What impact have you had on your clients and the tourism sector?
We want to bring up the community of socially responsible entrepreneurs who are leading their activities and important social projects worldwide and also who are able to travel all over the world even being young. We divide special attention to tourism and travel sector in our Union as we believe that every person being socially responsible himself can bring and inspire by this the other people and communities while travelling. We are developing several projects with unique conceptions currently that aim to give the opportunity to young people to explore new countries, cultures and languages and with aim to bring positive change. We will implement GeoTourism conception to all our travel projects to value and enhance environment, heritage and culture of native population. We plan also initiate travel projects that develop and bring knowledge to local communities.
There will be the following steps in the project: 1. We will announce the start of the project and make eConferences on the GeoTourism conception. 2. We will select participants from different countries to participate in Youth in GeoTourism 2011 in Morocco. 3. We will agree with hotels to host changemakers. 4. Realization of project: Participants will make entertaining and at the same time educating activities for the tourists in the hotel and in nearby shores. 5. Together we will attract media and the public attention to existing problems and possibility to solve them on the level of personal responsibility. 6. Participants will upload photos and videos to the site of the project to show the change to international public and inspire new changemakers to take part in the next editions of the project.
We expect the following results: 1. Popularization of GeoTourism among large number of people worldwide (we will track the number of people on every eConference). 2. Establish nice relationships between country members and their collaboration – several people from different countries benefit for the positive change in Morocco. 3. Involving companies (partners) and hotels to support GeoTourism. 4. Receiving positive feedback from all parties upon project realization: participants, hosting hotels, partner companies and organizations. 5. Having several interview and broadcasts of the project in media. 6. Obtaining long-term impact after realization – by promoting the project site showing real changes possible for everyone to make to international public.
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
Second year of project realization: Realizing the project in different coastal cities in Morocco – interested participants will themselves contact planned hosting hotels, present the conception of GeoTourism and agree on their participation / after our guidance + catching attention of lots of people all over the world to GeoTourism by project web site, conferences, etc. Third year of project realization – Going Global: creating community of people who support the conception of project worldwide and creating initiative groups to realize the project in different countries of the world.
What would prevent your project from being a success?
Unexpected geo or political conditions in the region that belong to the category of force-major such as natural cataclysms, war or weapon conflicts, terrorist attack, etc. We also need certain support such as coaching, help with development better detailed conception, promotion, etc as we do not have enough experience in this sphere and Youth in GeoTourism project was inspired by the current challenge when we first get in touch with the topic , realized its importance and become passionate to make a change. As our main change force are people themselves there is the risk not to have enough supporters, but we hope to prevent it with our work and enthusiasm.