Visitors

Buzzwords Visitor = a person visiting a person or place Oaxaca’s Hugo Antonio Santiago suggests that instead of using the word ‘tourist’ or ‘traveler’ we use the word ‘visitor.’ A more inclusive language is a better way to interact with one another. Translation: Visitors Maori: Manuhiri Spanish: Visitante Quotes While Australians love a rant as …

Conscious Travel

Photo: Labyrinth Conscious Travel = Being mindful of the impact and opportunities within travel as hosts and visitors and taking action to advance the best possible outcomes for all Conscious travel and tourism are terms favored by Planeta.com. Simply put, it is traveling with one’s conscience and connecting with others in a particular place. Empathy …

Sustainable Tourism

Poster: How do you define sustainable tourism? As part of our series exploring tourism definitions, we ask readers how you define sustainable tourism. Comments welcome. The notion that tourism could be “sustainable” is part of the dialogue on sustainable development. The goal is that development meet the needs of the present visitors and locals while protecting future …

Signage

Photo: La Cosecha Anniversary Make a good first impression! Visitors expect to find helpful directions — online and on the ground. Orientation is key. Rules of Good Signage 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 …

Tourism, Parks and Protected Areas

Photo: Lake Mead NRA Visitors’ Center Tourism in parks and protected areas can be a boon to local conservation efforts or it can afflict biodiversity conservation and environmental management. Many travelers find meaningful encounters with nature in protected areas, but wilderness fans are often at a loss when figuring out where to go and how …

Webinar: Visitor Use Management Framework, Part 2

IUCN/WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS) in partnership with the Interagency Visitor Use Management Council (IVUMC) and Ecoturismo Genuino presented a live video webinar July 5. The Visitor Use Management Framework is a process designed for federal managers to collaboratively develop, implement, and monitor strategies and actions to provide sustainable access to lands …

Webinar: Visitor Use Management Framework

Presenting the new Visitor Use Management Framework (VUM) Part 1 June 22, 2017, 10:00 (MST) The Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group) is a network of professionals committed to promoting sustainable tourism in protected areas globally, and whose mission is to provide a forum where people collaborate, stimulate dialogue, share expertise, develop and …

A Short History of Responsible Travel Week

Responsible Travel Week is our annual online unconference focusing on responsible travel. We launched RT Week in 2009 when the Responsible Tourism Conference in Belize was postponed due to the outbreak of H1N1. Since then we’ve moved the dates of RT Week to coincide with Valentine’s Day, prompting the tagline ‘Fall in love with responsible travel.’ …