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Crossing the Eco-Cultural Divide

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Crossing the Eco-Cultural Divide
by Alvin Rosenbaum

The canyon that exists between ecotourism and cultural tourism is not terrible wide but has become increasingly deep as definitions of sustainability, carrying capacity, public-private partnership, and other plain vanilla concepts seem to fallen into some dark abyss. If we consider the concept of outstanding universal value as the ne plus ultra and as a point of departure, we find that remarkable differences in criteria may be part of the root cause of this confusion and of continuing misunderstandings between cultural and ecotourism planners and advisors.

Author Alvin Rosenbaum is a regional planner and tourism development consultant currently serving as senior tourism advisor for the USAID Cluster Competitiveness Activity in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

http://www.planeta.com/planeta/06/0611ecocultural.html

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The end of tourism as we know it

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The end of tourism as we know it
by Alvin Rosenbaum
http://www.planeta.com/planeta/07/0706endoftourism.html
What we do in our work-a-day world -- dress casually, eat out, shop for ethnic products, seek-out exotic sports and extra-curricular activities at school, take short get-away weekends -- are all part of a vacationing experience that has increasingly invaded our everyday lives. The reverse is also true: while on vacation, we seek out medical services, attend education courses, work via email and cell phone, stay in housekeeping units where we do our own cooking, exercise endlessly, attend local sporting events, and act in many ways as if we never left home. These represent evolving behaviors that have transformed global tourism and the travel trade.
Complete essay
http://www.planeta.com/planeta/07/0706endoftourism.html

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