the economic impact of tourism activity – both broadly and for specific initiatives and projects. With his expertise in economic impact analysis, Chris has worked with dozens of state and local tourism offices.
Chris has also been managing a series of consultancy projects related to the tourist sector, including the impact of U.S. visa issues and a quarterly report on Asian Trends and Prospects. Mr. Pike has presented at numerous client sites and at several association meeting along with being quoted in national and local press outlets. Chris received his Masters in International Trade and Public Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert in tourism economic impact analysis with over two-dozen destinations analyzed.
Director, Lodging Analytics
Aran Ryan is Director of Lodging Analytics at Tourism Economics and is responsible for developing quantitative tools to help hotel investors, operators and brands develop targeted investment and growth strategies that reflect key trends and differentiated performance prospects. He recognizes that lodging investors are approaching capital allocation with increasing sophistication, and that strategic investment criteria are more rigorous and require better understanding of the growth prospects and risk profiles of specific markets and property types. Aran focuses on leveraging analytic capabilities to assist clients to derive grounded insights on lodging demand, supply, pricing and risk, and supports tourism-sector research for a range of clients.
Mr. Ryan has over 15 years of consulting experience applying business analytics, project management, research, and financial analysis skills to support client decision-making. Prior to joining Tourism Economics, Mr. Ryan was a Director in the Hospitality & Leisure consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”), and focused on lodging, gaming and vacation ownership. In this position, he applied his experience in economics and financial analysis to client engagements including valuation and transaction-oriented analysis, strategic research, and litigation support. He also played a leadership role on the team publishing PwC’s quarterly outlook for the US lodging industry. Before joining PwC, he was employed at WEFA Group (now IHS Global Insight), and conducted economic analysis and forecasts of regional economies. A graduate of Colby College, Aran earned a MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Zachary joined Tourism Economics and Oxford Economics from Moody’s Analytics where he worked as a regional and industry analyst. At Moody’s Analytics, Zachary performed regional analysis for U.S. state (including Rhode Island) and metropolitan areas and a broad range of industry analysis. His responsibilities included writing regular updates for subscription-based products, conducting econometric modeling, input-output impact modeling, report editing, and consulting services to public and private sector clients.
Prior to his roles at Moody’s Analytics, he worked as a Research Economist for a Vermont-based economics consulting firm, Economic & Policy Resources, Inc. At EPR he served as a consulting economist for the Governor’s Administration and on numerous impact studies covering most industries of the economy. Zachary holds a BA in Justice from American University in Washington, DC, an MA in International Relations from Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX, and an MS in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont.
Anthony recently joined Tourism Economics and Oxford Economics from Moody’s Analytics where he worked as a regional and international analyst. At Moody’s Analytics, Anthony analyzed the economy of Portugal, as well as the states of Hawaii and South Dakota. He maintained global national forecast models for Moody’s and produced various stress-testing scenarios in accordance with the Federal Reserve CCAR and Bank of England PRA guidelines. Anthony’s responsibilities also included reporting on trends in the global technology sector, updating Moody’s proprietary business and living cost indices, conducting econometric modeling, and contributing to the firm’s regular subscription publications.
Anthony earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University. He completed his honors thesis on the trade impacts of Chinese foreign direct investment in Africa’s oil and mineral extraction industries. Anthony’s other research interests include international development, trade and political economy.
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Helen is a Senior Economist in the International Cities and Regions team at Oxford Economics and has a range of experience in economic modelling and consultancy for central, regional, and local government, and the private sector.
Her specialties include economic forecast models at a local and regional level with scenario-generating capabilities, economic-impact assessments, public spending analysis and tourism economics.
Helen has played a key role in the ongoing development of various models, including the Regional Economic Model, the Greater Manchester Forecasting Model and the East of England Forecast Model, which she manages; all of these have been tailored to the needs of central and local governments and used to formulate policy initiatives.
Helen also has key involvement in the Oxford Economics UK Local Authority District Service, which covers every local authority in the UK. In addition, Helen plays a lead role in the Oxford Economics global tourism forecasting service, produced on behalf of the World Travel & Tourism Company. This measures the contribution of the travel & tourism sector to the wider economy for every country in the World. The work has been extended to provide a detailed set of tourism accounts for Trinidad & Tobago, which included scenario analysis assessing the extent to which new investment initiatives could further enhance the travel & tourism industry in Trinidad & Tobago. Helen also played a key role in the development of a tourism model for the Montserrat economy, which assessed the likely impact of investment projects on the overall Montserattian economy.
Helen graduated in 2005 with a degree in Economics from the University of Ulster.