Improving Signage

Photo: La Paz = Peace Visitors expect to find helpful directions — online and on the ground. Orientation is key. Good signage obeys three simple rules: 1) The information is clear. 2) The information is accurate. 3) The information is where the visitor is looking. Confusing, obsolete or hard-to-find information leads visitors to question the …

Engaging Tourism Trade Shows

Poster Tourism trade show = an exhibition at which businesses in the tourism sector promote their products and services Can tourism trade shows be more engaging? Specifically, can do they be more successful with locals and remote participants? It’s far too easy to have a tourism trade show in which the locals are the luxury …

How to be a Responsible Traveler

Photo: Ron and Zoe Travel around the globe continues to mature and offer options for travelers wishing their journeys to be as eco-friendly, people-friendly, and place-friendly as possible. While there are few standard definitions used by locals and visitors alike, most travelers simply want to have a good trip that causes no harm and most locals …

Mexico Tourism

Photo: Taxco Updating our snapshot of travel and tourism in Mexico. Essay The role of travel and tourism needs to be re-evaluated – what works for locals and visitors and what does not. It cannot just be an issue of ‘bums on seats’ but rather the engagement of the cultural and social lives of those …

Culinary Tourism

Buzzwords Culinary tourism = the pursuit of unique and memorable eating and drinking experiences A growing area of culinary tourism are cooking classes and visits with favorite local cooks. Planeta.com We are hungry for new ideas about culinary tourism options. What are your favorite guided and self-guided tours / routes / fairs / experiences? To …

Outbounding

Logo Outbounding – outbounding.org – is a community-powered website focused on excellent travel writing. Members curate favorite travel content to share with new audiences across the web. “It’s time to demand better than thin, facile fluff.” Outbounding resembles Reddit in that anyone can submit quality features and the best are voted up (upvoted!) by members. Key Links outbounding.org Members What’s new Facebook …

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 Cultural Tourism Exploring Ecotourism Ethnotourism Gastrodiplomacy Geotourism Indigenous Tourism Irresponsible Tourism Last Chance Tourism What is responsible travel? Rural Tourism Smart Tourism Sustainable Tourism Essay New terms are springing up …

Travel Ban

Buzzwords Travel Ban = Restriction and banning visitors 2020 Headlines Trump Issues New Travel Ban – Lawfare June 26, 2018 Breaking news: The US Supreme Court upholds travel ban. The state of Hawaii, three of its residents, and a Muslim-American group challenged the new restrictions. The most recent travel ban blocked the issuance of visas …

Travel

Photo: Cows Travel is more than getting from Point A to B. The act of moving connects us to places and people in ways unimagined by standing still. Moving beyond the horizon, we need to be open to new experiences and language. Planeta.com was created 25 years ago in 1994-1995 to explore ecotourism and 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 sunset. Look up and there’s a galaxy to behold. Headlines Your Next Trip? It’s Written in the Stars – NYTimes astrotourism-stars-sightseeing-telescopes-where-to-go https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/comment/astrotourism-new-sustainable-travel-trend/ …