Geotourism Challenge 2009: Power of Place - Sustaining the Future of Destinations

Join our search for the most innovative examples of geotourism around the globe. Enter by the extended deadline May 25, 2009.

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.

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The three finalists that receive the most votes, will each receive a cash prize of US$5,000.