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ANDERSON SCHOOLS HOST INTERNATIONALLY-KNOWN ECOTOURISM SPEAKER

September 23, 2002

ALBUQUERQUE - The Robert O. Anderson Schools of Management at The University of New Mexico will host two seminars presented by Ron Mader of Planeta.com.

The first, entitled "Ecological and Cultural Impacts of Tourism," will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2002, from 8 - 9:15 am in Room 1016 at The Anderson Schools. Reservations are not required. Mr. Mader will address the need for better management of the ecological and cultural impact of the 625 million tourists who travel internationally each year. His unique, first-hand experiences in Mexico give him significant insights on the positive and negative impacts of tourism and how to approach them.

The second seminar, "How to Set Up and Manage an Online Conference," will be held on Friday, September 27, 2002, from 9 am - Noon in the Computer Classroom at The Anderson Schools. Reservations are required. Online conferencing is especially useful in New Mexico, where distance sometimes makes it difficult to bring people together for board meetings or conventions. This hands-on workshop will teach participants how to successfully create their own online conferences and forums.

Ron Mader, who hails from Oaxaca, Mexico, is the web host of Planeta.com, one of the first Internet sites devoted to ecotourism. Mr. Mader has received numerous awards for his pioneering work, including the Mexican Government's "Lente de Plata." In 2002, Ron hosted the Sustainable Development of Ecotourism web conference organized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Tourism Organization as a preparatory event held before the World Ecotourism Summit.

These seminars are free and open to the public. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Professor Eddie Dry at (505) 277-3403 or edry@unm.edu.

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The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit www.mgt.unm.edu, email info@mgt.unm.edu, or call (505) 277-6471.

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