2007 Rural Tourism Fair (Oaxaca)

Photo: Feria de Turismo Rural (Some rights reserved) About 200 people attended the world’s largest small event, the Rural Tourism Fair which took place Saturday, January 27, 2007. About the fairA small festival among friends, the 2007 Rural Tourism Fair was the seventh annual tourism fair created by Planeta.com and friends in Oaxaca City. The …

The Challenge of Tourism Certification

Archived feature: 2007 Understanding tourism certification is a bit tricky and when it comes to defining what constitutes ecotourism, sustainable tourism, conscious travel, or responsible travel, there is little consensus. When it comes to developing global accreditation schemes, there’s a growing demand to ‘stop the steamroller.’ Indigenous peoples, tour operators and others say that many …

Music for the Earth: Improving the Dialogue (2006)

Photo: Airport From the archives: Part of the Musica por la Tierra concert, the Encuentro Internacional por la Naturaleza took place May 18-26, 2006 in Huatulco, Mexico. Participants prepared a declaration about how responsible tourism can contribute to the protection of natural areas. Some of the most important and genuinely sustainable projects are extensive conversations …

Executive Summary: Ecotourism Emerging Industry Forum (2005)

Poster: Ron Mader, Emerging Industry Forum (Some rights reserved) IntroductionThe Ecotourism Emerging Industry Forum was broken down into seven dialogue areas: Developing Infrastructure for Sustainable Tourism, Private Sector/Public Sector Collaboration, Finance for SMEs, Communities and SMEs, Marketing and Market Development, Interpretive Programs, Triple Bottom Line Business Structures and Strategies each of which resulted in a …

Emerging Industry Forum (2005)

Poster: Ron Mader, Emerging Industry Forum (Some rights reserved) The final results have been delivered and posted from the Emerging Industry Forum, a three week dialogue with 40 active participants from 16 countries and 237 registered observers which took place November 1-18, 2005 on Planeta.com. The summary report is available. Megan Epler Wood, of EplerWood …

Urban Ecotourism Declaration

Poster From the archives Participants in the first International Urban Ecotourism Conference (2004) respect Urban Ecotourism as an ongoing opportunity to conserve biological and social diversity, create new jobs and improve the quality of life. We issue the following declaration: Recognizing urban centers as cradles of civilization, socio-political progress, examples of co-existence between diverse cultures …

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 …