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Why we Host Responsible Travel Week
by Ron Mader

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Publication date: February 2013

Be a romantic. Fall in love with Responsible Travel Week Feb 11-17 #rtweek2013

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Next week we begin our 14th year of online conferencing with the 2013 Responsible Travel Week: February 11-17.

It allows us to reflect on some of the reasons we believe in online conferences and promote hybrid events that connect gatherings in the natural world and online.

WHY WE HOST RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL WEEK

It creates a platform, aka venue, for colleagues and old friends.
It creates a platform, aka venue, to meet new people.
It allows us to test out the social web.
It encourages us to create local, lofi events.
It helps us prepare for the year ahead.
It helps us reflect on the past year.
It cultivates partnerships.
It promotes Ron's paid workshops.
It models the behaviors we wish to see in others -- openness, inclusion, collaboration.
It permits us to discuss some provocative ideas.

PROVOCATIVE IDEAS

Conservation and tourism should adopt the principles of Open Education Resources
Conferences and trade shows should have free wi-fi and livestreaming
Awareness of the big ideas inherent in responsible travel works best if we encourage people to create and register local events.

TESTIMONIALS

Many thanks for the kind testimonials for Responsible Travel Week!

Anna Pollock: Ron is one of the most consistently generous promoters of responsible travel whose Planeta Wiki is an invaluable and comprehensive source of information. The organisation of Responsible Travel Week, which brings together experts and students of responsible travel from all over the world, makes an enormous contribution to the adoption of sustainable practices and helping spread new ideas, techniques and skills. Ron is first and foremost an enabler and facilitator as opposed to an empire builder and if he didn't exist we'd have to invent him!

Andy Drumm: Ron's tireless work to promote sustainability in tourism has been very effective in promoting and facilitating the engagement of local practitioners to enrich a global dialogue. Responsible Tourism Week goes from strength to strength as a forum that successfully builds and links between the diverse institutions and individuals building sustainability in the tourism industry.

Joshua Berman: Ron Mader is breaking new ground with his Responsible Travel Week 2013. He is professional, forward-thinking, and the perfect global spokesperson for responsible tourism across the world.

Anders Kärrstedt: Ron's hands on work with Responsible tourism is impressive. Planeta.com, Wikiplaces and organizing several unconferences on the subject has helped many to get an insight what responsible tourism really is about in practice. Small practical tips help to collaborate with other companies, friendly invitations to participate in different events and a lot of attention is how Ron has helped us.

Valere Tjolle: Without doubt Ron is the most determined, passionate, inspirational and well-connected person in the sustainable tourism world.

Marcus Bauer: For the last five years I had the privilege of working with Ron to fuel the global movement for local travel and responsible tourism. The Responsible Tourism Week, anually organized by Ron, is a highlight in the calendar for everyone interested in learning, sharing and networking about responsible travel. Ron is not only a constant advocate for the use of social media in and for tourism, he is also a literate and instructive facilitator of virtual conferences and for online collaboration. What I particularly like about Ron is that he does not restrict his engagement to internet-lobbying. He walks out and hands-on involves local people by introducing them to the power of social media tools thus giving them an important voice to claim their stake in tourism development.

Sallie Grayson: Ron's advocacy and support for "local" and "responsible" travel is tireless - I would highly recommend that small organisation particularly - find the tiny fee that planeta requests for SEO support - it is well worthwhile. if you cant find that then still join in the 2013 RT WEEK - you will gain a lot.

Carlos Topete: Ron has organized and lead the Responsible Travel Weeks for many years now. With the creation of the Responsible Travel Week Ron has encourage responsible travelers from around the world to discover local experiences and crafts by involving local businesses as venues for events such as Cheese Night and Chocolate Night.

Annelies Hamerlinck: Ron is one of the most inspiring and visionary man I have come to meet so far. He has so much knowledge about Ecotourism and is very willing to share it with the world, and he always willing to keep learning about new media. He is definitely an inspiration for me to run my business in the most eco-friendly way possible. I had read and studied about Ron when I wrote my thesis about Ecotourism a long time ago at University in Belgium, I feel very blessed I have come to know him more and that now he is a part of my life and professional network.

Richard Mahler: I can think of no one more capable, qualified, or creative to organize 2013 Responsible Travel Week than Ron. He will do an exceptional job, above and beyond the call of duty.

Greg Hubbs: I have worked with Ron Mader on numerous occasions as both a colleague and student in his tireless creative quest to use social media tools in order to further the important dialog regarding responsible travel, which is a concept we have long advocated at Transitions Abroad and about which he has written and contributed so very much for many years in his association with my late father, myself, and so many other leaders in the travel field. Ron has conducted social web workshops with us at Transitions Abroad, which is way to not only teach and collaborate with us using all the relevant new media tools which develop ceaselessly, but to draw us further into participation in his own ambitious vision.
The workshops conducted with us are merely a drop in the bucket compared to how he synthesizes the use of social medial for the yearly Responsible Travel week, an online conference using all possible media, in which we have been pleased to participate and hope to be even more active in the future. Responsible Travel week focuses on best practices in travel and tourism around the world and is based upon sophisticated discussions of both the "golden rule" of travel advocated by my late father and Ron's platinum rule of travel which center on developing and enhancing the relationships of travelers visiting countries or regions and host communities.

Aivar Ruukel: I have been following Ron online since early 90-ties, when he started Planeta.com first and one of the best sources on Ecotourism inspiration and information. Once I have had pleasure to meet Ron, when he gave a keynote on European ecotourism conference in 2010. It was the highlight of the event. We do collaborate online every week, and I am allways learning from him, every now and then!"



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