Due to the lack of nominees, Planeta.com
is postponing the 2010 Ecotourism Spotlight Award.
ABOUT THE AWARD
The award was developed to create incentives for communication,
opportunities for conversation
and a reward for participation
among government leaders working toward ecotourism and responsible
Who can apply? Nominees include environmental, tourism and
other government portals in three categories: local, national
and international institutions. We also consider private-public
partnerships -- websites funded by governments.
"Many tourism officials are figuring out basic Web sites
and visitors are seeking out the Web
2.0 experience," said Planeta.com founder Ron Mader.
"The spotlight award helps nudge
government leaders forward as we give credit to the websites
that are leading the pack."
The origin of the award goes back to the 2006 Communication
and Sustainable Tourism E-Conference (2006) in which Ron
Mader proposed "there could be an award for National Tourism
Boards websites that illustrate a country's sustainable tourism
practices. National tourism portals could be rated not only
by what they have online, but also by how they participate in
independent groups (ECOCLUB,
and Planeta) and whether
or not they link to independent sites, including blogs (internet
logbooks) and Flickr galleries."
The Ecotourism Spotlight Award debuted in 2007 and the winner
in 2007, 2008 and 2009 has been Ecotourism
Laos. The winner was announced in celebration of World
Tourism Day (September 27) as way of spotlighting good practices.