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Notes from the 2007 Ecotourism NZ Conference

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Publication date: November 2007


EVENT OVERVIEW

More than 100 people participated in the 2007 Ecotourism NZ Conference held in Greymouth August 1-3, 2007. Tai Poutini Polytechnic hosted the 5-star event.

Planeta.com gives the event a top rating, because the event accomplished the following:

Locals were included in the development of the program
The event bridged academic, business and government sectors
The event attracted stakeholders from around the country and provided a great venue for interaction (many of the participants commented that being out of cellphone reach was a plus).
Conference presentations and outcomes are archived online (see below).
The conference prompted the Ecotourism Challenges E-Dialogue

REFLECTIONS

In the New Zealand Listener article Melting Away, Dave Hansford recounts a popular anecdote he heard at the conference: "The owner of a South Island backpackers getting grief from German tourists for not providing recycling facilities. So, eager to please, he puts out three multi-coloured bins for plastic, glass and paper. Come 10 o'clock when everyone has checked out, he takes them around the back and throws them all in the same skip, because there are no recycling facilities on the Coast."

My questions - Is this a factual story? And what sort of expectations should visitors have for the 'eco' in New Zealand?

DEFINITIONS

I was told at the beginning that the previous event the minister of tourism admitted to not having a definition of ecotourism. This year the minister did not shy away from a definition but opted to focus his presentation (and the country's tourism policy) on sustainable tourism strategies.

WIRED/WIRELESS

A sideline benefit of the event was that it took place out of cellphone range, allowing participants to focus on the interaction

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