Archive for April, 2011

April 2011

Sustainable Tourism Definitions, New Mexico’s Ecotourism Initiative, Del Are Llano: Northern NM Grape Growers Cooperative, The New Mexico Fiber Arts Trails, Heritage and Cultural Tourism in Truchas, Local Cultural Tourism, Sostenga: Benefits/Costs and Authenticity in Cultural Tourism, New Mexico Indian Tourism, Everyday Green: Sustainable Cultural Tourism, Sustainable Tourism Book Profiles, Sustainable Tourism and Development, Santa Fe 2011 – A City of Art Markets, An Interview with Santa Fe City Councilor Rebecca Wurzburger, Healing Arts Tourism, Good News for Green Businesses in the Legislative Session, Faren Dancer’s Green Talk: Our Renewable Future? Newsbites, Prospects and Potential of Agritourism in Northern New More >

Credo of the Peaceful Traveler

Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world and because peace begins with the individual, I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to:

Journey with an open mind and gentle heart

Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter

Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life

Appreciate all cultures I discover

Respect and thank my hosts for their welcome

Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet

Support travel services that share these views and act upon them and,

By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peace

International Institute for Peace Through Tourism

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High Peaks-Deep Roots: Building Community Wealth Through Heritage and Cultural Tourism in Truchas

Seth Roffman

Since last fall, staff of the Cooperative Development Center of New Mexico (CODECE) has been meeting with residents of Truchas to talk about creating several heritage and cultural tourism co-ops wholly-owned and operated by members of the Truchas Land Grant. Residents quickly came up with a name for their tourism co-op: High Peaks-Deep Roots.

CODECE tourism director Mark Willuhn and executive director Arturo Sandoval have met over coffee at kitchen tables, in backyards and in cozy living rooms with residents of Truchas and Córdova over the past several months to learn about local talents, to discuss the idea of cultural More >

Sustainable Tourism Definitions


Sustainable tourism creates economic growth in a manner that does not deplete the natural and built environment, while preserving the culture, history, heritage and arts of the local community.


Cultural tourism involves experiencing or having contact with the unique social fabric, heritage, and special character of places. It is an exchange of information on lifeways, customs, beliefs, values, language, views of the environment, and other cultural resources. The challenge in planning for cultural tourism is to ensure that the exchange takes place as equitably as possible, in a manner seen as appropriate by members of the host More >

Sustainable Cultural Tourism

Susan Guyette

Creating sustainable tourism options in an era of shrinking resources can be viewed as an opportunity. Small-scale linked enterprises, resilient in times of economic fluctuation, support rural areas and traditional cultures, require smaller capital outlay, create a greater number of jobs, and are less expensive to promote. An effective tourism network in New Mexico could create a win/win collaboration between urban and rural communities, providing additional activities and itinerary possibilities. Tourism in rural areas has served as a vital economic resource for creating jobs, often the impetus for preserving rural towns and cultures. The question is, how to consciously More >

Sustainable Tourism and Development: A Catalyst for Sustainable Humanity

Robert Zimmer and Alex Giorgio

As we examine the tremendous progress our planet has witnessed, we see that much of it has been positive. Our technology has produced improved communication and transportation systems that have helped unite the world. In fact, tourism has become a major force in our international economies, lifestyles and understanding of cultural diversity.

With global interdependence on the rise, tourism continues to flourish at an ever-increasing rate. The good news? Tourism, with 11 percent of our planet’s gross product, is the world’s largest industry. What if international tourism, travel and destination were harnessed for both personal and global More >

Benefit/Costs and Authenticity in Cultural Tourism


Camilla Bustamante

The economic and fiscal impact of tourism in New Mexico has long been understood to bring sufficient spending and cash flow activity to be a leading driver in the state economy. Rich with attractions such as White Sands, national forests, and unique cultures, there is much to visit. Economic impact is measured by the flow of spending, including revenues from sales, taxes, income to industry benefactors, and jobs created as a result of the industry. Fiscal impact is the measure of the use of tourism revenue by government to provide infrastructure and support, and includes evaluation of the cost More >

An Interview with Santa Fe City Councilor Rebecca Wurzburger

GFT: What is needed for fresh, new approaches to revitalize Santa Fe’s tourism?

RW: “Visitors want to experience a city, a culture, in an authentic way. The key distinction we’ve made in terms of creative tourism is that you can experience it hands-on. Since the International Creative Cities Conference in 2008 where we presented 50 different creative tourism experiences, we’ve focused, in Santa Fe, on building the infrastructure. By that I mean identifying additional artists who are willing to interact with tourists. We’re now up to over 300 on our website. We have offered training so they’re better able to sit More >

New Mexico’s Ecotourism Initiative

Sustainable Tourism Brings Economic Growth

Seth Roffman

If you consider yourself a seasoned globe-trekker, the word “ecotourism” should conjure images of adventures in exotic destinations like the rain- and cloud forests of Costa Rica or the Mayan ruins of the jungles of the Yucatan. Maybe you’ve explored the Amazon Basin, trekked in the Himalayas, or have been on an African Safari. Or, if you are like most “armchair” ecotourists, you haven’t been to these places yet, but would love to go, someday. Maybe you haven’t thought about New Mexico as an ecotourism destination. Maybe you should think again…

In 2009, the NM Tourism More >

New Mexico Indian Tourism

Tazbah McCullah

Within the past three decades, many New Mexico tribes have made big strides in developing sustainable tourism on their lands and have garnered a reputation for NM as a national leader in tribal tourism. The first tribal tourism association and tribal visitor’s guide were developed here, inspiring tribes across the country.

