Geotourism Challenge

On February 7th I wrote about hotel chains that are stepping up to make a difference in the environment by adding recycling programs and decreasing their usage of water and electricity. Another amazing thing that’s happening around the world right now is Geotourism.

Geotourism is about more than an environmental footprint but also how a hotel or tourist hotspot affects the character, culture and future of the places they reside. National Geographic defines Geotourism as “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.”

I was recently made aware of an amazing contest being sponsored by National Geographic and Ashoka (an organization that helps entrepreneurs in under developed countries). The purpose of the contest is that entrants nominate individuals and organizations that support Geotourism.

You can take part in the contest by:

• Nominating candidates or enter the competition yourself
• Comment on entries in the online discussion throughout the competition. Use the contest forum to help tourism innovators refine and improve their ideas or simply learn more about great organizations to support in your travels
• Vote for three Geotourism Challenge winners from a slate of finalists

As of today, there are 89 entries in 44 countries! To name to a few: the 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking in Nepal; The Centre for Research in Environment in Kenya; and the Arenas del Mar Sustainable Beach Resort in Costa Rica.

You can visit the Geotourism Challenge Contest to read about these amazing organizations or perhaps nominate someone you know

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