National Geographic Geotourism Program

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Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. Learn about our geotourism map program in partnership with National Geographic.

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National Geographic Geotourism Program

  1. 1. Our Mission: Inspire people to care about the planet
  2. 2. National Geographic Maps Division – National Geographic Maps publishes the world’s best wall maps, outdoor recreation maps, travel maps, atlases, and globes.
  3. 3. Jim Dion, Sustainable Tourism Program Manager jdion@ngs.org Interactive media platforms that promote well managed tourism and wise destination stewardship http://www.natgeomaps.com/geotourism.html
  4. 4. Geotourism - “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place – its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.”
  5. 5. Sightseeing Local cuisine Cultural tourism From eco- to geo- ECOTOURISM: nature Heritage tourism Indigenou s tourism GEOTOURISM AGRI- TOURIS M All place-based types of tourism Manage tourism so that it pays to protect the place, not destroy it.
  6. 6. Telling the story of places - Interactive websites – Community Participation
  7. 7. Identify, Develop, Market and Sustain Authenticity
  8. 8. Micro, Small and Medium Businesses
  9. 9. Engage local stakeholders
  10. 10. U.S. GULF STATES GEOTOURISM PROGRAM
  11. 11. TWO SIDED (MAP AND THEME) GEOTOURISM MAPGUIDE
  12. 12. Tools for visitors: Mobile Geotourism MapGuide
  13. 13. Geotourism Stewardship Councils International: 5 councils in 10 Countries Western Balkans – Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia – Herzogovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, www.westernbalkansgeotourism.travel Douro Valley of Portugal www.discoverdourovalley.com Newfoundland, Canada www.nlgeotourism.com Roatan, Honduras Bocas del Toro, Panama www.gobluecentralamerica.com
  14. 14. National Geotourism Council – 8 Councils in 13 states •Crown of the Continent www.crownofthecontinent.net •Greater Yellowstone www.yellowstonegeotourism.com •Central Cascades www.centralcascades.com •Redwood Coast www.visitredwoodcoast.com •Sierra Nevada www.sierranevadageotourism.org •East Tenn. River Valley www.easttennesseerivervalley.com •Lakes to Locks Passage www.lakestolocksgeotourism.com •Four Corners www.fourcornersgeotourism.com
  15. 15. The Sustainable Tourism Test: Are we sustaining or enhancing the character of our place?

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