Our Specialists.

Chief of Party Preston Motes

Preston Motes is a director in Chemonics’ Middle East and North Africa region and currently oversees the Economic Growth through Sustainable Tourism program in Jordan. Previously, he was a director in the Latin America and Caribbean division and oversaw agriculture and private sector development projects. Mr. Motes has experience in microenterprise and SME development, agribusiness, natural resources management, democracy, and civil society participation. He has also managed programs with strong grant components and worked to improve recipient organizations’ management and service delivery capability. Mr. Motes has an M.A. in international development from American University and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia.

by Preston Motes

Tourism Dollars Make the World Go Round

Each year, an unlikely scene unfolds in Jordan. Hundreds of motorcyclists gather from across the globe to take part in the Jordan Rider Rally Weekend — an event organized by the Royal Motorcycle Club of Jordan and the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. Over the course of a weekend, hundreds of motorcyclists will depart…

Tourism Can Be an Engine of Economic Growth — If It’s Done Right

Tourism is an industry with the capability to transform international development. Tourism is the largest service industry globally, accounting for nearly 10 percent of global GDP. Nearly 293 million jobs, or one in eleven jobs around the world, are within the tourism sector. Tourism is currently featured in three of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),…