Wildlife Tourism

Photo: Lisa McNee, BLM, Buck Creek Watchable Wildlife Area (Some rights reserved) Wildlife Tourism = Observation and interaction with local animal and plant life in their natural habitats Questions = Preguntas Which are the recommended wildlife tourism options and which should be avoided? = ¿Cuáles son las opciones de turismo de vida silvestre recomendadas y …

World Tourism Day

Poster (Some rights reserved) The United Nations created World Tourism Day (September 27) in 1979 to increase awareness of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values. World Tourism Day is hosted by the UN World Tourism Organization. 2022 topic: Rethinking Tourism. Planeta.com has celebrated World Tourism Day since 1995, a …

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 …

Tourism in the USA

Photo: Ron Mader, Las Vegas Bike Share (some rights reserved) What would locals and visitors like to know about Tourism in the USA? Planeta.com curates this guide to announcements, headlines, reports, and the like. The sector is notoriously ephemeral so please let us know if there are additions or edits to be made on this …

Undertourism

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Undertourism = Inadequate levels of tourism Also see: overtourism Let’s talk about travel and tourism. Yes, overtourism is a problem but so is undertourism. In parks and protected areas inadequate funding and maintenance leads to low visitation which leads to declining social and financial investment which leads to abandonment. It …

Overtourism

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Overtourism = Questions What are examples of overtourism? What are strategies employed by destinations and regional authorities to avoid overcrowding? What are strategies for visitors to avoid overcrowded places? Wish ListAlternatives and lesser-known placesApps with details on congestion EssayLet’s talk (again) about overtourism, the quality of life for locals, and …

Nevada Tourism

Photo: Ron Mader, Heritage Museum (some rights reserved) Links and resources to tourism in Nevada: HeadlinesInternational travel to Las Vegas still far below pre-pandemic levels, warn officials – Nevada CurrentMore and more ‘junk fees’ appearing in Las Vegas tourist industryA six-word slogan, and the marketing campaign to advertise it, cost Nevada $9 million – Vegas …

Astrotourism

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Astrotourism = Astronomical tourism There are plenty of star parties, festivals, and telescope tours around the world. Look up after dark. HeadlinesThe ultimate stargazing road trip – BBCYour Next Trip? It’s Written in the Stars – NYTimesThe 6 Best Places to Stargaze in AustraliaThe rise of astrotourism: Why your next …

Irresponsible Tourism

Screenshot Irresponsible tourism = Not responsible tourism HeadlinesTourists are welcome in Oaxaca, Mexico. Their increasingly bad behavior is not. – Washington Post – @natbcoWhat’s wrong with the Manitou Cliff Dwellings Museum and Preserve? – @highcountrynews Questions = Preguntas What are the overlaps between irresponsible activism and irresponsible tourism? = ¿Cuáles son las superposiciones entre el …

Tourism in Australia

Photo: Mark Wassell, Uluru (Some rights reserved) Key links and resources to travel and tourism in Australia: Headlines Ecotourism Australia announces Elissa Keenan as new Chief ExecutiveThe Best Road Trips In Australia – Horizon Guides 2021 Stimulating Australia’s Tourism Industry – Q+A Headlines (2020)Ecotourism Australia implores governments for ongoing support of natural attractions and ecotourism …