An international non-profit effortt to support community based projects for nature and culture.

The goal of the foundation is bringing arts, culture, economic development, and revitalization through grassroots organizing.

Local Routes Foundation has been active for over ten years as a grassroots network. The Foundation was incorporated in California in 2017 as a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Donations for our charitable programs are tax deductible.

What we do

We provide a home for grassroots projects related to arts, culture, and nature. We host a collaborative network that meets online and in person. Members of the network include community members working in local projects, community organization, and regional organizations, too.

Read on to find out more about our geotourism related activities. We provide community service based experiential training, software and services for community organizations, and collaborative learning opportunities for young entrepreneurs. We work closely with partners to develop programs that create opportunities for young people around the world.
Our Mission

Our Mission

To build enthusiasm and capacity for diverse arts and cultural activities in local communities through grassroots organizing of community members, and to enhance community economic development through diverse arts & culture activities.


Geotourism is happening all over the world, but, what is it?

Geotourism : Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographic character of a place, its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. Geotourism encompasses a range of travel including culture and heritage, history, food, nature, the outdoors, water, music and arts.

Geotourism programs, then, involve almost everyone and everything in an area. Everyone wants a sustainable, local economy and to live in a beautiful place. Geotourism brings different stakeholders together including residents, tourists, local business, corporations, government, and there is even a role for you.

Geotourism program seeks to promote and enhance the areas natural, historic and cultural sites to domestic and international visitors who are seeking authentic travel experiences. The programs will encourage sustainable economic development and promote long-term stewardship of the regions distinctive communities, businesses, working landscapes, and natural areas.

Geotourism programs that you find on this site are united by committment to exploring and applying the Geotourism Charter and the Geotourism Principles you will find listed blow.  Participants and sponsors or local programs are asked to take a look at the principles and to work together with the local program stewardship group to find ways to apply the principles within the local community.

In your local area program, you can use the activities and events listed in the training and development section to engage your local stakeholders in the question, too. “How can we learn more about the Geotourism Principles and how we can apply them in our local area to create benefits for our local stakeholders?”
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The Geotourism Charter

  • WHEREAS the geotourism approach is all-inclusive, focusing not only on the environment, but also on the diversity of the cultural, historic, and scenic assets, and also recognizes the potential of geotourism strategies to enhance economic and workforce development opportunities; and,
  • WHEREAS participation in geotourism efforts is open to all residents and to tourists who support these geotourism principles; and,
  • WHEREAS any of the many diverse communities, regions and other groups/organizations are welcome to further develop the geotourism concept for the benefit of their respective membership – stakeholder and/or target participation groups; and, WHEREAS the geotourism approach encourages all residents and visitors to get involved rather than remain tourism spectators; and,
  • WHEREAS the geotourism approach seeks to bring recognition to the many geotourism efforts (current and on-going) at the local, national and international levels with a shared pride, stressing what is authentic and unique to each area.

