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Responsible Travel Week 2016

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Tweethearts, fall in love with responsible travel. A heartfelt welcome to our registered guests.

Here's the ongoing story of a global dialogue that celebrates people at the heart of what we want to do as residents of a particularly stunning globe. As locals and visitors, we have new ways to connect.


One of's tentpole events, Responsible Travel Week (February 8-14, 2016) manifests our commitment toward effective communication and collaboration. Responsible travel is not an ethical dilemma of whether to have fun or be responsible. We can do both!

2016 is the eighth year for Responsible Travel Week and's 17th year of innovative conferencing.

What's new in 2016? Let's look at technical innovations AND highlights of local responsible and irresponsible travel.

Technical: We're asking friends and colleagues to make the most of live video. Check out the Periscope app. Use Live Video on Facebook. Watch or join a conversation on YouTube Also, learn how to edit a wiki! More social web challenges below.

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. Think of this as a way to move beyond silos and share the information and questions we have. 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.

Let's learn how to use new technologies, how to combine high tech with face-to-face gatherings. In education this is called 'blended learning.' Why shouldn't we do the same in travel and travel conferences?

Fall in love with responsible travel and let us know your plans and level of engagement. Schedule your own event or stage a viewing party. What participants get out of an event depends on what's put in. Start the year on a clean slate. We recommend budgeting time before, during and after the week to make the most of networking opportunities. If you introduce your interests and interact with others even a modest investment of time can pay off spectacularly with new ideas and contacts. Be inspired and be inspiring!

Contact Info

Ron Mader
email Ron


Tip: If you have a website, add a link or embed the code

Translating: Let’s celebrate the people at the heart of conscious, local, responsible travel

Spanish: Vamos a celebrarlas personas en el corazon de los viajes conscientes, locales, responsables
Afrikaans: Komons die mensetevier in die hart van bewuste, plaaslike, verantwoordelikereis
Estonian: Olgemtähistadainimestesüdamesteadlik, kohalikud, kesvastutabreisil
German: Lassen Sieuns die Menschen in den Mittelpunktderbewussten, lokal, verantwortlichReisefeiern
Japanese: 意識、地元、責任旅行の心で人々を祝うてみましょう
Maori: Kia whakanui a teiwiitengakauomatau, rohe, haerehaepapa
Portuguese: Vamoscomemoraropovo no coração do turismoconsciente, local, responsáveis
Swedish: Låtossfiramänniskorihjärtatavmedvetna, lokal, ansvarigresor



Responsible Travel Week 2016
responsible travel gallery

Google Doc


hashtag: #rtweek16

How to get involved

Engaged participation in any event (online and on the ground) requires a commitment and a certain degree of curiosity. On this wiki page you'll find specific suggestions on what you can do before, during and after the event. You don't have to do everything, but please find a way to get involved to make the most of responsible travel. This event is what you make it, what you learn and what you do. Consider it a wake-up call for a healthier 2016.

Top Tips

Register on Eventbrite.
Circle the dates on your calendar and budget time.
Join the Facebook event page .
Join the Google+ event page .
Tweet using the #rtweek16 hashtag.
Comment and ask questions on Ron's blog.
Join us for the real-time hangouts.
If you cannot create, curate.
Share what you learn with family and friends. 'Responsible travel' has little value if we cannot articulate its values in public.




> Before Responsible Travel Week

It's a new year and we begin Responsible Travel Week with a clean slate. Here are a few things you can do to prepare for a lively week.

Reflect on why you care about travel, what you love and what you would like to learn about responsible travel.

Register for the event using this form on Eventbrite and please register for social web channels you'd like to master. Bookmark this page. Our wiki offers the helicopter view. If it makes it easier to access, make it a favorite on your browser or device of choice.

Make a wishlist of the things you'd like to do, people you'd like to meet, places you'd like to visit. If you're a traveler, what 'responsible travel' options are of greatest interest? If you're a local who receives visitors, what are you most proud of in your community you'd like to share?

Collaborate! In the backchannel (email, private face-to-face chats), talk this over with colleagues and make an announcement or presentation early in the week.

Topics addressed: biking and cycling, biodiversity, elephants, Indigenous connections, parks and protected areas, rock art,
Responsible Travel Networking - Facebook
Responsible Travel Handbook (2006) (PDF) @TransAbroad
Responsible Tourism - Transitions Abroad
Local Travel on Google+

From Loop Head to the World Bank
A-Z of Responsible Tourism

Assessing tourists' cognitive, emotional and behavioural reactions toan unethical destination incident
(Kudos Brian Garrod for making this gold open access!)

Ecotourism, natural resource conservation proposed as allies to protect natural landscapes

Monday, February 1

Media Day

We answer any questions for your newscast, blog or personal interest. Just tweet questions with the #rtweek16 hashtag or direct it to @ronmader

One of our challenges for Responsible Travel Week 2016 #rtweek16 is to learn how to make the most of live video and livestreaming. We will schedule some 1-1 and small group hangouts for real-time conversation. I'd also encourage those in the field to create your own videos. There are plenty of options, including YouTube, Vimeo and Periscope, what I'd call the app of the year! Tips:

What's in it for you? Bottom line: If you want to increase your viewers/audience, just let us know where to find your video with the #rtweek16 hashtag. Faves will be added to the wiki

open journalism

Monday, February 8

Responsible Travel Week Day #1. Today's challenge: Be creative.

