These initiatives touch me, particularly when National Geographic puts their weight behind something this important - National Geographic Sustainable Destinations Resource Center.
"We want to help residents, visitors, and professionals practice what is now being called geotourism: tourism that supports the geographical character of the place being visited—its environment, culture, heritage, aesthetics, and the well-being of its citizens.
Awareness is the key. Residents who benefit from tourism tend to value and conserve what tourists are coming to see. Visitors reinforce that link when they support businesses that sustain the destination. We hope these web pages help, and we welcome your comments and suggestions."
Jonathan B. Tourtellot, Director of Sustainable Destinations