The National Geographic Society has developed the Center for Sustainable Destinations (CSD), a project dedicated to protecting the world’s distinctive places through wisely managed tourism and enlightened destination stewardship.
Earlier this year we worked with state tourism and CSD on a Geotourism map of the Central Cascades stretching from Mt. Rainier to Crater Lake in Oregon. Our role was to assist in identifying a number of culturally and historically significant resources in our region and facilitate the nomination of local attractions. That map and a website will be available this fall.
National Geographic has developed a website for the CSD and the concept of Geotourism. What is Geotourism? It’s a philosophy that tourism should sustain or enhance the geographic character of a place- its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage plus the well being of the residents of the destination. The site also features tips for travelers and resources for travel professionals on community development and preservation.