. . . to the Destination Stewardship Center beta phase, extending the work of National Geographic’s CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE DESTINATIONS.
If you care about great places, if you care about practicing tourism so as to enhance places and not spoil them, then this new website and blogging platform is for you. We focus on places and the way tourism can help—or hurt—the destinations we visit. This website is constantly growing and evolving, and you are welcome to join in the process.
Our mission: To help protect the world’s distinctive places by supporting wisely managed tourism and enlightened destination stewardship.
A primary tool for doing this is the geotourism approach, defined as:
Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, geology, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.
In addition to a growing Resources directory, this website will offer participants a blogging and news aggregation platform with two related streams of content: A broad focus on Destination Stewardship and a narrow focus on Geotourism news and strategies.
This initiative is not legally affiliated with the National Geographic Society but does continue the work already achieved by the N.G. Center for Sustainable Destinations.