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 …

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 …

Travel

Photo: Blanca on Fremont Travel is more than getting from Point A to B. Travel is an interconnected web of social and natural actors who make possible local, regional, and global tourism sectors. The act of moving connects us to places and people in ways unimagined by standing still. That said, most of the human …

Slow Travel

Photo: Monte Albán, Oaxaca (Some rights reserved) Think smart, travel slow– Tagline, Planeta.com Slow travel is a breath of fresh air for travelers who has “been there…done that” and wants something deeper. Our suggestion: take a deep breath and slow down. Take time to enjoy the experience, visit people and savor places. We are long-time …

Space Travel

Photo: NASA Astronaut (Some rights reserved) Space Travel = travel through outer space CelebrationsApril 12 International Day of Human Space Flight The General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/65/271 of 7 April 2011, declared April 12 as the International Day of Human Space Flight “to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for …

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 …

Improving Signage

Photo: Ron Mader, La Paz = Peace (Some rights reserved) Visitors expect to find helpful directions — online and on the ground. Orientation is key. Good signage obeys three simple rules: 1) The information is clear.2) The information is accurate.3) The information is where the visitor is looking. Confusing, obsolete or hard-to-find information leads visitors …

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 …