Government websites that spotlight ecotourism and responsible travel are eligible to win Planeta.com's 2008 coveted Ecotourism Spotlight Award.
Nominations are accepted February 15-July 1, 2008. Nominees include environmental, tourism and other government portals in three categories: local, national and international institutions.
Voting takes place July 16-September 1. Information collected will help update the Planeta.com website as Planeta adds links.
The award is announced in advance of World Tourism Day (September 27) as way of pointing out best practices.
2008 will be the second year of the Ecotourism Spotlight Award. The first winner was Ecotourism Laos funded by the Laos National Tourism Administration.
Anyone can make a nomination. Ideally Planeta would like to hear from respected local tour operators, community leaders and journalists who are pleased with how their local, regional and national governments are working to develop and promote ecotourism. Eco travelers who have found helpful websites may also nominate their favorite government portal. Those in charge of government sites can also submit their own work. The first stage is to collect as many quality nominees as possible.
The application asks what information the website includes, particularly the practical information for travelers about ecotourism, responsible travel and sustainability. Planeta asks whether the site includes details about local operators, city parks and public transportation. Does the site includes exterior links to local businesses and conservation groups? Does the site highlight indigenous or aboriginal tourism options?
Nominees will be shortlisted and the best sites will be asked if they are willing to participate in the award. Those who wish to be considered as nominees will be asked to include a link to the Ecotourism Spotlight Award and if possible, the logo.
Voting takes place July 16-September 1. Respondents will be asked to review all the sites and choose their favorite. Multiple votes from a singe user will not be permitted.