Posted by deborahmclaren on August 10, 2010
Ron Mader, host of http://www.planeta.com – the largest ecotourism website in the world – is also hosting the Marketing Indigenous Tourism / Biodiversity Workshop: New Information and Web-based Technologies which takes place September 11 from 8am-5pm at the Hilton Portland. Upgrade your core skills and join the conversation about the conservation of cultural and environmental diversity with trusted colleagues around the world. If you cannot attend in person, we will find ways for you to connect online.
This event features the winners and finalists of the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award including TIME Unlimited Tours, Nutti Sami Siida, Te Urewera Treks and Chalalan Ecolodge. Participants will get a hand’s on experience of using Web 2.0 channels for immediate and inexpensive communication, including genuine conversation, business networking and guerrilla marketing.
This workshop is facilitated by Ron Mader who will guide participants through training modules and games designed to build trust and understanding.
If you cannot join us in person, share your insights and questions via Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube.
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Posted by deborahmclaren on December 27, 2009
The Climate Change talks in Copenhagen were disappointing… and while the mainstream travel industry continues to greatly contribute to global warming the REAL change is, of course, being made by the people who have consistently been the best care takers and conservationists of Mother Earth – our Indigenous brothers and sisters.
The 2010 Award for the best Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website, is a collaborative effort between Planeta.com and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity/UNEP (CBD) with the support of the Heidehof Foundation to showcase best practices in web-based technologies helping indigenous people manage tourism in a biodiversity-friendly way. The award is presented to indigenous tourism operations for websites that promotes sustainable practices and educates visitors on cultural protocols and biodiversity conservation.
A good slideshare description, posted by Ron Mader (host of Planeta.com) is available at ITBW2010 and the ITBW2010 wiki.
So far, the nominees include:
Bicicletas Pedro Martinez is a Zapotec-owned biking company in Oaxaca, Mexico. Pedro prides his operation on respecting indigenous peoples and the incredibly rich ecosystems.
Brambuk the National Park & Cultural Centre introduces visitors to the Grampians National Park (Gariwerd) in Victoria, Australia.
Chitral Association for Mountain Area Tourism (CAMAT) in Pakistan is owned and operated by the indigenous Kho, Wakhi and Kalash communities.
Chalalan Ecolodge is the most successful effort made by indigenous people in Bolivia and is 100% run and owned by our indigenous community.
Hospitality Kyrgyzstan, is an umbrella association uniting 18 diverse destination communities with more than 350 families in Kyrgyzstan.
Kakadu Culture Camp is owned and operated by Fred and Jenny Hunter, Aboriginal people from Australia’s Kakadu National Park. They live out bush (live in a tent) for eight months to operate the culture camp in the ‘tourist’ season, and work as park rangers in the ‘wet’ season.
Nutti Sami Sii in Sweden features reindeer sled trips, which is a way to preserve knowledge. Owners Nils Torbjörn Nutti and Carina Pingi are both Sami. Nils is a reindeer herder in Saarivuoma Sameby and Carina has her reindeer in Gabna Sameby.
Pathways Hotel in Micronesia promotes sustainable tourism through conservation efforts, environmental awareness, community assistance and marine management activities.
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Canada is the only Cultural Centre in the world that shares the cultures of two distinct indigenous cultures in a visionary partnership on shared traditional territories. The Centre is staffed by Aboriginal Youth Ambassadors from both Nations.
In New Zealand, Taiamai Tours was founded by Ngati Hineira – Te uri Taniwha descendant Hone Mihaka of Ohaeawai Kaikohe in 2001. Our ancient customary practices of kaitiakitanga [guardianship] and manaakitanga [hosting people] connects us to our unique ancestral living landscapes in the Bay of Islands and the wider region of Northland.
Terenga Paraoa Tours highlights the traditional customs – Maori tikanga – in tours based in Whangarei, Northland New Zealand.
TIME Unlimited NZ Tours and Travel provides unique and high quality Auckland and Maori Cultural Tours in New Zealand.
Te Urewera Treks strives to operate in a sustainable manner in accord with Maori principles and values.
Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park showcases indigenous culture of the Tjapukai people, featuring theatrical performances and interactive activities in Far North Queensland, Australia.
Xe Pian National Protected Are features tours and accommodation 100% owned and managed by local communities in Xe Pian NPA, southern Lao PDR.
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Posted by deborahmclaren on October 2, 2009
Working as a consultant to implement and expand the Regional Flavor Strategy at White Earth Indian Reservation and nearby area. Coordinated a meeting Sept 10th that brought together the 6 RF pilot projects with government, nonprofit, tribe and entreprenuers in West Central Minnesota. Working to build small, sustainable businesses (microenterprise) around heritage, culture, arts, foods, and tourism. Look for info at RFCircle.
Other RF participants and interested folks from W. Central Minnesota encouraged to join!
From the AEO website:
Microenterprise Development is a pathway to business ownership for underserved entrepreneurs that generates income, builds assets and supports local economies in creating employment. Most microenterprise development programs provide core services including business training and technical assistance, and access to capital. Other services may include access to markets and technology training.
Why Regional Flavor?
As many rural communities experience a ‘loss of power’ in their traditional economic engines (manufacturing, resource extraction, etc), this project offers new hope and opportunity. Utilizing collaborative efforts to implement a mix of rural economic development strategies that incorporate microenterprise development, regional tourism, cultural and historic assets, and agricultural product development, the Regional Flavor approach supports these entities and entrepreneurs in working together to rethink, redefine, and rebrand themselves and their regions.
