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Registration is now open for's Web 2.0 Tools for Indigenous Tourism Operators

Registration is now open for's Web 2.0 Tools for Indigenous Tourism Operators ( PLANETA.COM ­ Web 2.0 Tools for Indigenous Tourism Operators focuses on
developing user-friendly and cost-effective techniques for education and
marketing for indigenous tourism operators.'s next webinar will
be offered in November 2007. Indigenous and Aboriginal operators featured in's World Travel Directory – — have free access to the training.

Participation is limited to those who are indigenous and work in tourism.
Topics addressed will be improving business websites, developing blogs and
flickr galleries and a review of other new toys on the Web that encourage

Registration for the Web 2.0 webinar is now open.

“Indigenous and Aboriginal tour operators provide an invaluable service to
their communities and visitors. Capacity building is vital to the long-term
success of these operations, said founder Ron Mader. He added
“Most operators are run on a tight budget in terms of both time and money.
Many operators simply do not their options of online promotion, particularly
the new Web 2.0 tools including Flickr, Google Earth, Slideshare and
YouTube. We're going to take a close look at best practices around the

In addition to the webinar, an ongoing dialogue focusing on the
world's indigenous people and tourism following a proposal at the 2007
Aboriginal Tourism Australia Conference. Topics being discussed include the
conservation of culture, minimizing negative impacts caused by tourism and
dealing with local spirituality. This discussion is open to indigenous
people working in tourism and tourism professionals working with indigenous

Mader also spoke at this year's Ecotourism New Zealand Conference and is
updating's indigenous tourism in New Zealand and how Maori
concepts are being factored in the national tourism strategy.


ABOUT PLANETA.COM is an award-winning website that presents articles and
discussion about the environment and travel. The site debuted in 1994.
Travelers will find tips on choosing eco-friendly and people-friendly trips
and professionals will find a number of helpful resources, including the
popular Exploring Ecotourism Resource Guide.


The changes at hand in tourism are notable. The online booking industry has
been transformed with reviews by travelers and by operators and associations
using new online tools that revolutionize the way visitors are guided. A
challenge for operators lies in understanding the new venues for dialogue
and promotion. As veteran trend watcher Steve Bridger points out, much of
the action is taking place 'out there' in social networks and online
communities instead of from your own website.


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