2005 Dialogue

What are the global success stories?

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Hello everyone,

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I would like to thank Ron and Planeta

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Hello everyone,

In my previous post I mentioned that I have written a paper about Rural Tourism in Mexico for this conference. Thanks to Jennifer Morfin in IMAC, I have posted it on the following link. As it is a working paper I would appreciate your feedback.

http://www.imacmexico.org/ev_es.php?ID= ... 2=DO_TOPIC

Saludos
Rodrigo Esponda

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Of Rural Tourism and (formerly) Extinct Woodpeckers

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Hola Everyone,

Some of you may have also seen the very exciting news about the confirmed sighting of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker

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definitions and tourism courses in Mexico

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Hello everyone

This is Barbara Kastelein in Mexico City. I wondered if there is any consensus on what rural tourism is in Mexico (a question I see Planeta is posing), and which institutions teach tourism in a way that ecotourism gets a mention?

Recently I interviewed a park guide in Mexico State, a graduate in tourism from Toluca

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Hi again,

This is Rodrigo Esponda. Answering Ron

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definitions of rural tourism and tourism departments

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Hi there,

Thinking about Rodrigo

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Where, who, why

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Judging from the postings, so far, it is clear that Rural Tourism signifies many different things to different people, depending on their location, professional & recreational experience and interests.

I am neither a farmer who receives guests, nor a consultant wishing to advise such a farmer, nor a bureaucrat trying to defend existing (or non-existent) policies, nor a rural dweller, nor a travel writer promoting a specific area, so I can deal with Rural Tourism as an economic and social phenomenon, in a detached manner.

If one wishes to be a bit blunt about it, rural tourism is a polite way (in the same way that we find something good to say about someone who is rather ugly but good at heart.) of describing tourism in a peripheral, inhabited, partly natural area that has no sites of significant conventional tourism interest (good beaches, famous mountains, sites, antiquities), and where this laid-back absence becomes the attraction itself. Because in all other cases other names are used. For example you do not talk about Rural Tourism, to describe organised tours or independent visits to major archeological, cultural, religious, historic or conservation sites, which often happen to be located in a rural area. And few, apart from policy makers, speak about rural tourism by name (

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Rural Tourism Training & Certification in South America

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Hi every body

My name is Jorge Alvarado and I work in Quito Ecuador where I run an online
marketing agency for travel companies -- http://www.e-traveltraffic.com

Ron kindly invited me to post some ideas about rural tourism as seen in
Ecuador. Reading a few of your posts, I need to ask whether developing rural
tourism is a new "panacea" to lessen rural migration to the cities.

Because one of your posts was very valuable to me, explaining how many of
the projects are owned by foreigners. I know only about 3 projects run by
local communities in Ecuador.

Is it time to increase the management and marketing skills to the leaders in
rural communities so they are running their own projects?

The operation of a hospitality facility and marketing of this location, must
be professional, the professional level and human workers can be reach by
the way of training and certification provided by international standards
and local certification procedures and training for the native community,
like I see in Costa Rica.

Could we create some kind of mechanism to develop and market effective rural
tourism starting in Ecuador and Latin America? There seems to be plenty of
interest on Planeta.com. Can we co-create an online training center for the
kind of professional management that a good rural tourism experience
requires?

Here in Ecuador I have a very good contact with the UCT a specialized
university in tourism, gastronomy and hospitality and it could work well for
that project. Any other contacts?

Ing. Jorge Alvarado info@e-traveltraffic.com

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Some final thoughts

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First of all,

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Request for Final Comments

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ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE -- Thanks again to everyone who took part in the Rural Tourism Conference. Today is the final official day of the event. That said, we will keep the dialogue/dialogo open over the weekend for final comments.

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Administrative Note

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FINAL CHAT TOMORROW -- A final meeting to review lessons learned and prepare for future action will be held on ECOCLUB Tuesday 10 May at 14:00 GMT.
>> http://ecoclub.com/chat

DIRECTORY -- Please review the directory of participants and make sure that listings are accurate!
>> http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/tour/ruralpart.html

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Survey

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REMINDER -- ECOCLUB chat going on right now!

REQUEST -- Please fill out the conference survey
>> http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=33331061432

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Rural Tourism Portal in Ecuador!!!

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Dear Participants

I would like to make this final post about my thoughts on rural tourism and
the lessons learned during this conference.

I agree rural tourism can and should be promoted as a way to increase income
for rural communities. That said, we should be aware from the beginning --
in development and promotion -- that the income is distributed fairly in the
community.

E-travel traffic will create a specialized portal focusing on rural tourism
in Ecuador. This will be launched in December 2005. My goal is to provide
accurate information about places, tours, prices, and transportation for at
least 20 communities. Our goal is to provide a traveler-friendly source of
information with professional reservation and operation support.

We are not talking about taking money from the sales and we do not like to
act like a tour operator who lives from commission fees.

Financial support and alliances in terms of content production are received
with open arms. We hope this will be the beginning of a new and more
authentic rural tourism experience for those traveling in Ecuador.

Thanks to all who participated in this conference. It was a good discussion.

Sincerely
Ing. Jorge Alvarado
info@e-traveltraffic.com
phone 593-2-2247071[/quote]

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Survey Says

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Many thanks to the participants who filled out the conference survey. Results are now online
>> http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/tour/ruralsurvey.html

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