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Posted by deborahmclaren on September 14, 2009
Janice Chilton, chef at the Minwanijige Cafe at White Earth (Minnesota) presented a beautiful and delicious dinner for Regional Flavor participants from around the US last week. Participants traveled from America’s Grape Heritage center in NY/PA, the Arkansas Delta, south central Colorado, the Ohio Appalachia, and the “Grow Nebraska” project to learn more about our efforts here to combine economic development and support for microenterprises connected to regional foods, culture, heritage, arts, and tourism.
Janice prepared a late summer salad of veggies and greens from country gardens at White Earth. Toasted pine nuts and raspberry vinegrette provided a light, flavorful and earthy topping.
We feasted on braised pork, creamy new potatoes, wild rice and mushrooms, baked pumpkin and homemade wheat/butter bread. Janice served mini caramel and cream pies and locally harvested and hand-made maple syrup candies. Richwood Winery, the newest vintner in Minnesota, provided the wines.
Ojibwe singer Annie Humphrey played guitar as the sun set behind her over the White Earth forest. You can find out more about Annie at http://www.myspace.com/anniehumphrey
Musician Annie Humphrey
Over the years her songwriting has focused on a specific theme with a message to “Be brave and have a good journey.” Her haunting song “Beautiful Son” is still in my heart and my mind.
The Minwanjige Cafe is located at 33287 County Rd. 34, Ogema, MN 56569. It is at the intersection of 34 and 143, across from Strawberry Lake Store. (218)-983-3834
The Slow Foods Dinner topped off a 3-day program that included touring White Earth and West Central Minnesota, and a regional meeting held Sept 10th at MapleLag Resort that brought together enterprenuers and economic leaders in the region. The “Regional Flavor Circle” in Minnesota will continue to work to support the growth of sustainable entreprenuers in a geographic circle that includes the village of Mahnomen and Itasca State Park (headwaters of the Mississippi River) on the north and the villages of Fergus Falls and Wadena along the south. A Regional Flavor Entreprenuer office will be set up at M State in Detroit Lakes, MN. Contact Juanita Lindsay at CherokeeUpNorth@gmail.com or myself for more information – especially if you are interested in being part of the Regional Flavor Circle.
Posted in Buy-local, ecotour, entreprenuers, green travel, microenterprise, Minnesota, Native tourism, Slow Foods, sustainable tourism | Tagged: Annie Humphrey, green travel, Janice Chilton, Locally-owned, microenterprise, Minwanjige Cafe, regional economic development, Regional Flavor, Slow Foods, White Earth, White Earth Indian Reservation | 2 Comments »
Posted by deborahmclaren on January 21, 2009
Planeta Update – Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award
The nominees are:
The Great Spirit Circle Trail
Huit Huit Tours
It’s Wild! Bush Camps
Kapawi Amazon Ecolodge
Magic Mara Safaris
Nguna – Pele Marine Protected Area
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park
Voting is now open for the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website
Award! Details – http://planeta.wikispaces.com/itbw
This initiative is the result of a collaborative effort between Planeta.com and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to showcase best practices in web-based technologies helping indigenous people manage tourism in a biodiversity-friendly way. Voting takes place January 20 – February 20, 2009.
The award is presented to indigenous tourism websites that promote
sustainable practices and educate visitors on cultural protocols and
biodiversity conservation. Nominees include indigenous owned and operated tourism
businesses around the world. See the wiki —
http://planeta.wikispaces.com/itbw — for the descriptions of the operations with
links to highlights and Web 2.0 tools.
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Posted by deborahmclaren on December 4, 2008
STEP 1: Nominating Websites
Anyone can nominate an indigenous sustainable tourism website, simply fill the application form. We would like to hear from ILCs who have lessons to share on how their websites promote ecotourism, biodiversity and sustainable tourism. Eco travelers who have found helpful websites may also nominate their favorite site. Nominations will be accepted until Tuesday, December 30, 2008.
STEP 2: Choosing nominees
The application asks what information the website includes, particularly the practical information for travelers about indigenous ecotourism, sustainable practices and biodiversity. For example, we ask whether the site includes details about the communities’ traditions, protected areas and practical details. Does the site include exterior links to local ILC businesses and conservation groups? Does the site highlight indigenous or aboriginal tourism options?
The best sites will be asked if they are willing to be reviewed in this process. Nominees will be asked to include a link to the ITBW Award and the logo on their website.
STEP 3: Voting
Voting takes place from January 20-February 28, 2009. The decision of the judging panel and popular vote will be final.
STEP 4: Announcing the winner
The winner of the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award will be announced on line and showcased at a significant international tourism event in early 2009.
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Posted by deborahmclaren on November 24, 2008
Planeta.com and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity are collaborating to showcase best practices in web-based technologies helping indigenous people manage tourism in a biodiversity-friendly way. Indigenous tourism websites that promote sustainable practices and educate visitors on cultural protocols and biodiversity conservation are eligible to win Planeta.com’s Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website (ITBW) Award. Nominees include indigenous owned and operated tourism businesses around the world.
The Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award has been designed in partnership with the United Nations Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) to motivate indigenous tourism operators and associations to improve their online communication and to highlight the best practices of indigenous and local communities (ILCs).
Nominations will be accepted until December 12, 2008. Voting takes place in January 2009.
For more information go to:
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