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Faroe Islands Respond to Award

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National Geographic recently rated the Faroe Islands the Number #1 Island Ecotourism destination. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/trave ... lands.html

For those of you not familiar with the Faroe Islands, the islands are an autonomous region of Denmark located about halfway between Iceland and Denmark. There are 18 islands and less than 50,000 people in the whole country which is probably one of the reasons why they still have a very unique culture. The main industries are fishing (in decline), sheep herding (on an incline from what I could see of the sheep perched on the steep hillsides) and tourism (the reason I was there recently)

I was invited to speak at the Faroes first ecotourism conference and I was impressed by the reaction of the Faroese to the award. Rather than sitting back and gathering accolades, the government and tourism professionals are talking about the implications of winning. They recognize the need for new legislation and planning to maintain their culture and physical environment. It was wonderful to see such a proactive approach to developing their tourism industry in a sustainable fashion. For a review of the conference check out the blog of Faroe Man at http://faroe-island.blogspot.com/2007/1 ... lands.html

To see my video of the Faroe Islands visit YouTube at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoUyTnRcIxU

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Christmas with the animals

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I got the chance to tag along with Santa today when he delivered his presents to the elephant, red panda and tiger born this year at the Calgary Zoo. My first introduction to ecotourism was at the Calgary Zoo and I was on the board for a number of years so I

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Oh Canada

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Planeta.com has a number of guides to Canadian cities, including Calgary
http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/canada/calgary.html

That said, these are very modest guides, very much a work in progress!

Two questions: Carol, can you help me edit the Calgary guide in early 08?

And second, can you recommend any media contacts at the local or national level who can help with our other guides, including Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver, all indexed on our Canada guide
http://www.planeta.com/canada.html

Cities
http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/canada/montreal.html
http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/canada/vancouver.html
http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/canada/ottawa.html

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Outlook for Bhutan

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I had the opportunity to interview Lotay Rinchen, Senior Travel Manager of Bhutan Expeditions, recently. He shared some very interesting insights on tourism in Bhutan and the changes that may occur as the country moves towards its first demogratically elected government. To see the interview, please check out my newsletter at http://www.kalahari-online.com/win08.pdf

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A Yurt Camp in Mexico

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Ever noticed how many travel brochures don

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Wiki

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Carol, the 15th annual Tourism Educators Conference brings together leaders from the tourism industry and education. The event takes place May 8-10 in Whistler, British Columbia. The conference theme is Taking Action - Global Climate Change and Tourism/Hospitality Education. The conference is organized by the British Columbia Centre for Tourism Leadership and Innovation (BCTLI), which hosts the Tourism Online Resource Centre. The organizers are participating in the Planeta Wiki and editing the event info
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/tourismed ... conference

Question - In your view, how comfortable are Canadian tourism professionals and universities in using Web 2.0 technologies? Do you see other wikis that are Canada-focused?

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Re-engineering Travel?

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If I was to reverse engineer the ecotourism brand, I think the industry should integrate ecotourism and its principles into all aspects of North American life. Tour operators and destinations could link ecotravel to personal benefits like good health, stronger family ties or an improved quality of life and create new markets.

The organic food industry has been successful with a similar approach. In a few short years organic food products have gone mainstream. No longer the domain of

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Looking For Great Guide Stories

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The right guide can make or break a tour and go a long way to building a successful company. We

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Reframing North American tourism

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Following up, is it perhaps time to reframe North American tourism? And if so, what suggestions do you have?

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Accounting can conserve wild places

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Andy Drumm of the Nature Conservancy has penned an interesting article on the "threshold of sustainability" for BioScience magazine. It should be required reading for anyone struggling with the impacts of increased tourism on natural areas.

As Andy says "We realize that simply disapproving of tourism is not helpful, nor do we want to allow the status quo to continue." Instead he recommends that park managers adopt financial management techniques such as pricing park admissions at market levels and reinvesting in park infrastructure to protect the resources.

As a result, Andy says "that parks and biodiversity are widely recognized for their ecosystem service value, in this case through tourism and recreation. This makes investment in parks a win-win situation."

To read the full article go to http://www.bioone.org/perlserv/?request ... %2FB580902

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Reinventure

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Carol, I just learned about your new book - Reinventure: How Travel Can Change Your Life. Can you tell us about this new title?

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Administrative note

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Administrative note - This topic has now been viewed 23,000 times. Thanks for participating, Carol!

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2009

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Many thanks, Carol. You are certainly welcome to use my comments.

Bringing us up to speed ... do you have any upcoming speaking engagements or publications in 2009?

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Events

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What do you look for in the events where you speak? Do you have minimum criteria judging what makes an effective event for yourself?

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Web 2.0 Suggestions

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Hi Ron

I enjoyed reading about your upcoming workshop on Web 2.0 at http://eng.reisepavillon-online.de

Thank you so much for this practical list of suggestions for improving our presence on the Web. (I even acted on a few this morning!)

Your leadership in this field is inspiring; I appreciate your consistent efforts to make organizations involved in ecotourism, responsible tourism, etc. more successful.

Happy New Year!

Carol

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