National Geographic - Center for Sustainable Destinations: Working to protect the worlds distinctive places through wisely managed tourism and enlightened destination stewardship.


Photo: Transporting produce in India

Floating market in Kashmir, India.

Photograph by Steve McCurry

Entries below provide information on destination stewardship and the geotourism approach. Directories offer helpful Web sites for tourism and government professionals, for destination communities, and for travelers.

Destination Scorecards

Destination Stewardship surveys published annually in National Geographic Traveler magazine present a stewardship index for well-known destinations. CSD made the ratings after polling hundreds of experts.

Geotourism Study

Read the Executive Summary (PDF) of the landmark survey of U.S. travelers' behavior and attitudes about sustainable practices, commissioned by National Geographic Traveler and conducted by the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA). To purchase the complete study at $225, contact TIA.

The Untold Travel Story
A Travel Writer's Guide to Sustainable Tourism
and Destination Stewardship

This practical handbook gives travel journalists and consumers ways to evaluate the sustainability of companies and destinations. Download either of two PDF versions: 8 1/2 by 11 inch (PDF) size or a version that you can assemble into a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch (PDF) booklet. For the booklet, you'll need to print six sheets of paper on both sides, then arrange the pages, fold in half, and staple in the middle.

Gateway Communities Toolkit

In conjunction with the 2005 National Parks Destination Scorecard, this online toolkit can aid any National Park gateway region seeking to improve its tourism appeal and management. Read About Gateway Communities.

Directory for Tourism Professionals

Explore these links if you work in the travel industry, academia, government, or for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) involved with tourism management.

Directory for Communities

Tourism can contribute to preserving your locale—or to degrading it. These links can help your community plan constructively.

Directory for Travelers

These links may help you to travel in a constructive and rewarding way, supporting the quality of your destinations while ensuring yourself a richer travel experience.