Geotourism is the kind of travel that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place — its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. Through this site we invite you to visit the Heart of the Continent region in a way that lets you discover and experience the authentic soul of the region.
Be a GeoTraveler!
Go light, stay local, learn about the local cultures and traditions, help sustain what makes this a special place. Geotravelers get beyond the surface and have rich, life-changing travel experiences. This site can be a gateway for these experiences in the Heart of the Continent region.
What is Geotourism?
~ It involves the community. Local businesses and civic groups join to provide a distinctive, authentic visitor experience.
~ It benefits residents economically. Travel businesses hire local workers, and use local services, products, and supplies. When community members understand the benefits of geotourism, they take responsibility for destination stewardship.
~ It supports integrity of place. Destination-savvy travelers seek out businesses that emphasize the character of the locale. In return, local stakeholders who receive economic benefits appreciate and protect the value of those assets.
~ It respects local culture and tradition. Foreign visitors learn local etiquette, including at least a few courtesy words in the local language. Residents learn how to deal with foreign expectations that may differ from their own.
~ It aims for quality, not quantity. Destinations measure tourism success not just by numbers of visitors, but by length of stay, how they spend their money, and the quality of their experience.
~ Sustainable tourism protects its product-the destination. It avoids the –loved to death– syndrome by anticipating development pressures and applying limits and management techniques that preserve natural habitats, heritage sites, scenic appeal, and local culture.
~ It conserves resources. Environmentally aware travelers patronize businesses that reduce pollution, waste, energy consumption, water usage, landscaping chemicals, and excessive nighttime lighting.