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The one who does not play the guitar can sing a song; the one
who does not sing a song can write a verse; the one who does not
write a verse reads a book.
TIP - If you are interested in what's
next, consult our calendar of Current
JULY 2008 -- We celebrate
World Environment Day with the 8th annual Colibri
OAXACA, MEXICO - Visitors to the 2008
Rural Tourism Fair enjoyed direct, personal interaction with
local tour operators, community representatives and artisans. Look
for news about the globalized, scaled-up event online the Oaxaca
ONLINE - The Ecotourism
Challenges Dialogue highlights ecotourism as a means of greening
the tourism industry. We welcome first-hand accounts from New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND - Tai Poutini Polytechnic hosted the
Ecotourism NZ Conference
in Greymouth. Updated resources on our forum include news about
the Web 2.0 Workshop and the Ecotourism NZ Conference.
MEXICO - We celebrated World Environment Day with
the 7th annual Colibri
ONLINE - The Tourism
and Migration Conference reviewed current work around the world.
AUSTRALIA - Planeta.com's Ron Mader was invited
by Aboriginal Tourism Australia to participate in the Business Development
Symposium for Indigenous Tourism Operators.
COMMUNITY TOURISM REVIEW
NOVEMBER 2007 - Ron Mader participated in
a live chat about community
tourism with students at New York University.
SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2007 - The Ecotourism
Challenges Dialogue highlights ecotourism as a means of
greening the tourism industry in New Zealand and Australia.
NEW ZEALAND - Tai Poutini Polytechnic hosted
the Ecotourism NZ Conference
in Greymouth August 1-3, 2007. Updated resources on our forum
include news about the Web 2.0 Workshop and the Ecotourism NZ
OAXACA, MEXICO - We celebrated World
Environment Day (June 5) with the 7th annual Colibri
ONLINE - The Dialogue
on Linking Tourism and Protected Areas is moderated by Oliver
Hillel and Chantal Robichaud, officers of the CBD Secretariat.
Participants are asked to contribute their views, suggestions
and share news about specific commitments. This dialogue will
help foster creative partnerships.
ONLINE - The Tourism
and Migration Conference reviewed current work around the
AUSTRALIA - Planeta.com's Ron Mader was invited
by Aboriginal Tourism Australia to participate in the annual
Business Development Symposium for Indigenous Tourism Operators
February 6-8. Ron also attended the 2007 Corroboree Indigenous
Tourism Expo at the Sydney Opera House.
OAXACA -- Visitors to the Rural
Tourism Fair enjoyed direct, personal interaction with local
tour operators, community representatives and artisans.
SEMINARIO WEB was conducted in Guadalajara.
ETHICAL TRAVEL DIALOGUE -- What are the boundaries
of ethical travel? Who owns the 'ethical' in ethical tourism?
Planeta.com and Tourism Concern hosted the Ethical
Travel Dialogue which reviewed efforts around the world
"to make the tourism industry more accountable, more ethical
and more satisfying to all." Details
ECOTURISO URBANO -- Planeta.com presented
lessons learned from the Urban
Ecotourism Conference at Ecoturismo
Urbano y Vias Verdes.
MAY 2006 - ENCUENTRO INTERNACIONAL
Mexico - Planeta.com's Ron Mader spoke at the Encuentro
Internacional por la Naturaleza, part of Musica por la tierra.
APRIL 20-24, 2006 - EARTH DAY
MARCH 24, 2006 -- NATIONAL TOUR ASSOCIATION
Louisville, Kentucky -- "The Benefits of Practicing Sustainable
Tourism" was moderated by Frances Figart at the National
Tour Association (NTA) Spring Meet. "If the travel
industry does not think sustainably today, the tourism resources
it depends on will be depleted in the not-so-distant future.
This panel will explore the importance of sustainable tourism,
define ecotourism, nature-based tourism and agritourism, and
share examples of successful culturally responsible and ecologically
sensitive tours." Details
FEBRUARY 22, 2006 -- RESPONSIBLE TOURISM FORUM
Baltimore, Maryland -- The one day Responsible
Travel Forum focused on educational travel with a priority
focus on the positive economic impacts travel can have on local
communities and places visited, while minimizing the ecological,
social, and cultural impacts through pursuit of sustainable
tourism agendas, traveler philanthropy and service/volunteer
vacations, and support of eco-sensitive providers.
