Celebrating World Heritage Day

Photo: Venus Glyph April 18 is World Heritage Day, aka International Monuments and Sites Day, celebrating the work of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) — http://www.icomos.org. There are events around the world. Hashtags: #IDMS, #heritage4generations History On April 18, 1982 on the occasion of a symposium organized by ICOMOS in Tunisia, the holding …

Marketing Travel on the Social Web

Photo: Benleigh Workshop Successful tourism marketing requires an understanding of how to make effective use of one’s website and its connections on the social web. Yes, it is helpful to have a website but even moreso the dedicated space on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Insider Tips Planeta.com‘s role as an online facilitator/clearinghouse for …

Outbounding

Buzzwords Outbounding = Community-driven website; members curate excellent travel content to share with new audiences across the web. Here’s how it works: Outbounding uses Twitter to register and create accounts. Your Twitter handle will be your username on Outbounding and registration/login will enable you to share content, post comments and create/edit your Outbounding profile. Outbounding resembles Reddit in that anyone can submit quality …

Smart Tourism

Buzzwords Smart Tourism = New buzzword applied to describe the increasing reliance of tourism destinations, their industries and their tourists on emerging forms of information and communication technology that allow for massive amounts of data to be transformed into value propositions. –  SpringerLink Elsewhere on the Web Smart tourism: foundations and developments – SpringerLink https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/IJTC-04-2016-0007 Twitter https://twitter.com/ulrikegretzel …

Bikes

Photo: Ron Mader, DTLV Bikes In the big picture, biking and cycling are the unsung twin powerhouses of responsible, sustainable, eco and fair and conscious travel. What are the good cycling experiences? How are locals benefiting from bike tours? What events are worth attending or paying attention? Translating: Bicycle Spanish: Bicicleta Elsewhere on the Web …

Wildlife Tourism

Buzzwords Wildlife Tourism = Observation and interaction with local animal and plant life in their natural habitats. Elsewhere on the Web Responsible wildlife volunteering Home Embedded Tweets Contact GWP for a webex link. pic.twitter.com/p9azTHZ4cg — Louise Twining-Ward (@louisetw) October 20, 2017 Planeta.com Wildlife Wildlife Tourism Australia Conversations The tour operator’s dilemma: Keeping the customer happy …

European Ecotourism

European ecotourism – we have a lot of questions. During the 2002 Ecotourism Summit several European leaders were hopeful that ecotourism could be protective of rural wilderness and respect urban nature. This Planeta.com guide is a work-in-progress, particularly as we prepare for the next European Ecotourism Summit. Key Links: Facebook: European Ecotourism Conference Workshops Planeta.com host …

Exploring Ecotourism

As part of our series exploring tourism definitions, we explore the ways ecotourism is interpreted around the world. Comments welcome below. While the details vary, most definitions of ecotourism boil down to a special form of tourism that meets three criteria: 1) it provides for environmental conservation 2) it includes meaningful community participation 3) it is …