Tourism Definitions

Artwork The following is our take on defining the terms and establishing alternatives to a one-size-fits-all ontology. Spotlight Agritourism Community Tourism Conscious Travel Culinary Tourism Exploring Ecotourism Ethnotourism Geotourism Indigenous Tourism Irresponsible Tourism Last Chance Tourism What is responsible travel? Rural Tourism Smart Tourism Sustainable Tourism Essay New terms are springing up such as coffee …

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 …

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 …

Culinary Tourism

Buzzwords Culinary tourism = the pursuit of unique and memorable eating and drinking experiences We are hungry for new ideas about culinary tourism options. What are your favorite guided and self-guided tours / routes / fairs / experiences? To be discussed further during Responsible Travel Week Responsible Travel Week A growing area of culinary tourism …

The Challenge of Ecotourism (1995)

Graphic by John Shores One of the fastest growing sectors of the tourism business is nature-oriented tourism. The travel industry has enlisted the support of environmental organizations and park agencies and is promoting nature travel as the hottest “environmentally correct” activity available. But is ecotourism the panacea these promoters claim? The author argues that ecotourism …