International Tourism Promotion and Development Director with Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau
Brad Towle is originally from Canada and now lives in his adopted hometown of Tanabe City, Japan. He first traveled to the Kumano region in 1999 and fell in love with the people and cultural landscape while walking and exploring the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes. Brad holds a degree in Sports Science, is fluent in Japanese, and has travelled extensively, developing both theoretical and practical knowledge with a global perspective. He has worked extensively in the tourism sector, including as professional hiking guide in the Canadian Rockies, and is currently the International Tourism Promotion and Development Director for the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau. This small, but visionary association, has received both domestic and international awards, including nomination for the prestigious World Travel and Tourism Council's Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Destination category in 2012.