Why have a Responsible Travel Week? Because most people who crave responsible travel, practice responsible travel, benefit from responsible travel -- never use the words 'responsible travel.'

This month we are planning a few live video hangouts via Google and YouTube and the periscope app where we plan to visit Cornerstone Park, the Las Vegas Bike Shop @nvbikeped, el Vaquero, the Ethel M Cactus Garden.

Social Web Challenges:
Download and play with the following apps
Google+ Hangouts

On the web, learn how wikis work. Tour Wikispaces

Buzzwords: Biodiversity, Elephants, Experience
Blog: Day 1

Recommended Listening
Centennial Park Labyrinth Walk Music

native innovation
Compassionate Kozhikode

Elsewhere on the Web
Why Green Travelers Love Amsterdam

Tuesday, February 9

Responsible Travel Week Day #2. Today's challenge: Be generous.

Today is Day 2 of Responsible Travel Week. If you're in London, make new friends at the RT Unite Meetup

Question: What are your favorite bike-friendly businesses?

Buzzwords: Dogs, Wetlands
Periscope: Cornerstone Park

Elsewhere on the Web
8 Myths About Responsible Tourism - WTTC
- RT Networking

Wednesday, February 10

Responsible Travel Week Day #3. Today's challenge: Be attentive.

It's #WikiWednesday so a special shoutout request for suggestions. Many thanks to the editors

Social Web Challenges:
Like a post on our Facebook event page
Like a photo from our Flickr album
+1 and share our next Google+ Hangout: Responsible Travel Week Hangout with Ecoclub
Give a thumbs up to a YouTube video

Buzzwords: Elephants, Empower, Irresponsible, Wildlife
Elsewhere on the Web @travelmattersuk @RTTCollective

Thursday, February 11

Responsible Travel Week Day #4. Today's challenge: Be curious.

Responsible Travel Week Hangout with Ecoclub

Google+ Hangout, YouTube
Responsible Travel Week Hangout with Ecoclub
Guests: Antonis, Nikki

Blog: The Best Conversations Take Place Over Time

Elsewhere on the Web

Friday, February 12

Responsible Travel Week Day #5. Today’s challenge: Be empathetic.

Buzzword Bingo: orphanage
Elsewhere on the Web
A cautionary tale (earth in the cross-hairs)

Saturday, February 13

Sunday, February 14

Elsewhere on the Web

February 21

International Mother Language Day

March 3

World Wildlife Day


Open Education Week

April 18

World Heritage Day

May 2016

Responsible Local Travel in the USA #localtravelusa 1-year report

June 5

World Environment Day
Elsewhere on the Web

August 2016

Indigenous Peoples Week

September 27

World Tourism Day

November 8

Responsible Tourism Day
Elsewhere on the Web

London: WTM

February 2017

Responsible Travel Week

Multilingual Announcement



Everyone is invited.
Todos estan invitados.


2016 Responsible Travel Week takes place Feb 8-14. We suggest participants budget at least one hour/day for participation. It helps if you spend some time prior to Responsible Travel Week for background reading and registration online the social web channels you wish to explore this year.
La Semana de Viajes Responsables 2016 se llevara a cabo del 8-14 febrero. Sugerimos que los participantes programar por lo menos una hora al día para la participación. Ayuda si inviertes unas horas antes de la semana para leer los ensayos recomendados y registrar en los caneles de las redes sociales que quieres explorar este año.


Responsible Travel Week is a live demonstration of social web as an easy and inexpensive means of documenting the challenges and successes of developing responsible tourism. Consider this an unconference. There is a flexible agenda with topics of common interest an an invitation to the participants themselves to show responsible travel in action.
La Semana de Viajes Responsables es una muestra en vivo de los redes sociales como una manera facil y barato para documentar los desafíos y éxitos del desarrollo del turismo responsable.

Considere esto un unconference. Hay una agenda flexible, simplemente con los temas de interés común y una invitación a los propios participantes para mostrar el turismo responsable en acción.


Responsible Travel Week is Free and Pay What You Want (PWYW).
La Semana de Viajes Responsables es gratis y Pay What You Want (PWYW).


Responsible Travel Week takes place online and integrates the digital realm with down to earth good practices around the world.

Seek out and support local events. Create a photo safari or host greendrinks or a carrotmob.
La Semana de Viajes Responsables se realiza en línea e integra al mundo digital con las prácticas buenas alrededor del mundo.

Busca y apoya algún evento en tu localidad. Crea un fotosafari o patroniza greendrinks o un carrotmob.


One of the key objectives of Responsible Travel Week is to create incentives for continuity - we'd really like to hear updates on recent tourism conferences and previews of upcoming events that touch upon the core values of responsible travel. Another key objective is to strengthen relationships with existing contacts and make new friends!
Uno de los objetivos claves de la Semana de Viajes Responsables es crear incentivos para la continuidad - nos gustaría oír noticias actualizadas sobre conferencias de turismo y también saber sobre los acontecimientos en el futuro. Otro objetivo fundamental es fortalecer las relaciones y hacer nuevos amigos!


We'll be using Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Slideshare, Twitter and YouTube to document tourism practices around the world.

Tip: Be honest and be public. This is the week where you get to shout out to the world the good things you see around you. Lead the way or follow the topics for which you have interest and passion. Talk food, parks, museums, volunteering, slow travel / local travel. These conversations broaden and deepen our dialogue. Have fun!
Usaremos Facebook, Flickr, Google+ Slideshare, Twitter y YouTube para documentar prácticas sobre turismo en todo el Mundo.

