World Heritage Day

Poster: Monte Albán, Oaxaca, México April 18 is World Heritage Day, aka International Monuments and Sites Day, celebrating the work of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) — icomos.org. There are events around the world. Hashtags: #worldheritageday, #IDMS 2019 World Heritage Day 2019 History On April 18, 1982 on the occasion of a …

The Value of Place

Photo: Irene’s atole (Oaxaca, Mexico) Place = A space, area, or spot Essay What makes a place special are the people who share the space. What makes trips so grand is the journey itself and connecting with locals on their turf. Travelers are seeking place-based information. This is not to say that those seeking travel tips are …

Valorisation of Protected Areas Resources MOOC

Photo The Valorisation of Protected Areas Resources MOOC highlights the sustainable use or valorisation of natural resources in protected areas. The main goal of this course is to introduce some of the commonly-used ways to sustainably valorise protected areas (and their resources), thereby contributing to their long-term conservation. It will focus on two complementary approaches: …

Exploring Ecotourism

Graphic @ronmader As part of our series exploring tourism definitions, we explore the ways ecotourism is interpreted around the world. 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 …

Faces and Places

Photo: Aivar Ruukel, Cranberries Consider please faces and places. It’s easy to have a checklist, perhaps a bucket list, of places to visit. Places are easy to visit and write about. Publishers love evergreen features which generally favor places over people. There might be the name of a local expert, but rarely more. From an …

Responsible Travel Week 2019

Poster: #7MagicMountains Please speak with Planeta.com host Ron Mader if you would like to participate in this global conversation. Volunteers requested for testing our video chats, first privately and then publicly. What’s next? Making Sustainability Smarter: Conversation with Marcus Endicott March 13, 4pm Las Vegas, March 14, 10am Byron Bay Announcement 2019 is Planeta.com‘s 20th …

Responsible Travel Week

Poster Planeta.com’s annual event, Responsible Travel Week manifests our commitment toward effective communication and collaboration. Join us! 2020 dates: February 10-16. Responsible Travel Week #rtweek19 Responsible Travel Week 2018 Responsible Travel Week #rtweek17 Responsible Travel Week 2016 Responsible Travel Week 2012 Responsible Travel Week 2010 Responsible Travel Week 2009 History Planeta.com’s first Responsible Travel Week …

Travel

Photo: Cows Travel is more than getting from Point A to B. The act of moving connects us to places and people in ways unimagined by those standing still. Moving beyond the horizon, we need to be open to new experiences and language. Planeta.com was created 25 years ago in 1994-1995 to explore ecotourism and …

Global Ecotourism Network

Elsewhere on the Web Global Ecotourism Network (GEN) – globalecotourismnetwork.org – is an organization whose founding members are the entire ex-Advisory Committee of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES). GEN’s mission is to bring together the world’s national and regional ecotourism associations and networks, destinations, indigenous peoples, global operators, professionals and academicians to grow the industry, …

Outbounding

Elsewhere on the Web Outbounding – http://outbounding.org – is a community-powered website focused on excellent travel writing. Members curate favorite travel content to share with new audiences across the web. “It’s time to demand better than thin, facile fluff.” Outbounding resembles Reddit in that anyone can submit quality features and the best are voted up (upvoted!) by members. Key Links http://outbounding.org Members What’s …