Ethan Gelber
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Are you connected to the tourism/travel/hospitality industries or travel media in any way? If so, please specify how (kindly include any relevant company names/Web sites!).
* Freelance travel writer/editor/project manager (numerous outlets).
* Lonely Planet author.
* Manager of media and communications for the WHL Group (, the largest local-travel company in the world, as well as editor/writer of The Travel Word (, the travel blog/newsletter of the WHL Group.
* The WHL Group presently includes the following companies:
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+ Urban Adventures (http://www.urbanadventures,com)
+ Green Path Transfers (
+ Lime&Tonic (
+ Gunyah (
+ Geotourism Development Foundation (
+ Local Travel Movement (
On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
Destinations: global - Travel topics: responsible travel (ethical, eco, sustainable etc), local and slow travel, cycle tourism, community-based tourism etc.
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
All, but with a focus on off-the-beaten-track places in emerging-market countries.
Other travel / language expertise?

Ethan Gelber's Blog

Why Local Travel? Because We Can Make a Real Difference

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There is no shortage of niche travel labels out there – ecotourism, responsible travel, sustainable travel, ethical travel, experiential travel, mindful travel, real travel, good travel, pro-poor travel, community-based tourism, local travel etc. I suspect, though, that more than just a few of them are either meaningless or confusing to travel consumers. And we know that some of these labels have lost their potency as a result of unscrupulous entrepreneurs' false…


Posted on April 20, 2013 at 6:46pm — 3 Comments

Get Lost, Go Local!

It’s a personal belief so powerful that I sometimes find it hard not to be preachy. Or to ignore others’ lidded gazes, warily gauging me like I’m a circus barker purveying foul-smelling hair tonic. I really must therefore ask: Can anyone explain why many travellers roll their eyes when asked about the value of local or community-based travel (CBT)?


Is it that we…


Posted on July 1, 2011 at 12:51pm — 2 Comments

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At 1:00pm on July 1, 2011, David Paul Appell said…

Nice to see you back, Ethan!  Did you get the email about our Tripatini tweet-up in NYC July 28?

Hope all is well and that you have a great holiday weekend....

At 6:16pm on September 19, 2009, EnLinea Media said…
Good afternoon, Ethan, and welcome to Go-Lo! It's great to have you with us -- and we think you'll find our site productive as well as interesting and enjoyable.

To get the most out of Go-Lo, you may want to also take a few minutes to join several other of our many groups which you might find of particular interest, such as Media Only, Eco/Sustainable Tourism, The Book Club, Biking/Mountain Biking, Volunteer Vacations, Eating/Drinking the World, New York State, and various others covering many topics and most other destinations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the rest of the world.

FYI, on your profile you'll see a blue bar marked "Text Box," which you can turn into a box containing not just text but also photos and even videos about yourself and your writing (we would of course also be very grateful if you have the opportunity to cover Go-Lo in any of your outlets).

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We wish you the best of luck over the rest of 2009 and beyond, both personally and professionally, and look forward to hearing much more from you...

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