Consejo: Se honesto y abierto. Esta es la semana para gritarle al mundo las cosas buenas que ves a tu alrededor. Se un lider y guiarnos o seguir los temas en que te interesan y te apasionan. Platica sobre comida, parques, museos, oportunidades para voluntar, turismo lento (slow travel) y el movimiento acerca turismo local (local travel). Estas conversaciones ampliar y profundizar nuestro diálogo. Que te diviertan!



Alla är inbjudna.
Kõik on kutsutud.
Jeder ist eingeladen.


2016 Responsible Travel Week äger rum 8-14 februari. Vi föreslår deltagarna budgeterar minst en timme / dag för deltagande.
2016 Aasta Vastutustundliku Turismi Nädal toimub 8-14 veebruaril. Osalemiseks soovitame pühendada iga päev vähemalt ühe tunni.
Die Woche für Tourismus mit Verantwortung findet von 8 bis 14 Februar 2016 statt. Wir schlagen vor, mindestens eine Stunde pro Tag für die Teilnahme einzuplanen.


Responsible Travel Week är en demonstration av social web som ett sätt att dokumentera utmaningar och framgångar av ansvarstagande turism.

Tänk på detta en unconference. Det finns ingen agenda, bara frågor av gemensamt intresse, en inbjudan till deltagarna själva att visa ansvarsfull turism i aktion.
Vastutustundliku turismi nädalal kasutame erinevaid social web vahendeid, et tutvustada vastutustundliku turismi näiteid ja edulugusid.

Mõelge sellele unconference. Ei ole kindlaksmääratud päevakorda, lihtsalt huvi pakkuvates kutse osalejad ise näidata vastutustundlik turism in action.
Die Woche für Tourismus mit Verantwortung ist eine Live-Demonstration der Möglichkeiten von Social Web zur Dokumentation der Erfolge und Herausforderungen einer verantwortungsbewussten Tourismus-Entwicklungj.

Die Responsible Travel Week ist eine Unkonferenz. Es gibt keine feste Tagesordnung. Themen von gemeinsamem Interesse werden von den Teilnehmern diskutiert.


Gratis +
and Pay What You Want (PWYW).
Free +
and Pay What You Want (PWYW)
Kostenlos und Pay What You Want (PWYW).


Responsible Travel Week äger rum på nätet och integrerar den digitala eran med jordnära god praxis i hela världen.
Vastutustundliku turismi nädal toimub internetis ning ühendab endas digitaalse ajastu võimalused ning vastutustundliku turismi kohalikud praktised näited kogu maailmast.
Die Woche für Tourismus mit Verantwortung erfolgt online und verbindet die digitale Welt mit praktisch erprobten Konzepten auf der ganzen Welt.


Ett av de viktigaste målen för Responsible Travel Week är att skapa ett incitament för kontinuitet - vi skulle verkligen vilja se uppdateringar från de senaste turism-konferenserna och eventen, och vi vill också gärna se en agenda för framtida evenemang. Ett annat viktigt mål är att stärka relationer med befintliga kontakter och få nya vänner!
Üks vastutustundliku turismi nädala olulisemaid eesmärke on innustada järjepidevust - soovime väga kuulda uudiseid hiljuti toimunud või eesseisvatest konverentsidest ja üritustest. Teine oluline eesmärk on tugevdada suhteid vanade sõpradega ja leida uusi sõpru!
Eines der wichtigsten Ziele der Woche für Tourismus mit Verantwortung ist es, Anreize für Kontinuität zu schaffen - wir würden wirklich gerne über die neuesten Tourismus Konferenzen und Veranstaltungen erfahren und freuen uns über Tipps zu Ereignissen in der Zukunft. Ein weiteres wichtiges Ziel ist es, Kontakte zu stärken und neue Freunde zu machen.


Vi kommer att använda Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Slideshare, Twitter och YouTube för att dokumentera metoder på turismområdet runt om i världen.

Var ärlig och var offentlig. Det här är den vecka där du får skrika ut till världen de bra saker du ser omkring dig. Skapa en lokal händelse. Stöd en lokal händelse. Gör en Foamboard. Skapa nya eller följ ämnen som du har intresse och passion för. Prata mat, parker, museum, prata volontärarbete, prata slowtravel / localtravel! Dessa samtal kan bredda och fördjupa vår dialog. Ha kul!
Me kasutame näidete esitlemiseks järgmisi vahendeid - Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Slideshare, Twitter ja YouTube

Ole aus ja avatud. See on nädal, kus sa saad teadvustada maailmale häid asju, mida sa näed enda ümber. Loo oma kohalik sündmus või toeta mõnd kohalikku sündmust. Tee "foamboard". Algata ja juhi arutelu teemal, mille osas tunned kirglikku huvi. Räägi kaasa haakuvatel teemadel nagu - kohalik toit, vabatahtlik tegevus, aeglane reisimine, kohalik reisimine. Need vestlused laiendada ja süvendada meie dialoog. Have fun!
Wir werden mit Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Slideshare, Twitter und YouTube Tourismus-Praxis auf der ganzen Welt dokumentieren. Seien Sie ehrlich und öffentlich. Dies ist die Woche, bei der Sie der Welt über die guten Dinge, die Sie in Ihrem Umfeld beobachten, erzählen können.

