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 …

Touring Bird

Photo: Farrukh Touring Bird – https://www.touringbird.com – helps city travelers explore, compare, and book experiences via Google. Header: Travel – it’s all about the experience. Instagrammable places? Check. Self-guided, set your own pace treks? Check. As a new initiative, the offerings are limited to a handful of cities, mostly in the USA. What is offered …

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 …

European Ecotourism

Poster: 2018 Conference European ecotourism – we have a lot of questions. 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, particularly as we prepare for the next European Ecotourism Summit. Key Links Facebook: European Ecotourism Conference …

World Tourism Day

Poster The United Nations created World Tourism Day (September 27) in 1979 to increase awareness of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values. World Tourism Day is hosted by the UNWTO . Planeta.com has celebrated World Tourism Day for more than 20 years! We applaud the work of friends in …

Slow Travel

Photo: Monte Albán, Oaxaca Think smart, travel slow – Tagline, Planeta.com Take time to enjoy the experience, visit people and savor places. Slow travel is a breath of fresh air for everyone who has “been there…done that” and wants something deeper. Our suggestion: take a deep breath and slow down. Get to know the locals …

Positive Travel Bias

Buzzwords Newly coined term from Robert Reid: Positive Travel Bias. We’ll be exploring this further and updating this essay in the weeks and months to come. Writing in Transitions Abroad, Reid writes: Of the dozen types of cognitive biases — e.g. “confirmation bias” is the tendency to agree with people who agree with us — …

Local Travel

Buzzwords Questions How do you define local travel? What would locals like visitors to know? Essay Everywhere is local somewhere. Imagine how travel could be interpreted if we valued not only the experience of the visitor but the local as well. We talk about travelling like a local instead of thinking of how we could …