Hawai’i Hosts International Coral Reef Symposium (2016)

Hawai’i – This week (June 19-14) the International Coral Reef Symposium gathers 2,500+ coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 97 nations to present the latest research (and more!) in coral sustainability. It’s an important meeting and we’re looking forward to hearing friends and colleagues let us know the highlights. Key links 13th International Coral Reef Symposium Facebook …

Australia 2016

Notes from Australia Headlines: 2016 Election #ausvotes https://planeta.com/1607ausvotes http://www.abc.net.au/news/federal-election-2016 Changing seats Seats in doubt Electorates A-Z Party totals Latest electorates Senate results And the winners are… https://blog.twitter.com/2016/how-the-2016-australian-federal-election-unfolded http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-08/antony-green-says-malcolm-turnbull-will-be-returned-as-pm/7580646 http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/partyroom/2016-07-07/7561446 https://mumbrella.com.au/twitter-ruin-election-378374 The morning after; Laura Tingle’s Canberra https://theconversation.com/ausvotes-a-final-update-from-the-social-media-hustings-61922 AEC website seat tally wrong: Antony Green http://www.portnews.com.au/story/4011604/confusion-reigns-in-cowper http://www.news.com.au/national/federal-election/alan-jones-and-senator-james-mcgrath-in-heated-fight-during-election-telecast/news-story/da33edbd9785ee9b4a086571796350b4 http://www.aec.gov.au/election Your guide to the Federal Election Sausage Sizzles …

World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate

The latest UNESCO report on World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate was published this week, with a startling omission: At the request of the Government of Australia, references to Australian sites were removed from the Report (recent information about the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef is available on UNESCO’s website …

Captain’s Call: Australia’s Word of the Year

Planeta.com’s favorite Word of the Year competition? Easily the one with online voting: Macquarie Dictionary’s Word of the Year wisely waits until the start of the following year to assess what gained traction in the previous 12 months. What’s found on the deep dive are linguistic treasures and a snapshot not only of 2015 but of the year to come …

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

Photo: Wildlife Information Centre This essay by Ronda J Green 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 …