Veranstalten Sie ein lokales Event. Unterstützen Sie ein lokales Event. Erstellen Sie ein Foamboard. Übernehmen Sie die Initiative oder folgen Sie den Themen, die für Sie von Interesse und wichtig sind. Sprechen Sie über Essen, parks, museums, Freiwilligenarbeit, slowtravel / localtravel.

Pre-Event: Build the Buzz

February 2016: Engage

Post Event: Reflect

Share the news online and in face-to-face chats
Link to this page
Announce the countdown (example: less than 10 days until Responsible Travel Week!)

Ask questions.
Create your own poster (examples)
Prepare a presentation

Organize local events, including photosafaris, carrotmobs and green drinks
Create local information resources including foamboards and pop-up museums

Social Web
Register on social web channels
Facebook: join the event and share the event on your wall
Flickr: upload photos and curate a gallery; use one of our free posters as artwork on your website
Google+ Join the Google+ Event
Slideshare: View the presentation. Please share the presentation using Facebook, Twitter and Google+. You can also embed the presentation on your site. Creative? Upload your own RT work.
Twitter: Use the hashtag: #rtweek16
(more info about tags and tagging); retweet tweets about Responsible Travel Week; tweet this page (there's a button in the left column)
Youtube: create your own video playlist (example)
Ron's Blog: Comment on Ron's blog
Show off your work
Make announcements
Make presentations
Ask questions

Hold local events, including photosafaris, carrotmobs and green drinks
Show off local information resources including foamboards and pop-up museums

Use public transportation and show us how it works

Visit a local market and talk up who's selling what

Give feedback about what's working, what's not working
Update pages on, including What is responsible travel?
Suggest updates for
Announce developments at conferences

Social Web
Participate on social web channels
Facebook: join the event and share the event on your wall
Flickr: upload photos and curate a gallery
Google+ Ask questions and consult tips via the Google+ Event
Slideshare: Please share the event presentation using Facebook, Twitter and Google+. You can also embed the presentation on your site.
Twitter: Use the hashtag: #rtweek16
(more info about tags and tagging); retweet tweets about Responsible Travel Week; tweet this page (there's a button in the left column)
Youtube: create your own video playlist (example)
Ron's Blog: Comment on Ron's blog
We will ask the participants to answer a short survey

Please thank people whose work has inspired you during Responsible Travel Week

Online comment via the social web channels you consulted

On the ground share with colleagues what you learned

Review Hashtag stats

Check your calendar. What RT events were announced?

Social Web
Evaluate participation on social web channels

Facebook: How many people introduced themselves?
Flickr: Were albums and galleries were created?
Google+ How many people joined and posted?
Slideshare: How many views did the presentation receive? Were other RT presentations uploaded?
Twitter: How popular was the hashtag?
Youtube: Were any RT playlists created?
Ron's Blog: Comment on Ron's blog

Easy Ways to Participate

Levels of Engagement
Tourism Pros
Be attentive
Check out the conversations, pictures, videos
Check out the conversations, pictures, videos
Check out the conversations, pictures, videos
Be creative
Upload photos, videos from your trips; Announce upcoming events, publications, trips
Upload photos, videos from local attractions and services
Upload photos and videos from local attractions and services; Share presentations
Be generous
Say kind things about the kind of travel you love
Say kind things about the kind of travel you love
Say kind things about the kind of travel you love
Be empathetic
Put yourself in the shoes of locals and other travelers
Put yourself in the shoes of visitors and other locals
Put yourself in the shoes of your colleagues, visitors and locals
Be curious
Seek out the type of travel that inspires you on the ground or as an armchair explorer
Ask visitors about their homes and where there travels have taken them
Seek out the type of travel that inspires you on the ground or as an armchair explorer
Registration is open!

Registered Guests and Twitter Handles
Maureen Maloney
Fredrick Selby, USA @cheffredrick
Anders Kärrstedt, Sweden @anderskarr
Irfan Qureshi, Mozambique
Nadia Kannemeyer, South Africa
Kaitie Worobec, Canada

Tip: If you're not on the guest list, please register on Eventbrite

What would you like to learn?

Are there any specific topics you would like to see addressed during Responsible Travel Week?
Accessible travel

Links and Mentions
Global Partnership
Responsible Tourism Awards
Sustainable Vision
Green-Travel Network


2016 is's 17th year of online conferencing and the eighth year for Responsible Travel Week. We expect the conversations to take a great leap forward thanks to inspired participation from returning participants and those new to online conferencing and responsible travel. Take a peak at what we accomplished during Responsible Travel Weeks in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009. Each year our discussion has continued to mature as the social web becomes easier to use and responsible travel becomes more trendy!

Back in 2000 we started tinkering with inclusive online conversations focusing on ecotourism. Each year since we've hosted online events. In 2016 we expect our global conversation to take a great leap forward thanks to inspired participation. There are plenty of ways to get involved with local and online events. Inclusion is the key point. We want to make sure that everyone's invited into broader and more localised conversations.

Questions and Answers (Q&A)

What is Responsible Travel? Responsible travel is treating others the way they wish to be treated. It's a variation on the Platinum Rule... it's also good manners. Rephrasing the Cape Town Declaration "Responsible travel creates better places for to live and better places to visit." Good friends agree that responsible travel is a must-have in the growing movement that connects visitors and locals.

What language does Responsible Travel Week use? The primary language of the event is English. We encourage participants to use other languages and to translate 'Responsible Travel' in the local lingo. When sharing news in any language, please use the #rtweek16 hashtag!

