National Geographic and Changemakers Announce Geotourism Innovation Competition $$$

February 27, 2009

National Geographic and Changemakers Announce Geotourism
        Innovation Competition
       
Deadline: May 20, 2009

National Geographic and Ashoka Changemakers
( http://www.changemakers.net/ ) have announced the second annual
global Geotourism Challenge. This year’s theme is Power of Place
— Sustaining the Future of Destinations.

This collaborative competition is designed to identify and show-
case innovators, both individuals and organizations, that direct-
ly or indirectly promote tourism that sustains or enhances the
geographical character of a place — its environment, culture,
aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.

The competition is open to all types of organizations (charitable,
private, or public) from all countries. Entries must describe
how a program or activity is new and different. Projects must
be beyond the idea stage and able to prove success on the local,
regional, or global level. The innovation should demonstrate the
potential to be successfully replicated in other places and to
become self-sustaining.

Competition entries will be posted online and made available for
anyone to view and collaborate with by providing new ideas and
connections to new resources, and by asking insightful questions.
A panel of judges will select finalists from the entries, and
the Changemakers community will then vote online to select three
award winners. The three winners will each receive a cash prize
of $5,000.

Entries must be submitted in English or Spanish. Visit the
Changemakers Web site for complete competition information and
to nominate or enter a program.

RFP Link:
http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15017072/changemakers

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