Exploring Sustainable Tourism

Poster: Ron Mader, How do you define sustainable tourism? As part of our series exploring tourism definitions, we ask readers how you define sustainable tourism. Comments welcome below. The notion that tourism could be “sustainable” is part of the dialogue on sustainable development, critical in 2017, the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The goal is …

Conscious Travel

Photo: Ron Mader, Labyrinth Conscious Travel = Being mindful of the impact and opportunities within travel as hosts and visitors and taking action to advance the best possible outcomes for all Conscious travel and tourism are terms favored by Planeta.com. Simply put, it’s traveling with one’s conscience and connecting with others in a particular place. …

Exploring Ecotourism

As part of our series exploring tourism definitions, we ask readers how you define ecotourism. 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 profitable and can …

Exploring Responsible Tourism

As part of our series exploring tourism definitions, we ask readers how you define responsible tourism. Our view: Responsible tourism is treating others the way they wish to be treated. While tourism campaigns have long touted ‘destinations’ — in fact we are simply entering a place that is someone else’s home. What is responsible travel? Responsible …

Tourism Definitions

2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development which prompts the question … what is sustainable tourism? Truth is, we’ve been beleaguered by definitions of tourism long before Planeta.com launched in 1994. Among the goals for 2017 is the compilation of tourism definitions. New terms are springing up such as responsible travel and …

Crafting Our Future

Photo: Ron Mader, Arial Playas’ Carved Salmon We ask whether it’s time to engage artesanos and fans alike via the social web. This topic is explored in depth in the Slideshare presentation Crafting Our Future (Fabricando Nuestro Futuro). Background Buying from locals assists local economic development. Shopping has great entertainment value and tourists love souvenirs, …

Marketing Travel on the Social Web

Photo: Ron Mader, Benleigh Workshop If you manage a tourism business, the second most valuable piece of real estate you own is your website. Successful tourism marketing requires an understanding of how to make effective use of one’s website and its connections on the social web. INSIDER TIPS Planeta.com‘s role as an online facilitator/clearinghouse for …

Wish List for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development #iy2017

The United Nations General Assembly approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of …

Tourism and Migration

ABOUT THE TOURISM AND MIGRATION CONFERENCE Participants in the 2007 Tourism and Migration E-Conference shared examples from countries around the globe, including Canada, Ecuador, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa, Thailand and the United States. Participants are asked to reflect on the difference between travel and migration and to relay their own experiences and research. We also …

Players (a.k.a. Stakeholders)

It takes time to read any game and what helps most is understanding who the players are and how they interact with one another. It’s all about understanding the expectations and responsibilities. This is straight-forward in sports and most games, but somehow in the politics of tourism and conservation, it’s precisely the expectations and responsibilities …