Who should participate? Everyone's invited! For visitors, this event is an opportunity to see where to go, how to travel and who to meet. For local tourism leaders and travel businesses, this is free advertising and an opportunity to learn good practices from around the globe. For journalists, authors, bloggers and other media pros, this is an opportunity to scan beyond the horizon for stories and a way to share the news about features you've published. Active participants will be featured on this page and we will be happy to retweet your tweets, add stars to your Flickr photos, like your comments on Facebook, +1 on Google+ and give the thumbs up on YouTube videos.

Why participate? If you are curious about responsible travel, this event lets you explore the topic in depth. It's a catalyst for many to get up to speed on specific topics AND social web channels. If you prepare a bit and budget time during the week, you'll learn a lot. Exemplary performance will be recognized and rewarded. Let's pool our talents and learn together. The more information we share, the easier it is for others to join these efforts.

How much time does it take to participate? This depends entirely on you. If you are presenting a program or tour, then there's considerable preparation time. If you are keen on learning what's taking place around the globe, then there will be time you need to budget for perusing the Twitter feed or watching the Google+ hangouts. If you are casually interested, then it's adviseable to give yourself at least 15-30 minutes/day to consult this wiki page and the exterior links each day.

Who are partners? Partners are listed on this page as those who have expressed a commitment to Responsible Travel Week by staging local events, hosting photo safaris or indigenous language video championship. Bonus points to friends who help edit the wiki.

May I contribute $ to support Responsible Travel Week? - Individual donations and institutional support are welcome.

What are the benefits of Donor ticket holders? Donors receive special acknowledgement.

How much does it cost to participate? - Participation is free. We welcome donors and encourage you to contribute if you can.

What is the difference between Free and Donor tickets? - Hosting this event is a lot of work and we appreciate any financial donation. Donors receive a special acknowledgement on the event wiki.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? - This registration is for online participation. No printed tickets needed!

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? - All ages are welcome. This is an inclusive event.

What can I bring to the event? - Curiosity and generosity. Compassion and passion are also recommended.
What are the benefits to general participants? Think low investment, high return. You have the opportunity to gain knowledge and networking. In terms of quantifiable benefits, engaged participants grow the number of Twitter followers and likes on Facebook during Responsible Travel Week. Track the number of new endorsements and recommendations on LinkedIn, views on Slideshare presentations, views or edits on wiki pages.

What are the featured topics? We are seeking some interesting stories about tourism's connections to accessibility, biodiversity conservation, indigenous peoples, food, markets, parks and protected areas, volunteering and water conservation/recreation. Other big questions to be explored are the connections between city and rural environments. Other topics: child protection, hunting, public transportation, mission trips, sports tourism, e-waste and the proper disposal of batteries.

Why use Google docs and wikis? One of the goals for Responsible Travel Week is to improve overall digital literacy while cultivating communities of interest. The relevant page on the Planeta Wiki will be edited with links to our favorite resources. We also encourage readers to join and edit Wikipedia.

What's new in 2016?
  • Topical Discussions
  • Photo Challenge: We want to see photos and artwork inspired by responsible travel
  • Video Challenge: We want to see videos inspired by responsible travel. Upload to Vine, Vimeo and YouTube
  • Drone Videos: We want to see videos made with drones and we'll be discussing the do's and don'ts
  • Social Web Challenge Contest: Award to the individuals and countries using the social web; judged by overall quality as well as individual achievement
  • New local events in Las Vegas and nearby Henderson. For the third year we're hosting the event from one of the world's most storied cities. Look for early morning photosafaris and soundwalks in Henderson parks.
  • Spotlight on dark skies AND the International year of Light
  • Country Contest: Which country will win our inaugural contest for most engaged participation during RT Week?
  • Google Docs We are setting up a half dozen docs focusing on responsible travel. We'll also see if there's interest in creating transcripts from the hangouts.
  • Increased use of Google+ for Live Hangouts. Now we can chat directly with participants with live Q&A. Ideally each day's hangout (or hangouts) will include 3-5 participants.
  • Flipboard! Check out the Responsible Travel Flipboard
  • Outbounding. Upvote your favorite RT features on Outbounding.
  • Wikispaces: Responsible Travel Week Project

What matures in 2016?
  • Event Brite: Free and Donor Tickets
  • Hangouts
  • Wiki
  • Buzzwords
  • We're holding our annual poster challenge!
  • We're connecting responsible travel to cities
  • We're connecting responsible travel to events
  • We're connecting responsible travel to parks
  • We're connecting responsible travel with indigenous culture
  • We're connecting responsible travel with child protection
  • We're improving our marketing tips for responsible travel services
  • We're improving our tips for travelers seeking responsible travel options
  • We're updating our directory of tourism portals with links to specific info about responsible travel


Fall in love with responsible travel February 8-14 as hosts our eighth annual Responsible Travel Week, a week-long celebration that kicks off the year in fine style. Consider this a reset for 2016.

A great plus: admission is free and there's no jet lag! The unconference takes place online AND around through local events organized by participants. Donors and partners are also welcome! If you see a way to collaborate, let us know.

Online and on-the-ground events are featured in the calendar.

Real-time hangouts are streamed live and archived via YouTube.

We are seeking donors for Responsible Travel Week to help cover the development of training seminars and webinars to carry the conversations forward. Contact Ron Mader for details.