RURAL TOURISM FAIR
January 28, 2006
City -- A small festival among friends, the 2006
Rural Tourism Fair was the sixth annual event co-created by
Planeta.com in Oaxaca City. The fair highlights rural tourism and
brings together local travel providers, community leaders, media,
government officials and inspired travelers for a few magical hours.
ECOTOURISM EMERGING INDUSTRY
November 1-18, 2005
With EplerWood International, Planeta.com developed the Ecotourism
Emerging Industry Forum to consult small, medium and micro
enterprises on sustainable tourism policy approaches by donors,
foundations and NGOs.
Date: September 20-October 8, 2004
TALLER DE INTERNET DE TURISMO
Date: July 25, Mexico City, Mexico
IMAC y Planeta.com invitaban a los webmasters de páginas
de Internet en medioambiente y turismo, así como a profesionales
que tengan interés en el tema de ecoturismo a participar
en el taller.
CONVERSATION WITH MARK
From June 21-25th, Planeta hosted a private dialogue on conservation
and birding with Seven
Names for the Bell Bird author Mark Bonta. Excerpts are published
on Planeta and an edited version was published in Honduras This
Week in late July.
Date: February 5 and 6, Mexico
Mexicana held two meetings in Mexico City to kick of 2004. A
photo gallery and working notes from the February 2002 gathering
Date: January 31, Oaxaca
Rural Tourism Fair took place Saturday, January 31st in
Oaxaca, Mexico. The event featured more than 20 exhibitors -- travel
providers, artisans and community representatives and was attended
by more than 200 people.
Date: December, 2003, Online
Marcus Endicott sponsored an online Green-travel
event about seeking peace through tourism. Planeta's Ron Mader participated
as a co-moderator of the discussion.
Latin America Media Project: New Ventures in Covering Latin America
Date: October 13, Austin,
Ron Mader gave a presentation about English-language coverage of
Latin America at the University of Texas' Journalism Department.
The presentation introduced the Latin
America Media Project.
Date: July 5, 2003, Oaxaca, Mexico
Planeta co-hosted this event focusing on rural tourism in Oaxaca.
Community representatives and local travel companies were on hand
to answer traveler quieries.
Date: June 5, 2003, Mexico
- Planeta presented the third annual Colibri
Award on World Environment Day to Mexican journalist and photographer
Fernando Garcia Aguinaco
June 17 - July 11, 2003
Background Reading: WWW
Planeta's Ethical Marketing of Ecotourism Conference reviewed
practical marketing strategies for ecotourism businesses and show
consumers how they can make the best choice. We sought effective
-- and ethical! -- strategies to promote sustainable tourism and
related products and services.
in Tourism and Conservation -- Planeta Conference
- Planeta.com invites those interested in the role Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGOs) play in the development of sustainable
Sustainable Tourism Conference -- Planeta.com-hosted
- Planeta.com presented a public online forum on developing
the business side of ecotourism
Ibarra Ecotourism Conference
- Planeta.com Webhost Ron Mader presented case studies of how
ecotourism businesses prosper using the Internet at this conference
held in Ecuador.
May 19-22, 2002
- Planeta.com Webhost Ron Mader presented the results of the
Development of Ecotourism Conference in Quebec.
May 2-5, 2002
Ecotourism and Conservation in the Americas: Putting Good Intentions
to Work, Stanford University
- Planeta founder Ron Mader spoke at this international ecotourism
conference hosted by the Department of Anthropological Sciences
University. (Dead link - http://www.stanford.edu/group/etconference/index.html)
April 1-26, 2002
Development of Ecotourism Conference
- The United Nations Environment Programme and World Tourism
Organization asked Planeta.com's Ron Mader to host the official
online preparatory conference for World Ecotourism Summit.
Workshop for Travel Providers
- Practical workshop for travel providers using the Web to develop
and market their services.
March 5-20, 2002
and Tourism -- Planeta Conference
- We opened the year with a public online conference focusing
on communities and tourism.
Ecuador IYE National Conference, Guayaquil
- Planeta.com Webhost Ron Mader spoke at the national ecotourism
February 21-24, 2002
IATOS Conference, Chicago
- Planeta.com Webhost Ron Mader attended the conference and
participated in the discussion on sustainable tourism certification.
