7th World Congress of the Finno-Ugric Peoples

The 7th World Congress of the Finno-Ugric peoples will take place June 15-17 in the Sibelius Hall in Lahti, Finland. The theme of the event is “The Finno-Ugric Peoples – Towards Sustainable Development.” The Congress unites the Finno-Ugric and Samoyed peoples with the aim of discussing issues dealing with the preservation and reviving of the languages and cultures of these …

World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate (2016)

The latest UNESCO report on World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate was published this week, with a startling omission: At the request of the Government of Australia, references to Australian sites were removed from the Report (recent information about the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef is available on UNESCO’s website …

Mexico’s Invisible 2016 Tourism Trade Show

Tianguis Turístico is underway in Guadalajara, Mexico but the trade show’s online presence is sorely lacking. Recommendation: participants find a way of benevolently hacking the event. Live video is a must. Remote participants need access to presentations and press conferences. Any tourism event worth its salt this year haslivestreaming video starting with the exhibitors — …

Reframing Sustainable Tourism Hangout (2016)

A new take and new book on some perplexing conundrums for fans and friends of responsible, eco, conscious travel, presenting our April 2016 hangout on Reframing Sustainable Tourism. Guests: Authors  +Keith Bosak and +Stephen McCool Key Words: Brazil – Case Studies – Community – Critical Discussion – Framework –Geography – India – Las Vegas – New System …

Developing an Indigenous Tourism Policy in Australia (2012)

Logo From the archives:2012 Ecotourism Australia release Ecotourism in Australia is strongly linked to this country’s ancient and diverse landscape, and its unique flora and fauna. This landscape is an artifact of the traditions, beliefs and land management practices of diverse groups of Australia’s indigenous peoples over tens of thousands of years. Whether they be …

Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award

Photo: Sarah Henderson, Portland The Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award was a collaborative effort betweenPlaneta.com and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity/UNEP (CBD) The award is aimed at private tourism services, owned and operated by Indigenous and local communities embodying traditional lifestyles, and its main objectives are to motivate candidates to improve …

Civic Tourism

Book Cover From the archives An amalgamation of our favorite tourism trends is called civic tourism and puts cultural tourism, heritage tourism, ecotourism and geotourism into the pot and focuses on place. Civic tourism reframes the purpose of tourism from an end to a means. Says Dan Shilling, “Civic tourism is about appreciating tourism as …

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 …

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 …