|Asunto:||[GAP] Indigenous Tourism Rights International|
|Fecha:||Lunes, 14 de Junio, 2004 08:03:34 (+0200)|
|Autor:||cecilia rouvrais <cecilain @....fr>
De : agustín guzmán <chavindehuantar@...>
Envoyé : dimanche 13 juin 2004 16:46:09
Ŕ : 4worlds@...
Objet : "rethinking tourism certification" internet conference for
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For Immediate Release: Tourism Rights to host international
"rethinking tourism certification" internet conference for
St. Paul, MN May 25, 2004.
From May 31 through July 2, Indigenous Tourism Rights International
will open a (cyber)space for Indigenous voices to weigh in on
certification. Participants from Indigenous communities,
and tourism businesses will share their experiences, concerns, and
successes with tourism certification while developing a new vision
Over the past decade, international organizations have applied
international certification and labels to everything from
coffee beans to socially responsible ice cream. These experiments
have produced varying results. Ecotourism and sustainable tourism
certification programs have also produced conflicting results.
As international NGOs press ahead with ecotourism certification,
many Indigenous organizations wonder if establishment certification
initiatives will benefit them or lead to their further
and disenfranchisement. Ethical marketing, the development of
standards, and what it means to be Indigenous-owned and operated
be discussed -- all within the framework of Indigenous rights and
"Dialogue across continents," reports Tourism Rights' director,
Deborah McLaren, "will assist Indigenous communities worldwide in
developing an alternative vision for the development and promotion
In addition to speaking to with Indigenous experts and activists,
conference participants will be able to access case studies,
documents, and discuss via internet and e-mail with each other.
hosts include Crescencio Resendiz-Hernandez and Deborah McLaren.
guests include Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (Tebtebba Foundation, the
Philippines); Rodrigo Ruiz (Kaleap, Peru); Beatrice Blake and Anne
(co-authors of New Key to Costa Rica); Kate Robinhawk (Centro
Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico); Luis
Vivanco (University of Vermont); Luciano Minerbi (University of
Hawaii at Manoa); Jennifer Seif and Ada Chan (Fair Trade Tourism
Africa); Rejent Gravel (Ecuador case study) and others. Moderators
Norbert Hohl, Marie-Andree Delisle, and Milo Sybrant. Ron Mader,
www.planeta.com provided technical training and the development of
Indigenous Tourism Rights International, founded in 1995, hosts an
international network of Indigenous communities and organizations
work together on tourism issues, policies, technical assistance, and
education. In 2002, Tourism Rights hosted a groundbreaking global
on Indigenous Tourism in Oaxaca Mexico, which included
from organizations from every corner of the Western Hemisphere. This
meeting was a direct result to the marginalization of Indigenous
and concerns during the prepatory meetings and actual the
Year of Ecotourism celebration in Quebec. As a result the
created the "Oaxaca Declaration," basic guidelines and protocols for
developing tourism in Indigenous territories which was delivered to
World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South
the International Year of Ecotourism Summit in Quebec, Canada.
The online conference will take place in English and Spanish. To
go to www.tourismrights.org and click on "Rethinking Certification
Conference." Indigenous Peoples who have experience, or are
tourism development in their communities are especially encouraged
participate. Those with fair trade experience (agricultural
textiles, etc) are also needed to share their stories.
Join us for another groundbreaking conference, and remember to
Travel First Class: Respect Indigenous Rights!
For more information contact
366 N. Prior Ave., Suite 205
St. Paul, MN 55104 USA
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