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Ron Mader is a recognized american leader and communication catalyst. Since 1998 Ron's professional work has focused on the broad movement toward ecotourism and responsible travel. He founded Planeta.com, the award-winning website, in 1994 as the Web's first specialty, ecotourism-focused website. Based in Oaxaca, México, Ron hosts a discussion series and an annual tourism fair held since 2001. Working with friends and colleagues in Mexico, Ron has developed a number of innovative events including Web workshops for artesanos, chocolate treasure hunts, photo safaris, tree walks and rugby tournaments. Ron earned a bachelor's degree in communication (1987) from Indiana University and a master's degree (1990) from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Ron has received many awards, including recognition from the Mexican government for exemplary tourism coverage. Presidents Fox and Zedillo presented Ron with the Lente de Plata Award in 1999 and 2002. American Environmental Leaders (2008) includes a profile of Ron for his work in environmental journalism and community activism. In 2010 he won the Innovation Awards presented by the International Ecotourism Society Ron is active on the lecture/conference circuit, having been a presenter at the World Ecotourism Summit (2002), the Mexico Ecotourism Conference (2003), the Aboriginal Australia Tourism Conference (2007) Ecotourism New Zealand Conference (2007), Belize Responsible Tourism Conference (2009), Estonia's European Ecotourism Conference (2010) and Responsible Tourism in Cities (South Africa, 2011). Ron developed the award-winning Planeta.com in 1994 as a reporter's notebook. Planeta pioneered online reporting focusing on practical ecotourism around the globe. The award-winning site provides free access to articles and resource guides for travelers, researchers and policy-makers. The site has won awards from major magazines and national governments. Ron's work catalyzes action toward environmental conservation, responsible travel and peacemaking. His presentations use social media and he documents his trips on Planeta.com as well as Facebook, Flickr, Posterous, Twitter and YouTube. Ron is also the responsible travel contributing editor for the U.S.-based Transitions Abroad.

Favorite Podcast of the Week: Trumpaggedon #MexicoExplained

by Ron Mader

From one of the new favorite podcasts of the year comes the must-listen podcast of the week: Trumpaggedon (you can listen online linkis.com).

This week the Mexico Explained pod crew sit in their virtual studio to discuss the post real world of a Trump election victory that has changed the present and the future of Mexico almost as much as it has changed the United States. This episode looks at possible impacts and searches in vain for signs of optimism as the president elect names his cabinet.

And if you enjoy Mexico Explained as much as I do, follow the host  @jonjo66 and guests @TomBuckley519 @luisantespino on Twitter.

Mexico Explained

NAFTA Boat

Toward foodie tourism routes and appreciation of intangible cultural heritage in México: Gastronomía Mexicana 2016

by Ron Mader

On the road toward the World Forum on Mexican Gastronomy, aka el Foro Mundial de la Gastronomía Mexicana (FMGM), November 24-27 in Mexico City.

Key Links

http://www.ccgm.mx/ccgm
@FMGM15

More on the Planeta Wiki

Mexican Bazaar in West Sussex

West Sussex … soon to be world famous for this weekend’s bazaar featuring UK and Mexican artists, friends including Boris Spider, Demian Flores and Hilary Simon.

The Cultural Exchange between Mexico and the UK takes place October 23 from 4-7pm at West Dean College.

If you know details, please share in the comments!

– Ron Mader

On a sidenote, I’m curating list of the Twitterati with a UK-Mexico connection, starting with  @DemianFlores @NeilPyatt @stevebridger …

Cultural exchange between Mexico and the UK: 23 October, 4-7pm West Dean College Mexican Bazaar @DemianFlores @NeilPyatt @stevebridger

 

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Hilary y BorisHilary visiting Boris in Taller La Araña, 2008 

Hacking #Tianguis2015

by Ron Mader

The Tianguis Turistíco has begun in Mexico, the first time in Acapulco for many years. In 2015 the event promises to transmit press conferences via livestreaming video. Will there be access to presentations and press releases? What will will learn from this year’s event? What will we learn about the local host state, Guerrero?

For those hacking the event, use the Twitter hashtag #Tianguis2015 and let us know what we should pay attention.

I have fond memories of attending Mexico’s Tianguis Turistico, twice when I won the ‘Lente de Plata’ award for Planeta, but in more recent years I have found the Tianguis, like most travel trade shows, needs re-imagining. Compare and contrast:
itb (germany)
indaba (durban, south africa)
tianguis turistico (mexico)
trenz (new zealand)
wtm (london, england)

What do I find wrong with these events? Honestly, I see very few local voices articulated and amplified. We hear more from the ministers and consultants than from the business owners, the guides, the artisans and other locals who stand to benefit from tourism.

As I point out in Mexico Now, the tourism sector is undergoing a transformation that connects locals and visitors as never before. These are the stories we want and need to hear. If tourism trade shows are not delivering, we need to find a way to hack the events to put the spotlight on locals.


What we need from México #mexiconow

Buzzword Bingo: Hack

Additional comments online Outbounding

Guelaguetza(s) 2014

by Ron Mader

The Guelaguetza is one of Mexico’s premier celebrations of dance and music and has roots that date back to ancient times and in the “dance” genre since 1932. Also known as Lunes del Cerro (“Mondays of the Hill”), this is the largest folklore festival in the Americas.

2014 celebrations are scheduled July 21 and 28.


Dates for Guelaguetza 2014: July 21 and 28 #rtyear14