All 22 tribes in NM continue to hold their land base, languages, cultures and traditions, and are committed to telling their own story in their own words. “New Mexico is one of the few places in the United States where tribes weren’t disenfranchised and sent to another region,” said More >

The New Mexico Fiber Arts Trails

Growing Businesses through Cultural Tourism

Mae Colburn and Carol Cooper

Textiles: we sleep between them, wear them next to our skin, drape them over tables, lay them on the floor, and hang them from curtain rods. We live in, on, and around textiles, but seldom question their origin. The New Mexico Fiber Arts Trails, a creative sector entrepreneurship and cultural tourism initiative developed by New Mexico Arts (a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs), help to chronicle the textile supply chain. The guidebook features three trails, or proposed itineraries, and over sixty fiber arts enterprises, including farms, ranches, workshops, artist studios, More >

Local Cultural Tourism

Joe Sehee

Ecotourism is a term that anyone can love, especially those of us in northern New Mexico working to integrate environmental and economic sustainability. But loving and making viable, I’m discovering, are two very different things.

As part of my work on the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission, I recently took on the responsibility of exploring ways of engaging the local business community. I wanted to do something with a decent chance of success, and felt that a great opportunity might lie in tapping into the growing market of visitors who care about sustainability in the truest sense of the word – More >

My Own Garden: Grow Your Own Food And Connect With “PLACE”

Susan Waterman

Now is the time…spring into action and grow your own food! In our unpredictable world, growing at least some of your own food is the bottom line in establishing food security for households and communities. If the current petroleum-intensive food system industry were to fail, being prepared to have your own food supply, or a locally shared supply, could be lifesaving. Growing some of your own can also provide a deeply satisfying connection with the cycles of Nature and your own “place,” a source of personal grounding.

There are so many apparent reasons to begin to grow food for yourself More >

Healing Arts Tourism: More Reasons to Visit Beautiful, Healthy New Mexico

To Your Health – Dedicated to sustainable health and wellness

Healing Arts Tourism

More reasons to visit beautiful, healthy New Mexico

Dr. Celeste Skardis D.O.M., C.N.L.P, D.Hom

Welcome back dear readers. This month let’s look at some of the deep riches New Mexico has to offer to people from all over the world. (And believe me, we all – locals and tourists alike – are very grateful that they come.)

Okay, let’s think…absolutely gorgeous sunsets filled with golden light, vast vistas that stretch 360˚, dark starry nights, mountains that touch the skies so blue that if you tried to tell someone from the East Coast More >

Faren Dancer’s Green Talk: Our Renewable Future?

Faren Dancer’s Green Talk

Our Renewable Future?

As we move into spring with the promise of renewal we’re reminded of our connection to the Earth, the sustenance it provides and the reminder that by planting, in mind and action, the harvest will eventually end up in our kitchen. During a time when contrasting agendas of the haves and have-nots, the corporations and the people, the right and the left, the old and the renewable, are obscured by vivid images of devastation, we are somehow united by a sense of vulnerability, not too unlike the common enemy provided by the events of 9/11. More >

Green Hospitality

While the hospitality industry is sometimes unfriendly to the environment, that is not always the case. An increasing number of hotels and restaurants are utilizing and promoting green practices. Here are some examples:


– Sensible laundry policies. It is no longer a rarity to find on your hotel bed a sign asking you to reuse your towel and/or to accept having your sheets changed once every three days rather than once a day.

– Low-flow and automatic flush toilets help conserve water.

– Non-toxic cleaning supplies

– Recycling in every area, including cardboard, office paper, newspaper, plastic, toners, light bulbs and cans. Some hotels More >

Good news for Green Businesses in the Legislative Session

Allan Oliver

In a session that was filled with conflict over high-profile political issues like licenses for undocumented workers and voter ID, New Mexicans could be forgiven for wondering what happened to job-creation and support for small business in NM. With 1130 small business members statewide, the New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce is focused on opportunities for small business and for creating the jobs New Mexicans need. For us, there have been three key questions when considering legislation: 1) Does it help local business? 2) Does it keep moving NM toward a clean energy economy? 3) Does it promote greater More >

Eco – Certification

EcoNewMexico is collaborating on an eco-certification program for NM that will be announced soon. This will include best practice guidelines and standards, and promote adherence to these practices by ecotourism enterprises.

The program has been designed to provide immediate recognition and a clear differentiator in the marketplace. Eco-certified means a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, enhancing brand image and reputation, and making a product more attractive to responsible travelers. In the U.S., these people make up 44% of the travel market. They are people who consider environmental impact to be important when planning travel.

The program will have a bottom line methodology designed More >

Del Are Llano – From the Arid Land: Grape Co-op to Provide Local Wineries with Grapes

Juan Estevan Arellano

When people think of ecotourism, Santa Fe and Taos immediately come to mind; yet between these two destinations there are plenty of places to recreate and quench your thirst. There’s rafting and camping in the Río Grande and art tours in the fall, including the Dixon Art Tour, which will be 30 years old this fall.

But the most important developments along the Río Grande between the Española Valley and Taos are its wineries and now a brewery, and recently the organizing of a grape growers co-op that hopes to eventually provide a lot of the grapes needed by More >

Culinary Ecotourism in Las Vegas, New Mexico

Lee Einer

Food is a very local affair throughout much of the world. Many of our most valued foodstuffs are what we might call “foods of place,” unique to specific locales.

Some have gone global.

Parmesan cheese? From the Italian city of Parma, as is Parma ham. Port wine? Shipped from Oporto, Portugal. Kobe beef? It only comes from Japan’s Hyogo prefecture. The litany of great foods from specific locales is virtually endless. Some are available worldwide, but there are many others you will not get to enjoy unless you travel to where they are produced.

In some cases, such foods are limited to More >