E-Conference: Ecotourism Challenges
Ecotourism Challenges in New Zealand and Australia

related: New Zealand, Australia, ecotourism
flickrgroups: Ecotourism Challenges, Ecotourism Oceania
editing:
http://planeta.com/ecotourismnz2007/

The proposal was made at the 2007 Ecotourism NZ Conference for Planeta.com and Tai Poutini Polytechnic to conduct an online dialogue. This took place in September and October 2007 with objective of discussing the ways that ecotourism could be a catalyst toward greening the tourism industries in New Zealand and Australia. This was Planeta.com's first regional ecotourism discussion focusing on Oceania and was conducted via the Planeta Forum , Flickr and real-time chats.

Participants discussed the role of 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 and indigenous people and tourism.

The dialogue has been cited at a number of events, including the 2007 Ecotourism Australia Conference and the 2008 Ecotourism NZ Conference.

Evaluating the Dialogue

The Ecotourism Challenges in New Zealand and Australia Dialogue was quite popular, particularly after the dialogue. As of April 2010 the forum had been viewed more than 30,000 times, a five-fold increase in the number of views since the dialogue concluded. Like all of Planeta.com's E-conferences, the accessibility of the archives meant a slow but steady growth in the readership, a point we make in favor of asking all conferences to include online discussion before and after the event.

On Flickr the original Ecotourism Challenges in New Zealand and Australia Group includes 100+ photos of environmental conservation, outdoor recreation and ecotourism. The success of the Flickr gallery led us to expand the regional approach and launch the Ecotourism Oceania Group.

Traffic also grew for the two presentations delivered by Planeta.com's Ron Mader. Archived on Slideshare Ecotourism and Web 2.0 (6,000+) and Global Perspectives of Ecotourism (11,000+) became big hits (see below).

Ecotourism Challenges in New Zealand and Australia

FORUM SNAPSHOT

Views (Oct 2008)
Views (April 2010)

Announcement: About the Ecotourism Challenges Dialogue

2,170
3,400

Introductions and Participant Chatter
[ Goto page: 1, 2 ]

6,574
12,097

Ecotourism in New Zealand
[ Goto page: 1, 2 ]

12,545
21,710

Recommended Information Sources

4,307
7,850

Ecotourism in Australia

2,516
5,344

Collaboration: Ecotourism in New Zealand and Australia

2,724
4,978

Piechart (New Zealand and Australia Forum)
References


Ecotourism Challenges in New Zealand and Australia
http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/tour/ecotourismchallenges07.html

Photos
http://www.flickr.com/groups/ecotourismchallenges

Wiki

New Zealand
Australia
oceaniatour
oceaniasurvey
flickrgroups
wakingup

2007

Ecotourism NZ Conference
http://www.ecotourismnz.com/ecotourism/2007-programme

Aboriginal Tourism Australia Symposium
http://tinyurl.com/3cahpj

Slideshare







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