Knight Consult



Whether guiding a multi-disciplinary team of experts, or serving solo as feasibility specialist or destination adviser, Manuel Knight works with flexibility and commitment. His work commonly meshes with that of architects, regional planners, urbanists, and at times archeologists and anthropologists. Key services include:

  • for the property developer: Feasibility Studies & due diligence for projects seeking long term finance
  • for investment banks and clients: Real Estate Valuations of hotels, resorts, convention centers and related facilities as support for transactions and litigation proceedings
  • for development agencies: Tourism Advisory Services for tourism ministries and destination organizations, such as SWOT and value chain analysis and regional development potentials
  • for the tourism chamber: Destination Development Strategies for product development, market positioning & institutional strengthening
  • for park planners: Sensitive development approaches for tourism infrastructure & services in protected lands, in cultural heritage districts & adaptive reuse of buildings
  • for airport authorities: Analysis of commercial airline industry and traffic potentials for commercial airport development & expansion projects

The field of tourism planning and development can be bewildering because of its umbrella character that encompasses destination management frameworks, community development, SME finance, protected areas management, urban revitalization, asset sales and leasing to name a few fields. Manuel can quickly determine the relevance of such concepts in any given case, apply them coherently and minimize the misconceptions that often burden dialogs.

For development agencies, he can define scopes of work documents and project background materials for procurements dealing with tourism-oriented regional development in emerging markets. Downstream he can design evaluation schemes and serve as program observer or juror. He has worked with the Equator Principles, the environmental benchmark many financial institutions espouse for their projects. And in 2011 he lectured a UNWTO THEMIS class in Caribbean hotel investment trends.


  • MA Economics 1987, University of Maryland, College Park MD USA
  • Certificate Real Estate Appraisal, 1982 New York University, New York NY
  • Postgraduate Diploma Tourism Management, 1973 Surrey University, Guildford, United Kingdom
  • BA Economics 1971, Tulane University of Louisiana, New Orleans LA

Manuel is a native of Washington DC, with origins in Louisiana and in Honduras. He has lived in the UK, France and Japan and has traveled on assignments to over 70 nations. Some additional background is provided below.

  • Guest lecturer at George Washington University's Tourism Dept. in the School of Business [in Washington DC].
  • Juror for the National Geographic Traveler Magazine yearly scorecard rating of destinations for sustainability [since 2008].
  • Postgraduate studies at US, French and UK universities.
  • Active memberships [and occasional presenter]: International Council for Monuments and Sites, the Washington Airline Society, Society for International Development and the Washington Map Society.
  • Professional presentations: At investment seminars and travel fairs in the USA, France, Egypt and Mexico.
  • Volunteer: New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, Saint Louis Cathedral of New Orleans.
  • Due diligence: Proficient in application of the Uniform System of Accounts for Hotels, the format for hotel accounting approved by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Foreign Languages: Spanish & French spoken fluently.

Citizenship: U.S.A.

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