Fall in love with responsible travel February 8-14 as Planeta.com hosts our eighth annual Responsible Travel Week, a week-long celebration that kicks off 2016 in fine style. A great plus: admission is free and there’s no jet lag! The unconference takes place online AND around the world through a series of local events organized by participants.

Our real-time hangouts take place Monday-Friday and are streamed live and archived via YouTube. We are prepping the guest lists, so let Ron Mader know if you’d like to join a hangout on camera.

One of Planeta.com’s tentpole events, Responsible Travel Week manifests our commitment toward effective communication and collaboration. Responsible travel is not an ethical dilemma of whether to have fun or be responsible. You can do both!

Crowdsourced and crowdfunded, Responsible Travel Week amplifies down-to-earth applications of noble concepts including responsible travel, conscious travel and ecotourism with the inexpensive social web. We have the tools in our hands to plan trips, to welcome visitors, to make the world a better place. We welcome financial donors, including individuals and institutions willing to invest in a more formal approach, including awards and workshops focused on digital literacy training.

Kind regards, Ron Mader

Save the dates! Responsible Travel Week 2016 takes place February 8-14 #rtweek16 #monorail

2 Responses to rtweek

  1. What issues are responsible tourism issues?
    Responsible Tourism is about responding to the issues, it is about what we do to address the economic, social and environmental issues raised or caused by tourism around the world. Any kind of tourism can be more responsible, it can be more or less irresponsible. It is about using tourism to make better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit. It is not about developing long lists of issues, it is about identifying the issues which matter locally and tackling them. It is about not being irresponsible and about taking responsibility for doing what you can to address the issues. The aspiration of Responsible Tourism is to use tourism rather than to be used by it, all forms of tourism can be more responsible.

    Responsible Tourism is about making a difference and any tourism business can take responsibility, respond to an issue and make a difference. It is about what you do. We need to look beyond the label – not all forms of ecotourism are responsible. When I managed adult education courses in another life on of my part-time tutors ran a current affairs class with the strap line “never mind the patter watch the hands.” Transparent and credible reporting of the positive and negative impacts of travel and tourism is essential to progress in Responsible Tourism.

  2. ronmader says:

    Thank you, Harold!

    We started Responsible Travel Week in 2009 when the IRTC tourism conference in Belize was postponed. During the first online Responsible Travel Week I developed the thoughts with friends that would turn into the presentation Storytelling Now.

    We share many of the same ideas starting with the notion that any kind of tourism can be more responsible and that’s it is critical to identify the issues which matter locally and tackling them. I also agree that transparent and credible reporting of the positive and negative impacts of travel and tourism is essential to progress. Hopefully our efforts are combining in a way that stimulates such reporting and the conversations that connect locals and visitors in meaningful dialogue. Cheers, Ron

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