How do participants document responsible travel? Photos and videos are ideal. Show us responsible travel in action. If you cannot create, curate!

I would like to organize a local event, but I don't have time during RT Week. What can I do? You can announce the event during RT Week or simply let others know that a local get-together is in the works. On Twitter, include the hashtag #rtweek16.

Can I volunteer? Editors help us update our directory of official Tourism Portals and reward the countries and cities that make responsible travel a priority. Find the links of specific information and share.

How does this event encourage collaboration? One of the goals of Responsible Travel Week is to encourage collaboration within local and regional communities. We need to find ways out of institutional silos and get people to share information. Toward this goal, we encourage participants to be generous in their words of praise and testimonials for others. It's blue sky thinking, but we'd like to replace finger pointing with recommending positive interactions. Keep an eye on our country contest as we compare how different nations fare when it comes to showcasing specific examples of responsible travel in action.

What's being updated on the Planeta Wiki? We ask editors of the Planeta Wiki to help edit the global review of tourism portals. Other pages we will be updating include volunteer, sami, tapas, Responsible Tourism in South Africa, Responsible Tourism in Cities, maya, parks, biodiversity. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, we'd like suggestions to help update our Who's Who resources of those working in the UK and in German-speaking Europe.

What is the role of cities and responsible travel? Responsible travel should be embedded within policies and part of the focus will be to create a snapshot of world cities including Las Vegas, USA, Cape Town and Mossel Bay, South Africa, Auckland, New Zealand and Oaxaca City, Mexico. This continues our work since 2011's Responsible Tourism in Cities Workshop.

Why an unconference? Simply put, traditional events have become too organized and boring. Participants discuss their own work or the talking points decided by the organizers. We think participants can organize themselves and the unconference is the ideal approach. Traditional conferences are overly scripted without opportunities to engage one another. While they take place at a specific venue, they fail to engage remote participants watching online. We created the Responsible Travel Week as an inexpensive way to broaden and deepen conversations about travel and tourism. Ron will be updating his blog and storifying tweets about Responsible Travel Week. The point is to explore responsible travel in all its manifestations using the social web.

Can anyone create a local event? Yes! Get people involved and learn together what 'responsible travel' is all about. Organize what you think would work best and simply. Leave the complicated events for later on in the year.

Can I announce news regarding a responsible travel business or tour? Yes! You can talk up your own business or the business of colleagues you respect.

Who can use the #rtweek16 hashtag? Anyone can use the #rtweek16 hashtag to announce relevant resources, videos, podcasts and upcoming events and tours. We recommend that the #rtweek16 hashtag be used to document what you find inspiring during RT Week

Does the hashtag only work on Twitter? Hashtags are most popularly used on Twitter and will be used to help us curate our favorite tweets in the Storify feature on RT Week ( This past year hashtags have begun to be used on Facebook and Google+. On Flickr you can use the hashtag to identify posters or relevant photos. Please tag presentations on Slideshare and posts on Wordpress.


Digital Literacy: Core Skills
Before RT Week begins, we ask participants to brush up on digital literacy skills and assess their own level of competence on digital channels: email, Facebook, Flickr, Google+, LinkedIn/Slideshare, Twitter, Wikispaces, Wikipedia, YouTube.

Please note that we do not expect that all participants have awesome, state of the day communication skills. Far from it! One of the goals of RT Week is to promote intergenerational connections and connections with friends and colleagues who are most comfortable with analog media. That said, the conference as a whole thrives on participants being digitally articulate. We're not in the same room, folks, so if you want to be heard, you'll need to learn to write an email, a Facebook status update and a tweet. The social web works with repetition and redudancy.

Please answer the following questions yes or no. Are you able to
Save links on your web browser?
Read and send email?
Edit a wiki.
Watch a Google+ hangout?
Participate in a Google+ hangout?
Take a photo with your phone?
Upload a photo from your phone?
Like 'Responsible Travel' on Facebook?

Games, Challenges and Contests

Share a photo: Favorite world crafts (with name of the artisan)
Share a photo: What's cooking in your solar oven?

One of our social web challenges for Responsible Travel Week 2016 #rtweek16 is to learn how to make the most of live video and livestreaming. We will schedule some 1-1 and small group hangouts for real-time conversation. I'd also encourage those in the field to create your own videos. There are plenty of options, including YouTube, Vimeo and Periscope, what I'd call the app of the year! Tips:

What's in it for you? Bottom line: If you want to increase your viewers/audience, just let us know where to find your video with the #rtweek16 hashtag. Faves will be added to the wiki

You cannot win it if you're not in it!

Nominations please for the cities and countries which are in the vanguard of responsible travel.

Nominations please for favorite display of responsible travel via the social web:
a gallery on Flickr
a community on Google+
a board on Pinterest
a story on Storify
a playlist on YouTube

Speaking of Flickr ...
Travel companies - Add photos to Workshop 21
Spanish language schools - Add photos to Taller 21

Country Spotlight

We are asking for partners (particularly editors) who can help update this table featuring the spotlight wiki pages we've created on the Planeta Wiki for particular countries. We will also compile a entry about the country's travel and nature and an index of our favorite Twitterers.

We are seeking partners to create a spotlight for individual countries, including featured pages on the Planeta Wiki, an index of Twitter favorites and quick summaries of the countries' nature and tourism. What countries would you like to see featured in this way?

