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  • Laurel Neylon
    Dear Megan, With all due respect, what is the value proposition? And what are the expenses relative to an online forum? Laurel Neylon
    Message 1 of 4 , Jun 2, 2005
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      Dear Megan,

      With all due respect, what is the value proposition?
      And what are the expenses relative to an online forum?

      Laurel Neylon


      >From: Megan Epler Wood <megan@...>
      >Date: Thu Jun 02 15:03:45 CDT 2005
      >To: green-travel@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [green-travel] Emerging Industry E-Forum November 2005

      >Dear Green Travel,
      >ANNOUNCEMENT
      >
      >Ecotourism Industry E-Forum to Discuss Small/Medium Enterprise Needs
      >
      >http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/tour/emerging.html
      >
    • Megan Epler Wood
      Dear Green Travel, ANNOUNCEMENT Ecotourism Industry E-Forum to Discuss Small/Medium Enterprise Needs http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/tour/emerging.html
      Message 2 of 4 , Jun 2, 2005
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        Dear Green Travel,
        ANNOUNCEMENT

        Ecotourism Industry E-Forum to Discuss Small/Medium Enterprise Needs

        http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/tour/emerging.html


        Planeta.com and EplerWood International announce the dates for the 2005
        Ecotourism Emerging Industry Forum will be November 1-18, 2005.

        This innovative online forum is designed to provide professionally moderated,
        up-to-date results on small and medium enterprise (SME) priorities for
        funding and investment decisions for sustainable tourism in developing
        countries.

        ABOUT THE FORUM

        The Ecotourism Emerging Industry Forum will facilitate the participation of
        key business, finance, and market players worldwide to discuss the needs of
        their industry. Moderators will be selected with experience and
        understanding of business goals and objectives.

        Planeta.com and EplerWood International will prepare final results with a
        small editorial board to be announced. The results will be delivered to all
        of the development agencies via personal correspondence and meetings with
        the key individuals involved in donor policy development.

        Discussions are actively taking place with key international donors and
        their involvement in this process is already assured with details presently
        being arranged. Sponsorship information is available on request from EplerWood International.

        CONTACT INFORMATION

        Megan Epler Wood
        Epler Wood Interational
        Burlington, Vermont
        (802) 865-3351
        megan@...

        Ron Mader
        Planeta.com
        Oaxaca, Mexico
        (52) (951) 513-4714
        editor@...


        COMMITMENT

        The following businesses and organizations have pledged $100 of support
        toward the upcoming forum.

        Rod Bilz, FRi Ecological Services, Canada
        Stefano Cheli, Cheli & Peacock, Kenya
        Lisa Choegyal, Tourism Resource Consultants, Nepal & New Zealand
        Jeanine Corvetto, Andean Rainforest Expedtions, United States
        George Duffy, Worldwide Ecolodges, Canada
        Malia Everette, Global Exchange, United States
        Verena Gerber, Hotel Eco-Paraiso, Mexico
        Kurt Holle, Rainforest Expeditions, Peru
        Emilio Kifuri, Canyon Travel, Mexico
        Michelle Kirby and Andres Hammerman, Black Sheep Inn, Ecuador
        Javier Lopez, Cascada Expediciones, Chile
        Brian Morgan, Adventure Life Journeys, United States
        Jennifer Morris, Verde Ventures/Conservation International, United States
        Rodolfo Olmedo, Eccosports, Mexico
        Mike Robbins, The Tourism Company, Canada
        Noah Shepherd Consultancy, Thailand
        Keith Sproule, K.W. Sproule Consulting, United States and Saudi Arabia
        Jan Wigsten, Nomadic Journeys, Sweden & Mongolia

        Any business interested in participating may pledge $100 at this time.
        (Please confirm with Ron Mader, contact info above)

        Final payment on pledges will be due in October via a pre-announced payment
        process.

        Listeners, who do not seek to make comment, will be welcomed for free.

