I write this blog about ecotourism because I have a big interest in this topic and I do think it can make a difference. I want to share what I find/think interesting about it.
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Saturday, May 30, 2009

World Ecotourism Conference in Vientiane? Sounds Like a Joke (and not a Green One)

vientiane, laosImage by solgarcia via Flickr

I just stumbled upon an article mentioning a World Ecotourism Conference in Vientiane. the first thing tat struck me (and I still do not understand it at some point) is why doing this in Vientiane? Why not doing it in Europe or in the US? I mean you have a lot more actors coming from places closer to any big conference hub around the world. I was like holding this UN summit on climate change a couple of years ago in Bali: flying everyone over there was not that green!

And why having conferences. Why not using the internet and all the technological means we have to communicate at distance? I can understand that having a summit and meeting people in person can accelerate things, but still it does not sound right to organize something like this.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

New Ecotourism Tech Resources

Image representing iPhone as depicted in Crunc...Image via CrunchBase

I would like to share with you two infos I just found by browsing on the web:

  1. NileGuide has an iPhone application
I know it might sound completely useless for some people, but it can be of great help for others travelling Western Europe, Northern America and some parts of Asia. If you are on the go and you are looking for information on what you should see, it is definitely for you as they have different guides written by other travellers.

2. Another green websites worth looking at: Greenspot

This website offers green advice on travelling, more especially on Central America and the Western USA. The website is pretty user friendly and they have recognition from CondeNast, Rainforest Alliance and The International Ecotourism Society. I just regret they do not offer more social features that would have enabled users to participate and share content.

And you, what are the new websites/resources you came across?
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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Back on Ecotourism Track: Laziness, the Worst Enemy!

Hi everyone,

I have been away of my blog for some time recently but I am back. This post is not organized around one topic but more several thoughts or ideas I went through recently.

First I recommend you to have a look at 40 Most Useful Travel Website That Can Save you a Fortune. I know they are not all oriented towards green initiatives but it could be useful for travelling. BTW, where do you plan to go this summer? Has the recession affected your choice of destination?

The other thing is that I went to Finland and a friend of mine challenged me on ecotourism (well friends are here to challenge you right??): "What's the point of it? Is it not a big joke or a smokescreen?". My point is that it has already succeeded and that its ultimate victory will be its disappearance: already consumers are asking for higher environmental standards for their vacations and this, even if it is slowed down by the current economic crisis, will keep increasing in the future. So at some point the standards for the whole tourism industry will be so high that everyone will be, of course at certaint degrees, doing ecotourism.

However there is only one thing that worries me regarding this and that can at some point stop it. It is even more powerful than all the greedy corporations (I did not say oil companies...) that are lobbying against any stringent regulations. It is anchored in all of us: our laziness!! I am still shocked when I look around me and I see how people can be so lazy regarding recycling or taking their car whereas they could just walk. I do not know how we can win over the laziness of people, but we definitely need to think about it. Any idea?

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Greenwashing as Its Best or True Ranking?

After the oil is goneImage by identity chris is via Flickr

I just found a green ranking on oil companies. I do not know what to think about it: pure greenwashing or honest research on companies? I am completely biased on the topic as I just truly HATE them for everything they stand for, but at some point I think we will have to work with them to go towards a greener future. It sounds weird to say that, but they have the financial resources to invest massively into green energies (of course for money's sake, but better that than nothing).

What do you think? Do you think these dinosaurs of an era that must disappear to ensure our own survival can evolve into something new? Or should we fight them tooth and nail?

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