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
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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 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
- 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Art Santa Fe
11th Annual Art Santa Fe – International galleries mix with U.S. galleries to create a powerful collection of art from around the world featuring hundreds of artists. There is a salon-booth format, artist-styled VIP lounge, grand concourse, lecture series, and numerous cultural and educational events. Santa Fe Convention Center. www.artsantafe.com
Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
This is the largest international folk art market in the world. This annual event connects international cultures as established traditional artists from across the globe come together to display, demonstrate and sell their work. More >
Ecotourism and Sustainable Development
by Martha Honey 2008 Island Press
Ecotourism demands a holistic approach to travel. This text explains the evolution of tourism, gives an overview of how the tourism industry functions, and explains the context for the world travel industry going green. Several international examples of successful ecotourism efforts, along with the connected challenges illustrate ecotourism principles. A framework for sustainability is addressed.
The Business of Ecotourism: The Complete Guide for Nature-Based Tourism Operators
by Carol Patterson 2007 Trafford Publishing
This community-based approach covers the planning process, setting environmental policies in daily operations, assessing impacts, elements of a business plan, marketing, tour More >