Mexico Celebrates National Tree Day #DiaDelArbol

Among our favorite floating date holidays: Mexican Tree Day. In Mexico, the second Thursday of July is Mexican Tree Day, from the 1959 decree by President Adolfo Lopez Mateos. En México, el segundo jueves de julio es el Día del Árbol Mexicano,   a partir del decreto de 1959, del presidente Adolfo López Mateos. Hashtag: #DiaDelArbol Embedded …

Creating Fan Clubs for #WorldHeritage #40whc

I started watching live webcasts of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meetings just a couple of years ago. Here is the diplomatic process at work on the ground andlivestreaming around the globe. What’s not to like?! I am a fan of world heritage. (Soy un fanatico del patrimonio mundial.) This week UNESCO is holding its current meeting …

Preview: 40th Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee #40whc

Istanbul, Turkey hosts the 40th Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee July 10-20, 2016. Hashtag: #40whc The World Heritage Committee will examine proposals to inscribe 29 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its 40th session, which will be chaired by Ambassador Lale Ülker, General Director for Overseas Promotion and Cultural Affairs at the Turkish Ministry of …

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 …

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 …

Supporting Pochote Xochimilco

Members of the Pochote Xochimilco Market in Oaxaca, Mexico have staged a peaceful protest in the Plaza de la Danza outside the City Hall (Palacio Municipal). Neighbours from the Xochimilco neighborhood have complained about the market and demand its removal. The protest seeks to show support for the market. Details on Facebook Consider me present …

Mexico’s Invisible Tourism Trade Show

Tianguis Turístico is underway in Guadalajara, Mexico but the trade show’s online presence is sorely lacking. Recommendation: participants find a way of benevolently hacking the event. Live video is a must. Remote participants need access to presentations and press conferences. Any tourism event worth its salt this year haslivestreaming video starting with the exhibitors — …

Preview: 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the Convention, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings. To date the Conference of the Parties has held 12 ordinary meetings, and one extraordinary meeting (the latter, to adopt the Biosafety Protocol, was held in two parts). …