#ProtectGoldButte Press Conference

It’s not breaking news, it’s streaming news! Presenting the August 18 livestreaming video from Facebook Live from Las Vegas about the proposed Gold Butte conservation area. Details on the Protect Gold Butte website This press conference was a show of support connecting conservation and the new wave of responsible, conscious, Indigenous ecotourism. Senator Harry Reid and Representative Dina Titus, both …

New Zealand Hosts Wild Places Conference #EDSWildPlaces2016

Friends of New Zealand, biodiversity, wilderness and responsible, conscious ecotourism, check out #EDSWildPlaces2016 hosted by @EDS_NewZealand. The two-day conference takes place August 10-11 in Auckland. Key Links http://www.edsconference.com Facebook vimeo program Hashtag: #EDSWildPlaces2016 Twitter:@EDS_NewZealand @Forest_and_Bird   @RobSuisted About the event From the conference website: Wild Places define New Zealand. They evoke powerful emotions that connect us to these islands with their outstanding scenery …

Registration is open for Indigenous Peoples Week #ipw6

Planeta.com’s sixth annual celebration of social web storytelling about Indigenous peoples and tourism around the world — Indigenous Peoples Week takes place August 8-14. Partners in this endeavour are Nutti Sámi Siida, TIME Unlimited , Madidi Jungle Ecolodge and The Travel Word. Hashtag: #ipw6 Participation is free. Donations are welcome. Registration is open https://indiweek2016.eventbrite.com The objective is …

Hawai’i Hosts International Coral Reef Symposium #ICRS2016

coralsquare Hawai’i – This week (June 19-14) the International Coral Reef Symposium gathers 2,500+ coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 97 nations to present the latest research (and more!) in coral sustainability. It’s an important meeting and we’re looking forward to hearing friends and colleagues let us know the highlights. Key links 13th International Coral Reef Symposium …

Bad Day for Ecolodges

It’s a bad day for ecolodges. Breaking news from the Global Ecotourism Network regarding closures of Ariaú Amazon Tower in Brazil and Huaorani Ecolodge in Ecuador. We will be posting updates and explainers for each. Abandoned should be the theme parks near radioactive sites, not the eco-minded, community-minded lodges in the wilderness. But here we are in 2016 when many …

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Las Vegas is the hub of a vast and varied network of parks and protected areas. You can #findyourpark in any direction! One of the gems is 30 miles to the north. Desert National Wildlife Refuge includes more than 1.5 million acres in southern Nevada and is the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the lower 48 …

2016 National Park Week #FindYourPark

April 16 through 24, 2016 is National Park Week in the USA. The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and on 16 days this year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Planeta.com will be highlighting events around the country, sharing live Periscope videos and …

Reframing Sustainable Tourism Hangout

A new take and new book on some perplexing conundrums for fans and friends of responsible, eco, conscious travel, presenting our April 2016 hangout on Reframing Sustainable Tourism. Guests: Authors  +Keith Bosak and +Stephen McCool Key Words: Brazil – Case Studies – Community – Critical Discussion – Framework –Geography – India – Las Vegas – New System …

Responsible Travel Week 2016

One of Planeta.com’s tentpole events, Responsible Travel Week manifests our commitment toward effective communication and collaboration. Responsible travel is not an ethical dilemma of whether to have fun or be responsible. We can do both! 2016 is the eighth year for Responsible Travel Week and Planeta.com’s 17th year of innovative conferencing. Back in 2000 we …

The tour operator’s dilemma: Keeping the customer happy while not disturbing the wildlife

Photo: Wildlife Information Centre This essay is excerpted from a presentation at the 2002 International Ecotourism Conference in Cairns. A traveller almost always has limited time and limited money and is looking for quality experiences within those constraints. Wildlife tour operators have to deliver these quality experiences. In this competitive world we need to not …