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EXPLORING ECOTOURISM

The Value of Place
by Ron Mader

PLACE WIKI

I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet today.
- Australia Notebook

The Coverage of Place, Page 1

FLICKR ALBUM: Place


One of the hot topics links development and tourism by focusing on place.

Locals 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 to destination.

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 of time.

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.

FEATURES

g Travel Notebook
g The Value of Guides
g Overview of the Market - Ron Mader
g Fair Trade in Travel Writing and Photography - Ron Mader
g Place as a determinant of travel and focus for writing - Herb Hiller
g Banff Heritage Tourism Strategy - Holly Quan
g Mejorando el Dialogo - Tere Carpinelli
g Perceptions of the Mekong Sub-Region - Joe Cummings
b Coverage of Place (PDF)

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g Oaxaca Markets
g Place
g What is the value of attention?
b Hyperlocal
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WIKI

g Hyperlocal
g Place
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Ron Mader is the responsible travel correspondent for Transitions Abroad and host of the award-winning Planeta.com website.


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