Bad Day for Ecolodges

Photo: Tropic It’s a bad day for ecolodges. Breaking news from the Global Ecotourism Network regarding closures of Ariaú Amazon Tower in Brazil and Huaorani Ecolodge in Ecuador. We will be posting updates and explainers for each. Abandoned should be the theme parks near radioactive sites, not the eco-minded, community-minded lodges in the wilderness. But here we are in 2016 …

Be Safe Out There!!

June 1 (1230pm Las Vegas, 230pm Minneapolis, 330pm NYC). Be safe out there!! And is there an app for that? Don’t not travel — the whole world is not a red zone. In today’s world, be attentive and informed when traveling. Our #PlanetaTalks  #LocalTravelUSA hangout shared tips on the smart use of your smartphone when visiting unfamiliar …

Re-Dedication of the Desert View Watchtower #nps100 #findyourpark

Breaking. This story is being updated. Grand Canyon, Arizona –The National Park Service (NPS) and its partners invite the public to a re-dedication ceremony at the Desert View Watchtower on Sunday, May 22, 2016. The ceremony, a National Park Service Centennial event, commemorates the grand re-opening and rededication of the Watchtower from a souvenir shop to …

Hanging out on Biodiversity Day #idb2016

May 22 is the International Day for Biological Diversity (Día Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica). Planeta.com hosts a live video hangout over the #IDB2016 weekend. Mainstreaming is livestreaming! The format will be a guided tour of key websites and online resources focusing on biodiversity. Starting Time: Las Vegas, Saturday, May 21 730am Questions How is ‘biodiversity’ …

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Saturday, May 14, the refuge celebrates its 80th anniversary, having first opened May 20, 1936. The much newer visitors’ center hosts the celebration from 9am-1pm. There will be a bird hike, guided walks, cake and more. Free for everyone. Our questions – what is the status of the refuge and how land may or may not …

Supporting Pochote Xochimilco

Members of the Pochote Xochimilco Market in Oaxaca, Mexico have staged a peaceful protest in the Plaza de la Danza outside the City Hall (Palacio Municipal). Neighbours from the Xochimilco neighborhood have complained about the market and demand its removal. The protest seeks to show support for the market. Details on Facebook Consider me present …

Mexico’s Invisible 2016 Tourism Trade Show

Tianguis Turístico is underway in Guadalajara, Mexico but the trade show’s online presence is sorely lacking. Recommendation: participants find a way of benevolently hacking the event. Live video is a must. Remote participants need access to presentations and press conferences. Any tourism event worth its salt this year haslivestreaming video starting with the exhibitors — …

The best way to help Ecuador is to visit Ecuador

Planeta.com – A 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador has left more than 600 people dead and thousands injured. This week the country mourns. In an impromptu hangout Friday, April 22, Dominic Hamilton shared his observations and reflections from Quito. Dom’s main take-home message: The best way to help Ecuador is to visit Ecuador. Planeta’s request/challenge: we need to …

Reframing Sustainable Tourism Hangout

A new take and new book on some perplexing conundrums for fans and friends of responsible, eco, conscious travel, presenting our April 2016 hangout on Reframing Sustainable Tourism. Guests: Authors  +Keith Bosak and +Stephen McCool Key Words: Brazil – Case Studies – Community – Critical Discussion – Framework –Geography – India – Las Vegas – New System …