Some background. The third International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations took place in Belmopan, Belize October 19-23, 2009. In October 2019 Planeta.com revisits the event by checking in with organizers and participants.
- Who are the active players in responsible travel in Belize today?
- What are the relevant web links?
- Does anyone have memories or impressions of the conference?
In 2009 Planeta.com’s Ron Mader prepared an overview of how the social web can be used to improve storytelling that links locals and travelers.
This was Ron’s first trip to Belize and as part of the process, Planeta.com will be updating the Belize Guide. “My first introduction to Belize was through features we published about ten years ago, including Dominic Hamilton’s Belize Leads the Way and Richard Mahler’s Community’s Control Destiny. I’ve been waiting a long time to seeing this country with my own eyes!”
In 2008, Belize was chosen to host the Third World Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations, the first in the Americas. This conference was slated to be held in May 2009; however, due to the H1N1 Influenza A Virus Pandemic it has been postponed.
The Third International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD-3) was held at the University of Belize’s Auditorium in the Capital City of Belmopan. The Conference was co-chaired by Belize’s Ministry of Tourism and Professor Harold Goodwin of the ICRT of Leeds Metropolitan University-UK, with sponsorship from the Belize Tourism Board and other local and international organizations.