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 …

Overtourism

Buzzwords Overtourism = Essay Having seen the overcrowding in person at Zion National Park over the past decade, I wonder if we are satisfied with the communication about park visitation as visitors. Do we know beforehand that we are contributing to a human traffic jam? What are strategies for visitors to avoid overcrowded places? Living …

Wildlife Tourism

Buzzwords Wildlife Tourism = Observation and interaction with local animal and plant life in their natural habitats Elsewhere on the Web https://greengirlsinafrica.com http://www.wildlifetourism.org.au Headlines Dangers of ecotourism: Up close and infectious – Knowable Embedded Tweets Contact GWP for a webex link. pic.twitter.com/p9azTHZ4cg — Louise Twining-Ward (@louisetw) October 20, 2017 2018 Wildlife Tourism Australia Supporting Sustainable …

Wildlife Tourism Australia 2018

Photo: Tasmanian Devil This week, October 28-31, Wildlife Tourism Australia holds its conference and Planeta.com will be up transforming this preview page into an exciting recap. We are also curating this Twitter moment. The conference – Wildlife tourism values and challenges: balancing the needs of wildlife, tourists, operators and residents – takes place in Tasmania. …

Responsible Travel and Ecotourism in Mexico

Photo: Grutas de Cacahuamilpa Mexico boasts a well-established system of ground, air, and sea-based transportation, allowing easy access to and within country. Of note is the world-famous cuisine noted for its diversity and sophisticated flavors. Like potato dishes in Peru, Mexico’s corn dishes number in the thousands. Slow food (and slow agriculture … Mexico was the first country to domesticate …

Indigenous Tourism

Buzzwords Indigenous Tourism = Questions What is the difference between Indigenous Tourism and Ethnotourism? How can visitors determine the degree the traditional or Indigenous people design and benefit from tourism? What resources are available to traditional and Indigenous peoples keen on offering travel and tourism services? Planeta.com Tourism Definitions Ethnotourism Indigenous Indigenous Peoples Week

UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) — http://www.unwto.org — is a specialized agency of the United ‎Nations and the leading international organization in the field of tourism. It serves as a ‎global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how.‎ UNWTO is committed to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (see: global goals), geared ‎toward reducing poverty and …

Irresponsible Tourism

Buzzwords Irresponsible tourism = Not responsible tourism Key Links https://www.facebook.com/groups/irresponsibletourism This is a whistle blowing, campaigning and discussion forum for anyone who is concerned about irresponsible tourism and who wants to draw it to the attention of others and the media; or to discuss what can be done about it. Many are now beginning to …

Astrotourism

Buzzwords Astrotourism = Astronomical tourism There are plenty of star parties, festivals, telescope tours and more at International Dark Sky Places. Some say the best part of parks can only be experienced after dark. Look up and there’s a galaxy to behold. Embedded Tweets Astrotourism is taking off! If you're a casual observer or dedicated …