- Planeta.com Webhost Ron Mader spoke at the annual meeting
of the Sea Turtle Conservation Network of the Californias, hosted
November 1-16, 2001
the Environment and Tourism Conference -- Planeta.com-hosted
- Is there a way to improve communications among journalists,
environmental groups, government officials and travel providers?
This conference assessed current relations and propose creative
solutions to assist the various sectors.
Watching and the Web, Baja California, March, 2001
Role of the Internet in Integrating Tourism and Biodiversity,
United Nations Gathering, Mexico City, Mexico, March 2001
The Potential of Ecotourism, Quito, Ecuador, World Tourism
Day, November 2000
for travel agencies entering Mexico's alternative tourism market,
Expo Aventura, Mexico City, July 2000
Second International Congress of Adventure Tourism in the Huasteca,
Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, March 2000
"Marketing Tourism Services on the Internet," Expo Aventura
Organizational Meeting, World Trade Center, Mexico City, January
"Internet and the promotion of sustainable agriculture," Corn
Production in the New Millennium Conference, Cuernavaca, Mexico,
January 6-8, 2000. Yahoo
West Virginia can Learn from Ecotourism in Latin America,"
Ecotourism in West Virgina, Thorn Run Inn, West
Virginia, November 1999; yahoo
"Ecoturismo en las Americas" International
Workshop on Electronic Commerce and Sustainable Tourism in the
Americas, Quito, Ecuador - October 1999
"Mercadeo de destinos alternativos en Mexico via Internet,"
International Festival of Potosi Altiplano, Real de Catorce,
San Luis Potosi, August 21, 1999. (See Planeta Feature: Adventure
in a Desert Ghost Town)
"Ecoturismo en Mexico," Expo
Aventura y Ecoturismo, Mexico City, July 1-3, 1999
"Perfil del Ecoturismo en La America Latina: Caso Mexico,"
(Spanish language presentation based on Latin
American Ecotourism: What is it?), 3er Simposium sobre turismo
y medio ambiente, Mexico City, Instituto Politecnico Nacional,
June 9, 1999
"Improving Border Environmental Journalism," Science and Journalism
Conference, Autonomous University
of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua - May 14, 1999
America's Ecotourism - What is it?," Princeton
University, April 12, 1999
"Observaciones y surgencias para promover turismo alternativo,"
International Adventure Tourism Congress in the Huasteca Potosina
(Congreso Internacional Turismo de Aventura en la Huasteca Potosina,
San Luis Potosi, March 17-21, 1999
of Border Environmental Websites," Periodistas
de Investigacion, Tijuana, Baja California, December
"Los Retos de Ecoturismo," Presentación de Mexico:
Adventures in Nature, Cafe
Cultura, Quito, Ecuador, November 5, 1998
Taller sobre Ecoturismo, Universidad
Politecnica (ESPOL), Escuela de Turismo, Guayaquil, Ecuador,
Ecotourism on the Internet," World Congress on Adventure
Tourism and Ecotourism, Quito, Ecuador, October 19, 1998
Adventures in Nature, Ecowise,
Texas, October 1, 1998
Adventures in Nature, Travelfest, Austin,
Texas, September 29, 1998
Taller sobre Ecoturismo, ITESM - Zacatecas, Mexico, June 1998
from Honduras: Adventures in Nature, Indiana University,
Bloomington, Indiana, May, 1998
Review of Mexico's Ecotourism, University of Texas, Austin,
Texas, March 2, 1998
Ecotourism in the Americas, Florida International University,
Miami, February 25, 1998
Review of Mexico's
Parks and Protected Areas, Duke University, North
Carolina, February, 1998
Partners in Responsible Tourism,
San Francisco, February 1, 1998
a la Frontera, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, November
Hacia el Futuro, North American Center for Environmental
Information and Communication (CICEANA), November 7-8, 1997,
Border Environmental Journalism, The
Border and the Press, Interamerican Press Association, February
19-21, 1997, (Monterrey,
Finding Mexico on the Internet, Florida International University,
in the Age of the Internet, La Ceiba, Honduras, May 1996
Distribution and Ecotourism Financing, Coloquio Internacional
sobre Ecoturismo en Areas Naturales Protegidas de Centroamerica
, September 1996