European Ecotourism Conferences

Mark your calendars! April 17-19, 2017 4th European Ecotourism Conference takes place in Safranbolu, Turkey Hashtag: #EuroEco17 Facebook: European Ecotourism Conference More info about the previous conferences online the Planeta Wiki: http://planeta.wikispaces.com/europeanecotourism Slideshare Ecotourism Europe from ron mader

How to be a Responsible Traveler

Global tourism has matured and offers options for travelers wishing their journeys to be as eco-friendly, people-friendly and place-friendly as possible. While there is no standard definition that used by locals and visitors alike, most travelers simply want to have a good trip that causes no harm and most locals want to please visitors who are …

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 …

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 …

The Great Training Robbery

Poster: Ron Mader, Certifiers by Michael Kaye In their brilliant book Dangerous Game, authors James O’Shea and Charles Madigan, describe how the big consulting firms have bilked the world’s major corporations out of literally tens of billions of dollars by selling them bad advice. While the ecotourism consulting industry has not achieved that scale, it …

Sharks, Parks and Whales

LIVE WEBCAST! Divers for Sharks and partner organizations hosts a side-event at the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13) to discuss NON-EXTRACTIVE uses of marine wildlife and Marine Protected Areas. If you are not in Cancún, tune in for the live webcast on the Divers for Sharks’ Facebook Page page Tuesday …

Can ecotourism get its groove back?

Can ecotourism get its groove back? For 20+ years Planeta.com has been the Global Journal of Practical Ecotourism. We’ve been covering the subject warts and all since 1994. During this time …. we’ve been tracking a decline and perhaps a fatigue when it comes to the word ‘ecotourism.’ As much as I like and value my interpretation …

Colibri Ecotourism Award

As part of the global celebration of World Environment Day, Planeta.com presented theColibri Ecotourism Award from 2000-2010. Currently we’re focusing efforts on staying in contact with Colibri winners via the social web. ‘Colibri’ means ‘hummingbird’ in Spanish. Winners include Steve Bridger, Gerhard Buttner, Hector Ceballos-Lascurain,Jorge Chàvez de la Peña, Fernando Garcia Aguinaco, Verena Gerber, Marlene Ehrenberg, Juan …

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 …