A Festival of Three Rivers #TRF2016

Add this to your #LocalTravelUSA events calendar! Fort Wayne, Indiana – July 8-16 Three Rivers Festival – Fort Wayne’s biggest summer party since 1969. Highlights include a parade, a bed race, a running race, raft race, heaps of junk food and (to be confirmed) bike valet service. The festival is an annual tradition and begins the Saturday after Independence …

When is bus service expected to resume in Oaxaca? = ¿Cuando reanude el servicio de autobuses en Oaxaca? #OaxacaNow (July 2016)

oaxaca bus Social protests continue in Oaxaca, Mexico. July is normally a festive month in the southern Mexican state, but with blockades and marches occurring the past two months, visitor cancellations have been on the increase. More disturbing is the news that the ADO Bus Terminal has been blockaded the past two weeks (late night …

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 …

Soundwalks in Chicago

Soundwalk = excursion where the main purpose is listening to the environment. A perfect event to host or join for World Listening Day (July 18). Hello, friends in the Midwest. If you are in Chicago this week (June 23-25) the go-to events are the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks Soundwalks. For all ages – …

Tourism, Crisis and Communication

When a crisis affects a particular place, it is rarely presented in a way that provides updated information for visitors. Many tourism businesses, not to mention regional and national ministries, are reluctant to announce problems. Scaremongering media kicks in and things go from bad to worse. The consequence for not engaging the public in dialogue …

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 …

Be Safe Out There!!

June 1 (1230pm Las Vegas, 230pm Minneapolis, 330pm NYC). Be safe out there!! And is there an app for that? Don’t not travel — the whole world is not a red zone. In today’s world, be attentive and informed when traveling. Our #PlanetaTalks  #LocalTravelUSA hangout shared tips on the smart use of your smartphone when visiting unfamiliar …

World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate

The latest UNESCO report on World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate was published this week, with a startling omission: At the request of the Government of Australia, references to Australian sites were removed from the Report (recent information about the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef is available on UNESCO’s website …

Re-Dedication of the Desert View Watchtower #nps100 #findyourpark

Breaking. This story is being updated. Grand Canyon, Arizona –The National Park Service (NPS) and its partners invite the public to a re-dedication ceremony at the Desert View Watchtower on Sunday, May 22, 2016. The ceremony, a National Park Service Centennial event, commemorates the grand re-opening and rededication of the Watchtower from a souvenir shop to …