Colibri Ecotourism Award

As part of the global celebration of World Environment Day, Planeta.com presented the Colibri 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, …

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 …

Ecotourism NZ 2007

This month is the 10 year anniversary of the Ecotourism NZ 2007 Conference held in Greymouth, New Zealand August 1-3, 2007. The event was hosted by the Tai Poutini Polytechnic. Planeta.com’s Ron Mader was a keynote speaker. This month (August 2017) we’d like to redirect the old links and update this page. I would love to hear …

Biblioteca Vasconcelos Hosts Conscious, Eco Travel Seminars

Poster Mexico City – In the celebration of International Biodiversity Day, Biblioteca Vasconcelos and Conabio host events this week focusing on sustainable and conscious travel. The program provides an overview of the current status of conservation in the parks and protected areas, including the World Heritage Site Xochimilco in the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. …

#EuroEco17 European Ecotourism Roadmap

Starting today the 4th European Ecotourism Conference takes place in Safranbolu, Turkey. Hashtag: #EuroEco17 The conference will bring together a mix of 70 academic and businesses professionals. Karabük University Safranbolu Tourism Faculty (@krbkuni) hosts the conference with the partnership of Ministry of Forestry General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks and the Municipality of Safranbolu. With a …

European Ecotourism Conferences

April 17-19 – The 4th European Ecotourism Conference takes place in Safranbolu, Turkey. I will not be there in person, but Planeta.com is a media partner. We will be updating the presentation made at the first European Ecotourism Conference and offering free, public, live video workshops before, during and after the conference. Key Links: http://eecoc.karabuk.edu.tr/en Hashtag: #EuroEco17 Facebook: European Ecotourism …

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 …

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 …