Introductions and Chatter - Tourism and Migration Conference

Global dialogue (2007)

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Introduction - Ron Mader

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Greetings, all

My name is Ron Mader and I created the Planeta.com website which is hosting this e-conference, our 18th!

I would like to welcome the active participants for taking the time to engage in what I expect to be another dynamic dialogue filled with a good deal of new information and insight.

The seeds of this conference were planted several years ago. Whether we have discussed the Sustainable Development of Ecotourism -- http://www.planeta.com/2002ecotourism.html -- or the Environmental Impact of Transportation -- http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/tour/t ... ation.html -- we have addressed the movement of people, whether in search of a vacation or employment.

My work has highlighted the United States/Mexico border and more recently, the rural and urban environments of Oaxaca. I will be calling up on these examples in further posts. But equally I am here to listen and to learn from all of you.

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Introduction - Mary Finn

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My name is Mary Finn, and I

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Introduction

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My name is Gerhard Buttner and am a South African now living in Mexico. As a new Mexican resident and as temporary resident in the past in England and Namibia I consider myself a migrant with a strong interest in ecotourism. I have worked as tourist guide in South Africa and have been involved in some ecotourism consultancy and community guide training in three different states of Mexico (Yucatan, Oaxaca and Chiapas).

Apart from being a migrant, I have also been a tourist in different countries with a vast range of development levels (and a variety of incoming and outgoing and domestic migrant levels) and have seen various priorities, issues, opportunities and challenges in tourism of these countries on five continents.

I presently work at a local development NGO in Oaxaca, Mexico where we regard tourism as one of the potential sustainable development alternatives (given certain community characteristics) within the framework of a more holistic participative development strategy for rural communities. Some of these communities have had very high levels of migration among the younger population, especially in the last 10 to 20 years.

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Creating a new topic

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Personally, I would like to focus on the questions at hand and try to answer these first. That said, we could easily create a new topic - aka question - if you can help define what it should be about and where it should go.

Should gender issues be addressed soley here in the Migration branch or is this an issue that should be placed elsewhere in the forum where all registered members can participate?

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I have spent several months in CBT-projects in North-East India, and there got some insight into cross-border issues.
Briefly,
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Introduction

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Hi,
My name is Trip Sweeney and I am from Kentucky, a rural state in the United States. I attend medical school at the University of Kentucky during which time I have co-founded http://www.stepuptravel.org with J. Scott Zimmerman.

Kentucky is rather well-known for tobacco, horse and agricultural farms, and whisky distilleries. There is a very large migrant population, mostly Mexican individuals and families, who have come to Kentucky for the agricultural work.

Tobacco, a major cash crop, has been the main crop of Kentucky; however, the State is now offering incentives to substitute other crops because tobacco has contributed so gravely to public health problems.

The question of substitution has been a difficult one, because few crops have the market value of tobacco. A recent movement has begun to promote rural tourism in the state to help increase the value of farming communities. Kentucky has made an excellent effort to promote tourism as an alternative source of revenue for farmers. The results of this effort are still pending since it is relatively new.
http://www.kentuckytourism.com/thingstodo/agritourism.htm

How does this relate to migration? Tourism can be an supplementary source of revenue for farm communities so that urban migration is less "necessary" or attractive.

I have also lived in Rio de Janeiro and met many people who have migrated from the Northeast to Rio in search of work. Many find work in the tourism industry as waiters, guides, hotel/pousada employees, etc.

Tourism and migration overlap in many interesting ways. I am looking forward to this discussion.

Trip Sweeney

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Conference Update

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Tourism and Migration Conference Update
March 27, 2007
http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/tour/migration.html

REQUEST - Please budget an hour per week to review the forum and prepare your messages for posting
viewforum.php?f=60

CREATE A BUZZ - Let colleagues know about this dialogue. Registration is open through mid April.

UPDATING - We have updated the directory of active participants and recommended reading
http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/tour/migration.html

DISCUSSION - We pose the following questions as topics for dialogue:

How effective is tourism in creating jobs and providing an alternative to migration?
viewtopic.php?t=890

What role do long-term foreign residents play in educating visitors?
viewtopic.php?t=891

Are investments in tourism training and infrastructure a viable outlet for migrant remittances?
viewtopic.php?t=892

To what degree does tourism development displace local people?
viewtopic.php?t=893
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Tourism and Migration Conference Update

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Tourism and Migration Conference
June 14, 2007
http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/tour/migration.html

REQUEST - The Tourism and Migration Conference is coming to a close. If you would, please post concluding comments, observations and commitments if you are pursuing further work in this field.

FAQ - Incoming email:
> Do you permit the use of the conference logo in publications?

Response: Of course!

You are most welcome to use the conference logos/posters. They should be downloadable from Flickr. If you see anything else you need from the online migration gallery - http://www.flickr.com/photos/planeta/sets/1398139/ - let us know.

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