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In a world that’s constantly evolving, it’s important to ask big questions about the future of travel and how we’re changing our planet by exploring it en masse. That’s why we asked 13 luminaries in their spheres–from David Byrne and Richard Branson to Pico Iyer and Digital Nomad Andrew Evans–to tackle 13 subjects we think are worth talking about as we count down to 2014.

National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations is hosting its annual summit at headquarters today, and the remarkable winners and finalists of this year’s Geotourism Challenge are taking the stage to give presentations about their innovative approach to tourism. We’ll be reporting back in further detail about the organizations that are featured in today’s event, but…

Geotourism Summit Coming Next Week

The second annual Geotourism Summit will take place at National Geographic headquarters next Tuesday, Feb. 2, as travel leaders, whose businesses range from eco-tours in rural villages to top-line resorts in major cities, gather to share how to best cultivate destination stewardship and sustainable development.  The Summit will showcase the three winners and seven runners-up…

Some good news is coming out of Antarctica this week, as the countries who manage the region are currently in meetings to discuss new controls over the fleets of passenger ships that have been swarming its icy waters. Tourism to the Antarctic has jumped from 10,000 visitors a decade ago to over 45,000 this past…

Geotourism Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Geotourism Challenge! The second annual competition to name outstanding efforts in sustainable tourism, sponsored by National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations and Ashoka’s Changemakers, unearthed a wealth of innovative efforts taking place around the globe. After an intense voting process, the panel of judges today named the three…

Geotourism Challenge 2009

Think you know a great place that is doing its part to help support sustainable tourism? Now’s your chance to give them a spotlight: National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations, in conjunction with Ashoka’s Changemakers, is now accepting nominations and official entries for the second annual Geotourism Challenge. Last year’s challenge was a great success.…

By: Ashley Thompson Listen up, Franco-Canada-philes. Montreal, the first urban center in the world to sign National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations‘ Geotourism Charter, is now accepting nominations for CSD’s next MapGuide endeavor. Now through January 15, the general public is encouraged to participate in creating the Montreal MapGuide, which is set to launch in…

Historic Destinations Rated

(Shh, the Medieval Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic came in at #16.) The results are in… but we wouldn’t want to spoil them for you. Our friends over at the Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations helped us tally up the results of our fifth annual Destinations Rated Survey, and as always, there’s a lot…

Last week, National Geographic was proud to be the host of the first-ever Geotourism Challenge Summit, which took place Oct. 14 and 15 at our headquarters in Washington, DC. The summit brought together winners and finalists of the Geotourism Challenge – a global competition of tourism-related projects that promote natural and cultural heritage while improving…

Three Tremendous Geotourism Winners

We’re extremely proud to announce the winners of the first-ever Geotourism Challenge! National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations and Ashoka’s Changemakers sought out the most innovative, authentic, and successful tourism initiatives from around the world for the contest and received over 320 entries from 83 countries. After a panel of experts winnowed down the field…

We always try to keep tabs on what our neighbors here at National Geographic are doing, and so we’re excited to share what the folks at the Center for Sustainable Destinations are up to next. One of CSD’s many projects is to establish geotourism charters with local communities to help identify, develop, and promote the…

The GeoTourism Challenge: Nominate Now!

Each one of these flags represents a new way of looking at tourism A few months ago we introduced the GeoTourism Challenge, a contest sponsored by National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations and Ashoka’s Changemakers to help seek out the people and places which are using innovative tourism methods to help “sustain, enhance, and preserve…

Crete’s Still Kickin’

Our friends at Gadling recently pointed out that the top-ranking islands on Traveler’s latest Destinations Rated survey (Denmark’s Faroe Islands, Portugal’s Azores, Lofoten in Norway) aren’t very well known or highly visited. That’s certainly true, given that the tourist traps of Ibiza and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands scored predictably low. The 522…