hosted an online discussion focusing on responsible
tourism around the world. The unconventional unconference
took place online February 14-18, 2011.
Tourism Week is a fun mash-up connecting responsible tourism,
the local travel movement, evolving ecotourism and the like
with practical and inexpensive Web 2.0 technologies," said
founder of Planeta.com and creative catalyst for Responsible
Tourism Week. "We want to continue our conversation started
last year across Web
2.0 channels including Delicious, Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare,
Gowalla, Slideshare, TripLine, Twitter and YouTube."
Financial sponsorship is provided in part by the
City of Cape Town and Transitions
"Simply put, this online unconference is an excellent
way to broaden and deepen our dialogue about sustainable practice
and tourism. The event encourages participants to articulate
their core values and the way they put noble ideas into practice.
And for those who can keep track of a hashtag -- #rtweek2011
-- it's a new window to the world!"
Mader said that the discussion will be decentralized and moderated
via the policies of individual websites. To keep track, Planeta
Update and Ron Mader's
blog featured synthesis reports and the RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL WIKI was edited on a regular basis.
This was not the typical conference! Instead, the unconference
discussion depended on participants organizing themselves in
productive and inspiring ways. "The hope is that Responsible
Tourism Week -- now in its third year -- contributes broadly
and deeply to the global dialogue," said Mader.
Among the topics for discussion - supporting responsible tourism
initiatives during the economic recession, creating a code of
conduct for academics and evaluating the success of community-based
tourism operations: what are the lessons learned, what are suggestions
for making improvements. Other topics will be introduced by
participants using the unconference
We are seeking additional partners and financial sponsors for
follow-up workhops, events and publications. Those interested
Upcoming events prompted by Responsible Tourism Week include
Saturday (March 12) and Responsible
Tourism in Cities (May 6).