Economist. Master in Management and Strategy for Tourist Destinations (UNWTO)


Economist. Master in Management and Strategy for Tourist Destinations (UNWTO)


Iñaki Gaztelumendi has been working in the tourism sector for more than 20 years, from the field of tourism destination management, strategic planning and project development.

He is currently a strategic consultant in the tourism sector.

He collaborates as a professor in several Spanish Universities, and gives presentations on Strategy and Current Trends in Tourism, in particular on Destination Management, Cultural Tourism, MICE, Gastronomy, Marketing and Communication.

He was also Managing Director of Tourism of Santiago de Compostela.

In the field of gastronomic tourism, he has designed the Saborea España product club strategy, collaborates with UNWTO and the Basque Culinary Center in the development of the knowledge and training program on gastronomic tourism and has been the coordinator of the Global Tourism Report Gastronomy of the UNWTO. He is the Technical Director of the World Forum of Gastronomic Tourism UNWTO-BCC.

Among the most recent works, Iñaki has made Strategic and Development Plans for organizations such as the city of Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain), the European Commission, the AVE Cities Network, the Spain Film Commission, or the Gipuzkoa Hotel Association.

It collaborates in countries such as Spain, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Oman, Azerbaijan, or Uzbekistan, regions such as the Basque Country, Gipuzkoa, Barcelona, Asturias, Valencia, cities like Donostia San Sebastián, A Coruña, Ibiza, Valladolid or Gijón, and entities such as the Instituto Cervantes, the Cultural Capital of Europe 2016, the Consortium of the City of Santiago de Compostela, or the Leading Brands of Spain Forum.

It also carries out feasibility studies and business plans in the tourism sector for various national and international investment funds and hotel chains.