Wiki Spotlight




Locally create
an informative foamboard
a pop-up museum
a free, public photosafari
a public green drinks cocktail hour
a soundwalk

We will make specific suggestions Monday-Friday that correspond to the levels of engagement.

Featured are motivational challenges designed to help you be creative (Monday), generous (Tuesday), attentive (Wednesday), curious (Thursday) and empathetic (Friday).

Specific Tips

Everyone - Be inspired and be inspiring. Attitude is everything.
Everyone - Be a romantic. What do you love about responsible travel? Share the love.
Everyone - Share examples of responsible travel that you have personally experienced. Provide specific examples.
Everyone - Be generous. Compliment someone via Twitter, fave a photo or write a testimonial on Flickr, like us on Facebook, give a thumbs up to a video on YouTube. You can even call or greet someone face-to-face!
Have your say - Comment on Ron's blog
Walk the talk - Practice responsible travel where you are. Take a walk with neighbors and visitors.
Be frugal and creative - Make a pop-up museum about responsible travel!
Live local - Organize a local Photosafari and/or Green drinks
Play nice! - Use Responsible Travel Week as an opportunity to build healthy relationships at the local AND international levels.
Prepare - Budget time and plan now by circling the dates on your calendar: February 8-14.
Register - If you'd like to learn how to use social web channels, register online and test out a few before the week begins. Sooner the better!
Share - Responsible travel is better with friends.
Be creative - Make your own poster or video showing responsible travel in action
Facebook - Introduce yourself on Facebook; Write something kind about someone/something you respect; Like other people's intros and resources; Share the event on your wall; Let us know about relevant groups and pages on Facebook.
Flickr - Add photos to the Flickr Groups: City Parks , World Parks , World Food, World Trees, Hyperlocal, Si Más Bicicletas (Yes More Bicycles)
Google+ Please circle and join our real-time hangouts.
Persiscope -
Twitter - Use the hashtag: #rtweek16 (more info about tags and tagging)
YouTube - Upload a video for Responsible Travel Week; create a playlist focusing on responsible travel
Wikis - Edit the responsible tourism page on Wikipedia; volunteer to edit the Planeta Wiki; share your own wiki


Everyone - Please register
Conference organizers - Provide summaries or previews of events featuring responsible travel. Let's get away from silos. Please more reviews and recaps.
Government officials - Prepare blogs, tweets, flickr albums and Slideshare presentations about your work in responsible travel. Recap programs and preview events. We challenge city and country leaders to volunteer to edit the Planeta Wiki for the next six months. Work with us on the relevant pages. Here are tips on the requirements of our wiki editors.
Bloggers and Journalists - Preview Responsible Travel Week and ask questions that you'd like public feedback. Let us know where you're blogging! During and after RT Week, please report on what you learn, what you write, what you publish. Links are added to the wiki and if you know of RT events we can add them to the calendar.
Guidebook Authors, Travel Writers and Publishers - Preview Responsible Travel Week in your blog or twitter account and ask questions that you'd like assistance. Afterwards, please keep us updated on how your books integrate new information generated during RT Week
Hotels - Print the calendar and RT Week posters for staff and guests. Create your own local event and announce it as soon as possible. Create a short, lively document about local responsible travel tips that can be placed in guests' rooms. Local tips can also be added to relevant Planeta wiki pages.
Students/Teachers - Academics, share news about Responsible Travel Week with your teachers and classmates. Print outd the free posters (below) for your classroom or academic message board. Survey the class before/after RT Week and share the results.
Travelers - Question what 'responsible travel' is in practical terms. Share experiences. Use the hashtag and event pages to showcase examples you've found that are beneficial to locals and visitors.
Travel companies, guides, hotels, restaurants - If your services are eco- and people-friendly, let the world know. Add photos to Flickr, videos to YouTube and show us specific examples of your work; print the free posters (below) for your business; create your own poster (and submit it to our poster competition!); offer discounts to visitors who mention RTWeek; encourage your clients to use social web to provide testimonials of what you do well; tweet about specific actions and provide links where we can find details
Trusted colleagues - Editors, please help clarify the text and translate the info on this page; update other Planeta Wiki pages that we can spotlight
Donors - Those interested in financially supporting Responsible Travel Week should contact Ron Mader.

Outcomes and Evaluation

Quantitative Goals
Qualitative Goals
We would like to see an increase in the number of people using the hashtag on Twitter and Google+, an increase in the number of views of this page
More views on the Planeta Wiki's pages
More tweets using the hashtag on Twitter
More original presentations and videos from participants
More news stories about responsible travel prior to and during Responsible Travel Week
More translations of 'responsible travel' in other languages

More edits from Planeta Wiki editors prior to and during Responsible Travel Week
More participation from travel companies and language schools featured on

10 veteran or new businesses featured on

Commitment from 1-5 institutions to conduct social web workshops

Hashtag evaluation
We would like to see editors embedding responsible travel tips on this wiki
We would like to encourage and catalyze collaboration and networking at the local (city, country) and global levels
We would like to see specific tips for locals and visitors
We would like to see guidelines for policymakers
We would like to see information about responsible travel translated into other languages (those interested are cordially invited to use this wiki)
We would like to see examples of curation using social web
To encourage social bridging we would like to see examples of Photo Safaris, Soundwalks, Foamboards and Pop-up Museums



Country Contest

Go to our Ranker page to vote on our Country Bragging Rights contest. #countrycontest

What countries would you like to see featured during Responsible Travel Week? Here's our Jan 11 Snapshot in order of popularity: Tajikstan, Ireland, Costa Rica, Vietnam, India, England, Scotland, Australia, Ecuador, Mexico, USA


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Questions to be asked

Q. Do official city or country tourism portals have info about 'responsible travel'?
Q. How is 'Responsible Travel Week' translated in other languages?
Q. What's on your audio playlist for those passionate about travel and conservation?
Q. By what measures should we judge a country's success in tourism: Economic? Social? Environmental?
Q. What do you love about responsible travel?
Q. What did you enjoy about Responsible Travel Week?