        Guidelines will be set in advance and moderators will actively monitor the
        discussion process. Because SMEs working in tourism so infrequently have the
        opportunity to have dialogue directly with donors on their priorities, all
        those participating will be asked to give businesses priority in the
        dialogue process.


        CAPABILITIES

        Planeta.com is the first website focusing on ecotourism and sustainable
        travel. Created in 1994, the site has more than 10,000 pages and has
        garnered numerous awards, including honors from the Mexican government and
        groups including Conservation International and the Council of Latin
        American Geographers. Website founder Ron Mader is known for his pioneering
        work in developing online events, including a 2002 dialogue commissioned for
        the World Ecotourism Summit. Other conferences hosted by Planeta include
        Financing Sustainable Tourism (2002), Ethical Marketing of Ecotourism (2003)
        and Ecotourism Certification Workshop (2000-2003). Ron Mader is the author
        of two books and is the Latin America correspondent for Transitions Abroad
        magazine. He consults with the Washington, DC-based Development Gateway in a
        survey of e-commerce and the sale of arts and crafts in the developing
        world. Among his clients are more than 30 travel businesses featured in
        Planeta\'s World Travel Directory.

        EplerWood International is a private consulting firm specializing in
        business, market analysis, product development, planning, training and
        marketing of ecotourism and sustainable tourism. This firm, founded in 2003,
        has performed ecotourism and sustainable tourism analysis for the World Bank
        and USAID projects. Megan Epler Wood, the founder and former president of
        The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), has specialized in donor
        policies and how they affect and influence ecotourism business for over 10
        years. She successfully oversaw the organization of two TIES donor forums in
        cooperation with The George Washington University, Inter-American
        Development Bank, Conservation International, and World Resources Institute
        among others in the 1990s which offered the perspectives of the private
        sector to donor representatives from around the world.



        FORUM TOPICS

        Developing Infrastructure for Sustainable Tourism
        1. Roadways, airstrips, rural infrastructure, sewage, water, and energy
        issues

        Finance for SMEs\' Needs
        1. SME finance needs

        Microenterprise Development Needs
        1. Micro enterprise development needs

        Market Development Needs
        1. Internet marketing
        2. Cooperative marketing
        3. Event marketing
        4. Destination marketing
        5. Local marketing

        Triple Bottom Line Business Structures & Strategies
        1. Evaluation of technical assistance needs
        2. Community agreements and development approaches
        3. Developing community business programs
        4. Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) agreements
        5. Triple Bottom Line benchmarking and monitoring - costs and approaches
        6. Philanthropy

        Interpretive Program Development
        1. Guide training programs
        2. Management of visitors in sensitive ecosystems
        3. Development of programs in cooperation with local communities
        4. Discussion of sensitive cross cultural interactions


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        Ecotourism Emerging Industry Forum

        http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/tour/emerging.html

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        http://www.planeta.com



        Sincerely,
        Megan Epler Wood
        EplerWood Report
        www.eplerwood.com
      • Editor, Planeta.com
        REFERENCES Photo Gallery - Ecotourism Emerging Industry Forum http://www.flickr.com/photos/planeta/sets/522624/show Ecotourism Emerging Industry Forum
        Message 3 of 4 , Jul 21, 2005
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          REFERENCES

          Photo Gallery - Ecotourism Emerging Industry Forum
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/planeta/sets/522624/show

          Ecotourism Emerging Industry Forum
          >> http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/tour/emerging.html
        • Editor, Planeta.com
          The Ecotourism Emerging Industry Forum has begun. More than 100 people have registered for this innovative online forum, designed to provide professionally
          Message 4 of 4 , Nov 2, 2005
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            The Ecotourism Emerging Industry Forum has begun. More than 100 people
            have registered for this innovative online forum, designed to provide
            professionally moderated, up-to-date results on small and medium enterprise
            (SME) priorities for funding and investment decisions for sustainable tourism
            in developing countries.
            http://www.planeta.com/ecotravel/tour/emerging.html
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