This 2009 Geotourism Challenge, sponsored by National Geographic and Ashoka Changemakers, attracted 610 innovative geotourism entries. Check out these destinations from 81 countries that promote natural and cultural heritage while improving the well-being of the local people.
This competition was capped by the second annual Geotourism Change Summit at National Geographic headquarters, showcasing the 10 Geotourism Challenge top finalists. They provide outstanding examples of geotourism, as 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.
Watch for the next Changemakers-National Geographic geotourism competition launching in the summer of 2010.