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 …

Exploring Ecotourism

Poster: @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 …

Ecotourism Links

Photo: Zion Links related to ecotourism presented in somewhat random fashion: Definitions Ecotourism is defined by its lack of definition. There is no consensus, no brand. As there has been no agreement on a standard definition, the important question is … does that matter? Ecotourism is overreaching at its finest and calls upon inter-sectoral alliances …

International Year of Ecotourism

Photo: Ron at the Summit The United Nations declared 2002 the “International Year of Ecotourism.” The declaration came as a result of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)-related meeting of the Ad-Hoc (Inter-Agency) Working Group on Tourism, convened at Heredia, Costa Rica in 1999 in which the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and the …

Colibri Ecotourism Award

Poster As part of the global celebration of World Environment Day, Planeta.com presented the Colibri Ecotourism Award from 2000-2010 to leaders of the eco travel movement in Mexico. ‘Colibri’ means ‘hummingbird’ in Spanish. Winners include Steve Bridger, Gerhard Buttner, Hector Ceballos-Lascurain,Jorge Chàvez de la Peña, Fernando Garcia Aguinaco, Verena Gerber, Marlene Ehrenberg, Juan Carlos Ibarra, Pedro …

Global Ecotourism Network

Elsewhere on the Web Global Ecotourism Network (GEN) – globalecotourismnetwork.org aims 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, provide advocacy and thought leadership, and to encourage innovation and authenticity in ecotourism. GEN acts as a vital resource for …

Diagnóstico del Ecoturismo en el Contexto de México (Diagnosis of Ecotourism in the Context of Mexico)

Photo: Cacamahuilpa Caverns From the archives Diagnostico del Ecoturismo en el Contexto de Mexico (Diagnosis of Ecotourism in the Context of Mexico) por Angel Nieva March/Marzo 2002 México — Dentro de las tendencias de las instituciones y organizaciones esta el aplicar la planeacion estrategica en sus areas de competencia; entendida esta como “el proceso por …

Ecotourism and Spirituality

Photo: Bosque From the archives This article first appeared in the June/July 1999 issue of Radical Grace magazine. The cackle of parrots draws my head to the auburn sky. Circling overhead this mountain in Mexico’s Eastern Sierra Madre, the birds are searching for a place to spend the night. “They are Maroon-fronted parrots (Rhynchopsitta terrisi), …

Urban Ecotourism Declaration

Poster From the archives Participants in the first International Urban Ecotourism Conference (2004) respect Urban Ecotourism as an ongoing opportunity to conserve biological and social diversity, create new jobs and improve the quality of life. We issue the following declaration: Recognizing urban centers as cradles of civilization, socio-political progress, examples of co-existence between diverse cultures …

Marketing Travel on the Social Web

Photo: Benleigh Workshop, 2006 This article was originally written in 2006. There are a few updates and suggestions are welcome. Successful tourism marketing requires an understanding of how to make effective use of one’s website and its connections on the social web. Yes, it is helpful to have a website but even moreso the dedicated …