Stones in the Road

Photo: Ron Mader, Kingman Wash (Some rights reserved) (2022) Revisiting one of the early essays from the archives from 1997-1999 Good news! Today’s travelers are increasingly seeking ways of visiting places and people in a manner that supports choosing responsible travel and ecotourism. That said, visitors rarely self-define themselves as ‘I am an ecotourist. Where …

Wishlist for Travel and Tourism

Artwork (Some rights reserved) From the archives, late 90s/early 00s What’s on your Wish List for Responsible, Sustainable Ecotourism that Alleviates Poverty, Creates Jobs, Conserves Biodiversity, Engages Events, Fosters Education, Greens Transport, and Promotes Meaningful Engagement among Stakeholders while creating a more Peaceful World? Our Planeta.com wishlist is based on numerous conversations with colleagues about …

Rethinking Tourism (1997)

Photo: Rethinking Tourism (Some rights reserved) 25th anniversary essay in progress Before World Tourism Day, September 27, we are re-reading Rethinking Tourism and Ecotravel (Deborah McLaren, 1997) = Antes del Día Mundial del Turismo, 27 de septiembre, estamos releyendo Rethinking Tourism and Ecotravel (Deborah McLaren, 1997) From the archives (1997) Deborah McLaren’s Rethinking Tourism and …

Defending the Tourists

Photo: Julian, Laredo Sign (Some rights reserved) From the archives, early 00s All too often, travelers are taken for granted. Tourist or traveler — does it matter which term is used? My current favorite term is the neutral ‘visitor.’ Chances are that during any trip, the visitor (by any name) has an opportunity to play …

Stockholm 1972

Photo: UN Photo/Yutaka Nagataoto The United Nations General Assembly established the first World Environment Day in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. “Stockholm was without doubt the landmark event in the growth of international environmentalism,” writes John McCormick in Reclaiming Paradise. “It was the first occasion on which …

Québec Declaration on Ecotourism

Summit Logo In the framework of the UN International Year of Ecotourism, 2002, under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Tourism Organization (WTO), over one thousand participants coming from 132 countries, from the public, private and non-governmental sectors met at the World Ecotourism Summit, hosted in Québec City, Canada, …

World Ecotourism Summit (2002)

Logo The World Ecotourism Summit, was held in Quebec City, Canada May 19-22, 2002. The Summit was an initiative of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It was hosted by Tourisme Québec and the Canadian Tourism Commission. Background The United Nations declared 2002 the International Year of Ecotourism. The …

Desert Notebook

Photo: Neal Wellons, Joshua Trees (Some rights reserved) 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 …