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 …

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 …

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), …

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 …

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 …

Colibri Ecotourism Award

Poster As part of the global celebration of World Environment Day, Planeta.com presented the Colibri Ecotourism Award from 2000-2010. ‘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 Martinez, Jennifer Morfín, Allan Rhodes, Antonio Suárez and Francisco …

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 …

Ecotourism NZ 2007

Conference Program Reflections on the the Ecotourism NZ 2007 Conference held in Greymouth, New Zealand August 1-3, 2007. The event was hosted by the Tai Poutini Polytechnic. Planeta.com’s Ron Mader was a keynote speaker. Ron: I would love to hear from people I met at the conference and from fans of tourism and ecotourism in New Zealand. …

Tbilisi, Georgia Hosts European Ecotourism Conference #EuroEco18

Photo: Beniamin Netan The 5th European Ecotourism Conference wraps up in Tbilisi, Georgia. The event took place September 10-14, 2018 and we are adding links/recapping the event on this page.  Hashtag: #EuroEco18 The main objective of this conference is to provide a venue and meeting place for stakeholders – researchers, academicians, practitioners – to present their …

European Ecotourism

Poster: 2018 Conference During the 2002 Ecotourism Summit several European leaders were hopeful that ecotourism could be protective of rural wilderness and respect urban nature. This Planeta.com guide is a work-in-progress. Key Links Facebook: European Ecotourism Conference European Ecotourism Network Questions To the organizers and participants – Will the conference have live and recorded video? Is …