Marko Kosčak is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Maribor, Faculty of Tourism Brezice, Slovenia. In the past 30 years, he has worked as an Advisor to UNDP LoSD on sustainable tourism initiatives in the South East Balkan countries of Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. He was also involved in the number of sustainable tourism projects and development initiatives across Europe and Asia. He is the Founding Member of the Slovenian Rural Development Network, which is part of the European Network ＂PREPARE＂.
Tony O’Rourke works with Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development in Portugal. Since retiring in 2011, he has taught part-time at MSc and MBA level as a visiting/part-time Professor and also carried out advisory work for Co-operatives UK. His current academic interests are in the fields of Sustainable and Responsible Local Tourism, Financing of Local Tourism/Destination Management organisations and the creation of tourism credit co-operatives.