Conversation with Joe Cummings (2004)

Photo From the archives (2004) Born in New Orleans and raised in Texas, California, France, and Washington, DC, Joe Cummings – joecummings.com – has been writing about travel and culture for nearly two decades. Attracted to geographical extremes, his first in-depth journeys occurred in the river deltas and rainforests of Southeast Asia, where he worked …

Environmental Impact of Transportation (2003)

Poster (Some rights reserved) The Environmental Impact of Transportation Conference was Planeta’s 13th e-conference and took place in October and November 2003. We examined how to ‘get there from here’ without leaving an indelible footprint on the environment. Participants looked at the environmental impact of transportation at local, regional and international levels. The event provided …

Tourism Marketing and Certification (2003)

Poster From the archives (2003) The pros and cons of certification were discussed during the Ethical Marketing of Ecotourism Conference which highlighted three important issues when concerning the eco and social standards in tourism: 1) No Consensus — There is no consensus that ecotourism certification is viable or useful. In fact, there is a move …

Reflections from the World Bank

Photo: World Bank From the archives (2003) If we consider tourism’s potential in encouraging job creation, it would seem this ought to be a natural course of action for any development bank working toward poverty alleviation. After all, tourism is a major service industry. Rural communities and cities alike depend on tourism revenues to fuel …

Final Report: Sustainable Development of Ecotourism Web Conference Report (2002)

Photo: Ron at the Summit (Playlist) From the archives: 2002’s Sustainable Development of Ecotourism Web Conference ReportAlso available in Spanish and French IntroductionOver the past two decades ecotourism activities have expanded rapidly and further growth is expected in the future. Recognizing its global importance, the United Nations designated the year 2002 as the International Year …

Rapport Final: Conférence virtuelle Développement durable de l écotourisme (2002)

Photo: Ron at the Summit Conférence virtuelle Développement durable de l’écotourisme » Conférence préparatoire del’Année internationale de l’écotourisme1-26 avril 2002 RAPPORT FINAL INTRODUCTION Au cours des deux dernières décennies, les activités d’écotourisme ont connuun développement rapide et on s’attend à ce que leur expansion se poursuivedans l’avenir. Reconnaissant l’importance mondiale de cette forme detourisme, les …

Informe Final: Conferencia Electronica sobre el Desarrollo Sostenible del Ecoturismo (2002)

Photo: Ron at the Summit Conferencia electronica sobre el Desarrollo Sostenible del Ecoturismo Conferencia preparatoria para el Ano Internacional del Ecoturismo 1-26 de abril de 2002 INFORME FINAL INTRODUCCION En los ultimos veinte anos, las actividades ecoturisticas se han expandido con una gran rapidez y se preve un mayor crecimiento en el futuro. Las Naciones …

NGOS in Tourism and Conservation Summary (2002)

Poster From the archives More than 170 people from around the globe took part in the NGOs in Tourism and Conservation Conference that took place online in October and November 2002. The NGOs in Tourism and Conservation Conference examined the role of non-profits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Participants reviewed how stakeholders interact with other sectors …

Sustainable Development of Ecotourism Web Conference (2002)

Photo: Ron Mader presenting summary (Some rights reserved) From the archives: The Sustainable Development of Ecotourism Web Conference, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Tourism Organization, took place online in April 2002. The conference was moderated by Mr. Ron Mader, author and webhost of the Planeta.com Website, who presented the results …

Media, Environment, and Tourism Conference (2001)

Poster (Image from Mariano Mantel) In November 2001, Planeta hosted the Media, Environment, and Tourism Conference which brought together more than 160 media professionals from around the globe. The conference focused on the linkages between the environmental and tourism beats. Discussion ranged from reflections on the state of travel guidebooks to the ethics of environmental …