Poster Challenge

Gallery - Search

We challenge participants to make their own fan art for RT Week. Use your own images and add 'Responsible Travel Week' and '#rtweek16.' Posters can be in any language, just remember to include the hashtag.

Please upload to the Google+ and on the Facebook event page. Also recommended: posting on Flickr with Creative Commons attribution-share alike license. Please tag the image #rtweek16! We'll embed our Flickr favorites below.

How to make a poster? From paper and cardboard (just take a photo and digitize the results) to electronic software. We use Powerpoint for the official presentation and then save individual pages as artwork jpgs. Bonus points if you include the logos for the social web channels you'll be using.

INFOGRAFIA Recomendaciones: Turismo Responsable

Buzzword Bingo

(Nerdy fun: Bonus points if you include the following words in your blog posts and tweets!)

2016 - Access - Accommodation - Adventures - Agency - Allies - Ambivert - App - Appointment - Aquarium - Architecture - Artful Reveal - Aspirational - Aviation - Awkward - Balance - Biodiversity - Bog - Bragging Rights - Budget - Bufanda - Bums on Seats - Campfire - Canned Hunting - Carbon - Caring - Chinese New Year - Chocolate - Chromecast - Cities - Collaboration - Collision - Comfort Zone - Commitment - Compartmentalize - Conference - Conscious - Conservation - Contract - Conversation - COP21 - Core Skills - Crafts - Create - Creative Commons - Curiosity - Cycling - Cymunedau - Dark Sky - Decluttering - Definitions - Digital Assets - Digitize - Discoverable - Desire Path - DIY - Dog Park - Dogs - Drone - E-Book - Elementary School - Empathy - Empathy Museum - Energy - Engagement - Epic - Escape - Ethics - Events - Evergreen - Extrovert - Fact or Fiction? - Family - February - First Draft - Flash Mob - Fluency - Focus - Folk Art - Free - Friends - Frozen - Future - Gaming - Google Doc - Green Drinks - Green Light - Guest - Guelaguetza - Guest List - Hack - Hackathon - Hair Dryer - Hangout - Health - Healthy People, Healthy Park - Heart - Holá - Homestay - Hope - Host - Hymnal - Impact - Inclusive - Indigenous - Inspire - Intermediary - Introvert - Inventory - Invite - Intuitive - Joy - Labrynth - Learning - Leaving Only Footsteps - Library Card - Lifehack - Like - Lion Petting - Lions - Listen - Little Sydney - Livestreaming - Local Travel Movement - Locals - Mainstream - Mainstreaming - Map - Mindfulness - Mob - Multigenerational - Museum - Nature - Networking - Net Zero City - Node - Notebook - Offset - Open Access - Old School - Open Space Technology - Operations Manual - Optimistic Geography - Ordinary - Chaos - Orphanage - Outbounding - Outcomes - Outrospection - Outlier - Park - Partnership - Peak Empathy - People - Plastic - Paper Park - Paper Orphan - Platinum Rule - Play - Playlist - Pocket Park - Podcast - Popup Museum - povertyporn - Public Transportation - Puzzle - Read Write Culture - Recap - Remix - Repurposed - Reset Your Password - Responsibility - Reindeer - Retro - Retweet - Reveal - Revolution - Ripple - River - Road Map - Road Trip - Rolodex - Router - Satellite Event - Scouting Trip - Self Image - Serious - Shipping Container - Shoebox Archive - Skills - Silo - Simple - Slow - Snow - Soundwalk - Spirituality - Sports - Spring Cleaning - Stammtisch - Stars - Start-Up - Story - Syllabus - Teaching - Te Matatini - Technical - Testimonial - Think of what you're teaching - Ticking the Boxes - Timestamp - Top 10 - Tradition - Transition - Transparency - Transportation - Trees - Twitterstorm - Umbrella - University - Unwind - Upvote - Valentine - Video - Video or it didn't happen - Viewing Party - Vine - Virtual Tour - Voice - Volunteer - Voluntold - Walk - Warts and All - Was Anything Left Unsaid? - Water - Watering Hole - We Story - Weather - Weavings - Well-Being - Whakatauki (Maori Proverb) - Who's Who - WIIFM - Wiki - Wildlife - Wildlife Crime - Wordcloud - Workaround - World Crafts - World Wildlife Day - WOTY - You shouldn't have to be asked - Zapovednik, 10,000 Hours

Also see:


Ranker: Responsible Travel Leaders

Responsible Travel Week continues our competition focusing on the countries which are responsible travel leaders.
Winner(s) receive bragging rights!
Go to our Ranker page to vote:

Responsible Travel Buzz: Toward a Top 10

Which countries are receiving the most 'buzz' during 2016's Responsible Travel Week? Here's our assessment based on the number of local events, #rtweek16 tweets and other social web innovations that inspire all of us toward responsible travel:
Costa Rica
South Africa
United States of America

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