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Geotourism definitively defined

At a conference in Portugal the two organisations which have been using different definitions of Geotourism have agreed the Arouca Declaration, which includes the following:

�We recognize that there is a need to clarify the concept of geotourism. We therefore believe that geotourism should be defined as tourism which sustains and enhances the identity of a territory, taking into consideration its geology, environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents. Geological tourism is one of the multiple components of geotourism.�

National Geographic Society News posting:
and Center for Sustainable Destinations � National Geographic Society posting:  with downloadable copies of the full  Declaration in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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