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Exploring Conscious Travel and Ecotourism
by Ron Mader

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If you live every day of your life as if you are on a wonderful journey through an endlessly fascinating, strange land -- you are.
- Travel Notebook

What is ecotourism? Presenting the popular and not so crappy graph

FLICKR ALBUM: Responsible Tourism


Our Exploring Conscious Travel and Ecotourism Guide is the 20+ year story of how tourism and conservation began to change themselves inside-out.

This feature is regularly updated with feedback from travelers, community leaders, entrepreneurs and policy-makers. We share the stories of how locals and visitors are creating mutually beneficial relationships that deepen our understanding of the world.

Some history. I've been a supporter of the local travel movement, responsible travel and ecotourism, long before the terms were coined or churned into associations and academic centers! Since 1988 I've been involved professionally and Planeta.com has been exploring these concepts since 1994 (which should explain how we maintain our old school appearance.)

It's time to rethink, reflect, reimagine and rebuild on a number of levels at the same time. Wikification is gaining ground, so please keep an eye on the Planeta Wiki as we continue to push the envelope of collaborative writing and editing.

A reminder: this guide is a work-in-progress. It would be good to refashion parts of this work into additional digital and analog formats. Suggestions are always welcome.



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BACKGROUND

The term really doesn't matter -- ecotourism, responsible tourism, sustainable tourism -- whatever policymakers call it, this will never be THE solution for any particular desired outcome. Tourism in all its guises - from slow adventures to local travel - works in tandem with other cultural and economic forces and serve as a catalyst which supports sustainable practices, including greening trade and tourism, conserving wildlife and creating mutually beneficial relationships among locals and visitors.

The guide and the entire Planeta.com website ask the big 'what if' question -- what if we truly helped one another? This contrasts with what if we try beat up on each other all the time, the vicious cycle seen far too often. What we'd like to see is what in Spanish is called un circulo virtuoso or a 'virtuous circle.'

Specifics may vary, but the big picture doesn't -- responsible tourism is preferable to irresponsible tourism, ecotourism is preferable to un-ecotourism, local tourism is better than tourism that ignores the locals and sustainable tourism is, well, you get the idea.


WIKI

g 2013 Responsible Tourism Week
g 2012 Responsible Tourism Week
g 2011 Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference
g 2011 Responsible Tourism at the World Cup (New Zealand)
g 2011 Responsible Tourism Week
g 2010 Responsible Tourism at the World Cup (South Africa)
g 2010 Responsible Tourism Week
g 2009 Responsible Tourism Week

 

FLICKR

g Oaxaca Tourism Fairs 2001-2012
ONLINE FLICKR

SLIDESHARE

g Presentations
g All Travel is Local
g Hashtags
g Chiapas 2010
g Responsible Tourism Fair
g ITBW 2010
g Colibri
g Upgrade Your World
g Climate Change Tips
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WIKI

g Ecotourism
g Toward Effective Communication in Responsible Travel and Ecotourism
ONLINE WIKI

VIDEO

g Message for Responsible Tourism Conference
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PLAYERS

Stakeholders
Stakeholders Worksheet
Defending the Visitors, aka Tourists
Community Tourism
Indigenous Peoples and Tourism
Deepening Engagement How Local, Regional and National Governments Brag, Develop and Nurture Travel and Tourism

 

MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

Wish List for Responsible, Sustainable Ecotourism
Tourism and Poverty Alleviation
Educational Travel

Attention responsible travel fans: For those who enjoyed #rtweek2012, the new hashtag for sharing: #rtyear2012

PARKS

g Park Photos and Handouts
g Tourism and Parks

 

TRAVELERS' GUIDE TO ECOTOURISM

Choosing an Ecotour
Tourism and Crafts
Practical tips: What to take
World Travel Directory

 

POLICY GUIDE TO ECOTOURISM

Financing Sustainable Tourism
Reflections from the World Bank
Sustainable Tourism Bank Watch
Understanding Ecotourism Certification

 

INSIDERS

Tourism, Crisis and Improving the Conversation

 

DEFINING OUR TERMS

Definitions
Examples from Latin America
Responsible Tourism
Stones in the Road
Local Travel
Slow Travel

 

ONLINE CONFERENCES

g Reimagining Ecotourism in North America May 2000
g Reimagining Ecotourism in Mexico September 2000
g Reimagining Ecotourism in South America November 2000
g Ecotourism Certification 2000-2003
g Reimagining Ecotourism in Central America February 2001
g International Year of Ecotourism 2001-2003
g Green Building and Tourism May 2001
g Media, Environment and Tourism November 2001
g Communities and Tourism March 2002
g Sustainable Development of Ecotourism 2002
g Financing Sustainable Tourism June 2002
g NGOs in Tourism and Conservation October 2002
g Ethical Marketing July 2003
g Environmental Impact of Transportation 2003
g City Environments 2004-2011
g Rural Tourism Conference April/May 2005
g Ecotourism Emerging Industry Forum November 2005
g Ethical Travel Dialogue June/July 2006
g Tourism and Migration 2007
g Dialogue on Linking Tourism and Protected Areas 2007
g Ecotourism Challenges Dialogue 2007
g Food, Health and Cultivating Communities 2008-2011
g Tourism and Climate Change 2008-2009
g Tourism and Biodiversity 2010

 

QUESTIONS

How is 'ecotourism' interpreted around the world?
What are ecotourism's core goals?
Can we design tourism that provides visitors and locals with choices and nudges us from poor decisions?
Are we culturalizing commerce or commercializing culture?

 

SPOTLIGHT ON MEXICO

Mexico Country Guide
Mexico Ecotourism Network (Red Mexicana de Ecoturismo)
Mexican Parks and Protected Areas
Ecotourism and Spirituality in Mexico

 

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF ECOTOURISM

IYE+5 Survey: International Year of Ecotourism
International Year of Ecotourism Resource Guide
Reflections on the International Year of Ecotourism
Reflections on the Quebec Ecotourism Summit
Sustainable Development of Ecotourism Web Conference

 

DEVELOPER'S GUIDE TO ECOTOURISM

Marketing on the Web
Food
Food Industry
Greening Hotels
How to write a media release (Como escribir un boletin de prensa)
Planeta Forum Guidelines (Como participar)
How to host a press trip
How to host a press conference
How to prepare a media kit
Green Events
Manuals

 


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