One of the hot topics links development
and tourism by focusing on place.
and visitors have long cared about place, but only since
the '80s has the notion become articulated as a concept worthy
of reflection and review. E-conferences such as the 2001 Media,
Environment and Tourism Conference focused on the urgent
need to improve media coverage of place as opposed
Travelers are seeking place-based information before, during
and often after their journeys.
Places are enjoyed best by those who pay
attention. Even those looking for a weekend-getaway are
seeking a connection with a particular place and even that level
of engagement requires some preparation.
Places are also interpreted via collective and individual 'memory'
which varies among stakeholders and age groups. Those interested
in place-based travel tend to be interested for longer periods
THE SOCIAL WEB
Some of our favorite place-based websites are created by those
who live in the locale. We argue
that travel writers ought to be paid fairly and that the best
coverage -- online or as guidebooks -- are written by those
who live in a specific place or by those who cultivate long-term
relations with locals.
Value of Guides
the Market - Ron Mader
Trade in Travel Writing and Photography -
as a determinant of travel and focus for writing - Herb Hiller
Heritage Tourism Strategy - Holly Quan
el Dialogo - Tere Carpinelli
of the Mekong Sub-Region - Joe Cummings
of Place (PDF)
is the value of attention?