Sustainable Development of Ecotourism Web Conference (2002)

Photo: Ron Mader presenting summary From the archives: The Sustainable Development of Ecotourism Web Conference, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Tourism Organization, took place online in April 2002. The conference was moderated by Mr. Ron Mader, author and webhost of the Planeta.com Website, who presented the results at the World …

2010 Innovation Award Winner Ron Mader

Image: 2010 Winner Badge From the archives Planeta.com’s Ron Mader has been selected as the 2010 Innovation Award Winner and will receive the award at the closing reception of the ESTC 2010 Conference in Portland, Oregon. Said TIES’ Director of Communication Ayako Ezaki, “All of us on TIES team have been very impressed with your …

Internet Travel Planner (2000)

Book cover From the archives (and this week’s used book sale at Henderson Public Libraries): Internet Travel Planner (2000), Globe Pequot Press. Twenty years later, what does it say about the way internet travel has matured? This is like finding a vintage Sear’s Catalog of what was available online in the late 90s / early …

Tourism, Crisis, and Communication

Photo: Wilma When a crisis affects a particular place, it is rarely presented in a way that provides updated information for visitors. Many tourism businesses, not to mention regional and national ministries and campaigns, are reluctant to voice concerns. Scaremongering kicks in and things go from bad to worse. The consequence for not engaging the …

Players (a.k.a. Stakeholders)

Photo: Oaxaca Tourism Fair, Amigos del Sol 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 …

Responsible Travel Week 2009

Photo: Journey Bread Planeta.com thanks participants for joining the May 18-22, 2009 online conference focusing on responsible tourism around the world. “Since the Responsible Tourism Conference in Belize has been postponed until later this year, we are choosing to conduct some discussion online across various platforms, including Planeta.com and social web, aka Web 2.0 channels …

NGOS in Tourism and Conservation Summary (2002)

Photo: Melissa Biggs From the archives More than 170 people from around the globe took part in the NGOs in Tourism and Conservation Conference that took place online in October and November 2002. The NGOs in Tourism and Conservation Conference examined the role of non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Participants reviewed how stakeholders interact with …

Media, Environment, and Tourism Conference

From the archives In November 2001, Planeta hosted the Media, Environment, and Tourism Conference which brought together more than 160 media professionals from around the globe. The conference focused on the linkages between the environmental and tourism beats. Discussion ranged from reflections on the state of travel guidebooks to the ethics of environmental journalism to …