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Planeta.com to Host Online Dialogue Highlighting Ecotourism Challenges in New Zealand and Australia

(Forimmediaterelease.net) The proposal was made at the 2007 Ecotourism NZ Conference for Planeta.com
and Tai Poutini Polytechnic to conduct an online dialogue in September 2007.

The discussion occurs via the Planeta Forum and real-time chats.

The objective of the dialogue is to highlight ecotourism as a means of
greening the tourism industry. We welcome insights and first-hand accounts
from New Zealand and Australia. A summary of the dialogue will be published
on Planeta.com and circulated at upcoming conferences.

Among the topics to be discussed:
Clarification on what constitutes ecotourism
Tourism campaigns and promotion
The role of councils and local communities in tourism planning
Responding to carbon emissions concerns and long-haul travel
Concessions and land management
Indigenous people and tourism

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Active participation in the dialogue is limited to professionals working in
the field and requires registration on the Planeta Forum.

REGIONAL COLLABORATION QUESTIONS
How is ecotourism defined in New Zealand and Australia and who are the key
players?
What do stakeholders (including operators, visitors, locals, government
officials and academics) want from ecotourism in terms of conserving the
environment, working with communities and creating jobs?
How do Australian and New Zealand operators best integrate sustainable
practice into their businesses?
How is ecotourism best developed for long-haul travellers who wish to visit
both countries with a seamless transition?

NEW ZEALAND QUESTIONS
Do New Zealand operators think that ecotourism in their own country would
benefit from representation from its own industry body?
If so, what kind of representation do local operators require and expect?

AUSTRALIA QUESTIONS
What is the current perception of ecotourism in Australia?
What recommendations do Australian operators have for improving ecotourism
in their country?
What are operator experiences of certification programmes?

REFERENCE
Ecotourism Challenges in New Zealand and Australia: September 2007 Dialogue
www.planeta.com/planeta/07/0708dialogue.html
http://forum.planeta.com/viewforum.php?f=103

www.planeta.com

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