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Friends of geotourism: Ron Mader

Written by admin on February 12th, 2009. Posted in Geotourism

Ron Mader

Ron Mader

You can’t go to any tourism conference, especially ecotourism conference in Mexico – or, for that matter, anywhere else in the world where they’re talking about ecotourism, without bumping into Ron Mader.
Ron’s been promoting ecotourism since at least 1994 when he started his website Planeta.com
Ron’s spoken at innumerable conferences, hosts online e-conferences and hosts an award for indigenous tourism websites.
Ron’s latest website contest can be found here http://planeta.wikispaces.com/itbw
Anyone can vote for their favorite nominee for this year’s Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award. The winning website gets little more than bragging rights but thanks to the competition, more folks will know about 15 indigenous tour operators and destinations than they might not have otherwise discovered.
I can’t remember if I met Ron in Mexico or Venezuela or both. As I alluded to above, he’s ubiquitous. The great thing about Ron is his consistency and unwavering passion for promoting ecotourism.
Author or co-author of travel guides for Mexico and Honduras as well as well as a guide to traveling, studying and living overseas, Ron’s website says he’s currently editing a seminal essay titled “Toward Effective Communication in Responsible Travel and Ecotourism.”
I look forward to crossing paths again with Ron in some sweet little village in Mexico. Until that day, I’ll have to settle for following him on Twitter, @RonMader.