For the past few years I have the director of communications for the IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS). It’s election time and my quandary is how to engage TAPAS members (and voters before August 30). A vote for me would be appreciated but so would engagement with the group as a whole.
We need to hear more from members – current research, findings and most importantly questions – otherwise we have a lot of splintered, inaccessible reports, studies and publications that do not connect to a larger picture.
Likewise, we need to improve our communication with the IUCN and WCPA. Events are scheduled around the world, but rarely do we learn about tourism issues. Summits and workshops only improve when rooted in place. Regarding events, are we learning about the host destinations? Are locals able to connect with visiting dignitaries?
How do we communicate? Where do we communicate? I argued – perhaps contentiously years ago – that our conversation needed to span different platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Slideshare, YouTube – and that the way to go is encouraging our members to creatively use their blogs and wikis and share what they are doing and learning.
2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism and the Year of Open. Personally, I don’t think we’ve asked enough questions or demanded enough answers from government officials, academics, ngos and other stakeholders. We can do better if our communication and collaboration improve. Enough information silos. We can improve our conversations today and cordial chats about parks and tourism should help lead the way.
Posted in 2017
Tagged ron mader, tapas
What’s on the calendar in September?
September is mes de la patria in Mexico, biodiversity monthin Australia and tourism month in South Africa.
In the USA, #HispanicHeritageMonth
Mark your calendar! September 8 is International Literacy Daywhich we use to call out attention for digital literacy. September 27 is World Tourism Day and we make our annual call for travel photos on Flickr.
Fun days include September 19 International Talk Like a Pirate Day
First Monday in September is Labor Day in the USA.
September is biodiversity month in Australia
September is mes de la patría in Mexico
September is tourism month in South Africa
First Monday in September
Labor Day (USA)
September 6 Indigenous Literacy Day (Australia)
September 7 International Day of the Manatee
September 7 Threatened Species Day (Australia)
September 8 International Literacy Day
September 10 Battle of St. George’s Caye Day (Belize)
September 16 Independence Day (Mexico)
September 19 International Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 20 Park(ing) Day
September 21 International Day of Peace
September 21 Armenia Independence Day
September 22 World Rhino Day
September 21 Independence Day (Belize)
September 27 World Tourism Day
September 28 International Day for Universal Access to Information
September 29 Feast Day of San Miguel Arcángel (Mexico)
First Monday in September Labor Day (USA)
Last Saturday in September Public Lands Day (USA)
4th Friday in September Native American Day (California)
Last Sunday in September World Rivers Day
Photo: Pittman Wash
In August Planeta.com hosts one of our two tentpole events — Indigenous Peoples Week to celebrate August 9, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.
Other events and celebrations in August include World Photography Day on August 19. Check out National Heritage Week in Ireland.
August 1 Swiss National Day (Switzerland)
August 6 Independence Day (Bolivia)
August 9 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
August 10 Ecuador declares independence from Spain (1809)
August 12 World Elephant Day
August 15 Independence Day (India)
August 15 Ferragosto (Italy)
August 19 World Photography Day
August 24 Día de Parques Nacionales de Costa Rica (National Parks Day) (Costa Rica)
August 25 Founder’s Day, National Park Service (USA)
August 30 Melbourne Day commemorates the day the first European settlers landed on the north bank of the Yarra River from the schooner Enterprize in 1835. (Melbourne, Australia)
August Darwin Festival (Darwin, Australia)
August National Heritage Week (Ireland)
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Welcome June! I’m still excited having reblogged for the first time.
Once upon a time I used this blog as a means of learning how to blog, while the majority of my attention went to the maintenance of Planeta.com. And the only thing that’s changed is that I’ve grown from a novice blogger to an intermediate one with a vast storehouse of content from the past twenty years of hosting the website and virtual library.
For me, June is forever tinged with the global celebration of World Environment Day which in turn recognizes the creation of UNEP. Planeta.com was the organizer of the Colibri Ecotourism Awards. There are many great memories. Yes, this is the eco nerd holiday, so find a nice place with good people on June 5 and show the world some love.
Posted in 2017
Tagged 2017, june