- Votes for the 2009 Ecotourism Spotlight Award have been counted
and the winner of the 2009 Ecotourism Spotlight Award: for the third
year in a row, the winner is Ecotourism
Ecotourism Laos recently overhauled its growing activities section,
expanded the monthly What's New page and added a Virtual Tour of
Laos. A hotel booking engine along with greater use of Web 2.0 tools
are in the pipeline.
"Locals and visitors are seeking ways to interact via ecotourism
experiences," said Planeta.com founder Ron Mader. "The
Ecotourism Spotlight Award encourages government leaders. The 2009
Award nominees use the Web in highly creative and innovative ways
that engage locals and visitors and inspire us all."
Thaviphet Oula, Deputy Director of the Lao National Tourism Administration’s
Department of Planning and Cooperation said “we are very happy
to have the honor of being awarded the 2009 Ecotourism Spotlight
Award because of the recognition this award brings to our efforts
to promote Lao PDR as a top ecotourism destination in Asia.”
Thanks to Planeta.com for establishing the Ecotourism Spotlight
Award and a special thanks to everyone that supported Ecotourism
Laos and the other great sites nominated this year."
Other nominees for this year's award included Quito
Visitors' Bureau, Responsible
Tourism Guide to the Mekong and Failte
The nomination of Mexico's
National Commission of Natural Protected Areas was withdrawn
when the website ceased operation in mid August.