Desert Notebook

Photo It is the rare storm that penetrates the Sonoran Desert. What litle precipitation does fall comes as a rule from December to March as gentle rains from Pacific weather disturbances, or in late July and August as violent thunderstorms.– John Alcock, Sonoran Desert Spring The humans who confronted the Pima and the Papago in …

Players (a.k.a. Stakeholders)

Photo: Oaxaca Tourism Fair, Amigos del Sol It takes time to read any game and what helps most is understanding who the players are and how they interact with one another. It’s all about understanding the expectations and responsibilities. This is straight-forward in sports and most games, but somehow in the politics of tourism and …

Live Aid (1985)

Logo Wikipedia: Live Aid was a benefit concert held on Saturday, July 13, 1985. The original event was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. Billed as the “global jukebox”, the event was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, UK and John F. Kennedy …

Marcus Endicott 2007

Photo From the archives (2007): Conversation with Marcus Endicott Key Links Facebook Patreon @mendicot Marcus, what is your background in travel? I’ve traveled all my life. I was born in Australia of U.S. parents while my father was a Fulbright scholar. I spent all my teenage years living in Switzerland and traveling frequently. Then I …

Responsible Tourism in Cities 2011

Poster From the archives On May 5, 2011 the Responsible Tourism in Cities Conference took place in Durban, South Africa at the start of the Indaba tourism conference. The 2011 event was presented by The City of Cape Town in partnership with Cape Town Tourism and South African Tourism. Media partners included Planeta.com. BackgroundAbout 100 …

Media, Environment, and Tourism Conference Summary

Poster (Image from Mariano Mantel) Who took part?More than 160 people registered for the MET Conference which originally took place online in November 2001. Active participation was limited to media professionals (see the Directory of Participants) and we other stakeholders, including tourism leaders, environmentalists, and others, to listen as quiet observers. To gauge who was …

Tourism Marketing Survey (2006)

Poster From the archives (2006): Planeta.com announces results from the 2006 Tourism Marketing Survey. Planeta.com invited tourism professionals to participate in a candid survey of tourism promotion around the world. Respondents have given government marketing campaigns around the world a low mark. Comments indicate that in country and outbound travel operators either do not know …