IMPACT Speakers

Celes Davar

2024 Impact Speaker Celes Davar


President, Earth Rhythms

Celes Davar is a tourism operator, facilitator, practitioner, and experiential tourism coach, creating innovative experiences with community partners to surprise and delight travellers. He loves working with local folks to help them create high-value visitor experiences that exemplify storytelling, hands-on activities, a sense of place, and are great examples of sustainability in practice. His passion and purpose are aligned around the things he cares most about – local stories, nutritious food, cultural traditions, climate change, art, live music, and nature. A smile comes to his face each time he is involved in the creative process of working with others to create a new experience that guests not only love, but are transformed by the magic of the experience. He is engaged with multiple communities, experience partners, and destinations throughout Canada. His work is focused on shifting narratives in tourism away from a focus just on growth, to how tourism can truly be a force for good through the magic of well-crafted visitor experiences, driven by community businesses and other partners.

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Destination Greater Victoria is honoured to be based on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples of the Songhees Nation and the Esquimalt Nation, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.