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Planeta.com Presents 2010 Colibri Ecotourism Award to Allan Rhodes in honor of World Environment Day

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Publication Date: June 2010

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OAXACA DE JUAREZ, MEXICO -- To celebrate World Environment Day, Planeta.com presents the tenth annual Colibri Ecotourism Award to Allan Rhodes.

"Allan stands at the forefront of Mexican ecotourism leaders who are equally talented in working with communities and officials on the ground and communicating this work online," said Planeta.com founder Ron Mader. The development of Ecoturismo Genuino and its accompanying online community are thanks to Allan's long-standing commitment to connecting players working in the virtual and natural worlds.

Mexico's esteemed park system plays a critical role in protecting biodiversity while creating employment for locals. Allan's work stands as a model for those integrating conservation and tourism.

ABOUT THE COLIBRI AWARD

Colibri means 'Hummingbird' in Spanish and in 2010 the Colibri Award celebrates its tenth anniversary, making this one of the longest-running ecotourism awards. Previous winners include Steve Bridger, Gerhard Buttner, Hector Ceballos-Lascurain, Jorge Chàvez de la Peña, Fernando Garcia Aguinaco, Marlene Ehrenberg, Juan Carlos Ibarra, Pedro Martinez, Jennifer Morfín, Antonio Suárez and Francisco Verástegui. In 2010 Allan shares the spotlight with Colibri Ecolodge Award winner Verena Gerber.

The winner of the award is selected by Planeta.com founder Ron Mader following consultation with previous award winners and colleagues.

CRITERIA

Planeta.com presents the Colibri Ecotourism Award to those whose work in Mexico is exemplary and who share what they learn. Good ideas require good work to come to completion and good work needs to be documented so that lessons can be shared.

Nominees participate by helpful edits, connecting using Web 2.0, Planeta Wiki or contribute editorial suggestions for at least a year. Bonus points are given to those who participate on other websites and forums. This is part of Planeta.com's desire to create incentives for communication, collaboration and continuity, all vital elements in the development of responsible travel and ecotourism.


WINNER

Allan Rhodes is an independent consultant in planning, management and development of ecotourism and tourism in protected areas with a degree in business administration and master's degree in park management, tourism and recreation with more than nine years of experience in philanthropic and ecotourism sectors. He founded the non-governmental organization Walking Alternative Education Project United to care for children from poor urban areas. He also created the Spanish-language tourism portal Ecoturismolatino and the protected areas and consulting firm Ecoturismo Genuino.

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Currently Allan works as a consultant in ecotourism and tourism in protected areas "Genuine Ecotourism Consultants based in the city of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.

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TESTIMONIALS

Desde que Allan conocí por ahí de 2003, es un comprometido con el ecoturismo y vive el ejemplo, camina la palabra.
- Jennifer Morfin, Ganadora Colibri

In the world of Mexican ecotourism, Allan Rhodes has made a special place for himself, because on every corner you can encounter his contributions in promoting ecotourism in Mexico and Latin America. The forum and on-line community of ecoturismogenuino.ning is genuinely an important space for sharing ecotourism experiences and knowledge, and opens this world - sometimes dominated by English contents on other sites - to Spanish speakers, which includes a great number of people interested in and participating in ecotourism.
- Gerhard Buttner, Colibri Ecotourism Award Winner, 2008

Siempre se agradece una buena fuente de información de primera mano para viajar. Allan comparte esta información a través de Ecoturismolatino.com. Recuerdo mi tiempo de escritor de guías de viaje y detecto en Ecoturismolatino muy buenos recursos para la investigación. Enhorabuena! Otro Colibrí a la buena información.
- Fernando Garcia Aguinaco, Ganador Colibri




REFERENCES

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Colibri Ecotourism Award
Short history of the Colibri Ecotourism Award
Reflections on Awards
World Environment Day
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