Travel. Enjoy. Respect. #iy2017

The United Nations General Assembly approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. How we make the most of #IY2017 depends on what we do and how well we collaborate. The resolution, adopted on December 4, 2015, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of …

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 …

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 …

Stakeholder Worksheet

Get together! This exercise reflects on responsibilities and recommendations for ecotourism’s active players, or stakeholders. Keep it simple and use what works. LOCALS: Responsibilities: Recommendations: TRAVELERS: Responsibilities: Recommendations: GOVERNMENT: Responsibilities: Recommendations: ENVIRONMENTALISTS: Responsibilities: Recommendations: MEDIA: Responsibilities: Recommendations: TRAVEL INDUSTRY/HOTELS: Responsibilities: Recommendations: TRANSPORTATION: Responsibilities: Recommendations: TRAVEL AGENTS: Responsibilities: Recommendations: TOURISM PROVIDERS: Responsibilities: Recommendations: PR AGENTS: Responsibilities: …

Habitat3

Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development taking place this week in Quito, Ecuador, October 17 – 20. The meeting takes place every 20 years, and its action-oriented outcome, known as the New Urban Agenda, will be finalized this week. It has 175 items that center around two core objectives: inclusive …