Alexi Khajavi, Senior Managing Director
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An abundance of curiosity blended with a taste for adventure. An anthropologist applied to the development and protection of authentic places and memorable experiences. Dedicated to the conviction that good companies can do great things and make good money doing it.
Alexi has taken a holistic approach to working in the travel industry. Starting as a guide leading trips to Cuba and Chiapas and finally landing in Communications for a tour operator leading educational trips to international hotspots. After pitching travel stories to the media, he turned his back on the fax machine and took his pen and paper to the field of international tourism development. Working on hotel and resort development projects from Asia to Latin America he helped the pioneering consultancy, Nature Gate become one of the early innovators in sustainable travel development.
In 2001, Alexi was part of a group that acquired a fledging airline in Costa Rica called Nature Air and turned it into one of the fastest growing travel companies in Central America as well as a model for regional aviation worldwide. In 2010, Alexi returned to the U.S to join MercuryCSC, a creative marketing agency for travel brands and destinations.
In 2013, Alexi joined Questex, a B2B travel media company and organizer of IHIF, the longest and most respected tourism and hospitality investment conferences worldwide. With Questex, Alexi co-founded Destination Develop, a consultancy that specializes in helping destinations and private sector identify and facilitate qualified investment within their tourism industry sectors.