Stones in the Road

INDEX: Communication – Cat Herding – Development AND Promotion –Certification – Financing – Continuity –Fatalism – Language – Seat Warmers –Small is beautiful – Politics – On the road again – Only the lonely – Greed–Centralization – Security – Fizzle – Myths< Good news! Today’s travelers are increasingly seeking ways of visiting places and people …

Las Vegas #RTTC Conversation

I have mixed feelings about Las Vegas, but what it does right few people talk about and what it does wrong locals don’t think visitors need to know about. It’s still a challenge to listen to locals downtown. There are attractions, points of interest, downloadable maps, but no regularly scheduled guided walks. Responsible travel as …

Views on Responsible Tourism (2008)

In March 2008 Planeta.com conducted a survey on responsible tourism. Results were presented at the Second International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Kerala, India. Here are excerpts from the survey responses: What do you understand responsible tourism to be? an approach to tourism development and delivery that balances the needs of the guest, host supplier, …

The tour operator’s dilemma: Keeping the customer happy while not disturbing the wildlife

Photo: Wildlife Information Centre This essay is excerpted from a presentation at the 2002 International Ecotourism Conference in Cairns. A traveller almost always has limited time and limited money and is looking for quality experiences within those constraints. Wildlife tour operators have to deliver these quality experiences. In this competitive world we need to not …