The Geotourism Charter

  1. Integrity of place: Enhance geographical character by developing and improving it in ways distinctive to the locale, reflective of its natural and cultural heritage, so as to encourage market differentiation and cultural pride.
  2. International codes: Adhere to the principles embodied in the World Tourism Organization’s Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the Principles of the Cultural Tourism Charter established by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
  3. Market selectivity: Encourage growth in tourism market segments most likely to appreciate, respect, and disseminate information about the distinctive assets of the locale.
  4. Market diversity: Encourage a full range of appropriate food and lodging facilities, so as to appeal to the entire demographic spectrum of the geotourism market and so maximize economic resiliency over both the short and long term.
  5. Tourist satisfaction: Ensure that satisfied, excited geotourists bring new vacation stories home and send friends off to experience the same thing, thus providing continuing demand for the destination.
  6. Community involvement: Base tourism on community resources to the extent possible, encouraging local small businesses and civic groups to build partnerships to promote and provide a distinctive, honest visitor experience and market their locales effectively. Help businesses develop approaches to tourism that build on the area’s nature, history and culture, including food and drink, artisanry, performance arts, etc.
  7. Community benefit: Encourage micro- to medium-size enterprises and tourism business strategies that emphasize economic and social benefits to involved communities, especially poverty alleviation, with clear communication of the destination stewardship policies required to maintain those benefits.
  8. Protection and enhancement of destination appeal: Encourage businesses to sustain natural habitats, heritage sites, aesthetic appeal, and local culture. Prevent degradation by keeping volumes of tourists within maximum acceptable limits. Seek business models that can operate profitably within those limits. Use persuasion, incentives, and legal enforcement as needed.
  9. Land use: Anticipate development pressures and apply techniques to prevent undesired overdevelopment and degradation. Contain resort and vacation-home sprawl, especially on coasts and islands, so as to retain a diversity of natural and scenic environments and ensure continued resident access to waterfronts. Encourage major self-contained tourism attractions, such as large-scale theme parks and convention centers unrelated to character of place, to be sited in needier locations with no significant ecological, scenic, or cultural assets.
  10. Conservation of resources: Encourage businesses to minimize water pollution, solid waste, energy consumption, water usage, landscaping chemicals, and overly bright nighttime lighting. Advertise these measures in a way that attracts the large, environmentally sympathetic tourist market.
  11. Planning: Recognize and respect immediate economic needs without sacrificing long-term character and the geotourism potential of the destination. Where tourism attracts in-migration of workers, develop new communities that themselves constitute a destination enhancement. Strive to diversify the economy and limit population influx to sustainable levels. Adopt public strategies for mitigating practices that are incompatible with geotourism and damaging to the image of the destination.
  12. Interactive interpretation: Engage both visitors and hosts in learning about the place. Encourage residents to show off the natural and cultural heritage of their communities, so that tourists gain a richer experience and residents develop pride in their locales.
  13. Evaluation: Establish an evaluation process to be conducted on a regular basis by an independent panel representing all stakeholder interests, and publicize evaluation results.

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These are the 13 principles listed in the Geotourism Charter (PDF) as put forth via the National Geographic Society. To see the rationale for each principle, read Principles Discussed.


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Geotourism programs work together to produce Geotourism center, but, Geotourism is really about “local” and “re-localization”.  Each program and their local guide is a product of a local community. Sure, there are lots of companies that collect information, but only Geotourism programs are created by the local community with multiple stakeholder groups, and it is the only not for profit tourism rewards program led by individual communities

Geotourism programs link together the stakeholders in the local community to work together for common, positive goals including protecting, celebrating and appreciating local Arts, Culture, People and Nature. Benefits linking the community together include more and regular events for residents, better information for tourists, and the feeling of a “tight knit” community that comes from stakeholders working together and talking often

]Many services are available to make “just a mp”.  Geotourism is an “asset based community development” program designed for communities large and small.  The Geotourism Indonesia provides the only platform and step by step program or starting a local Geotourism program.  The Geotourism platform is “purpose built” specifically to support a non-profit, regional, multi-stakeholder development partnership that specifically benefits youth.  The Geotourism platform may not be perfect, but it is under constant development, and designed specifically to serve the needs and outcomes of a Geotourism program as described in the Geotourism Principles.  Here are a few examples of how the Geotourism platform is specifically designed to serve these needs:

  1. enables local stakeholders to re-use data for program related outcomes and goals.
  2. enables local stakeholders to updates or message to and from system profiles with a persistent, unique identifier.
  3. enables special features for specific stakeholders to minimize the time and effort required to accomplish important tasks.
  4. enable tourists to use local data (instead of licensing (often out-of-date or inaccurate) information from a foreign conglomerate (that has no connection to the local economy)).
  5. operates in a non-profit, not-for-profit partnership model (and with a cooperative, too, if that is useful) and is, at the end of the day, an important support for fundraising for Youth and Young Adult Activities in the developing world.
  6. anyone can start a map guide and see how it works, anywhere in the world.  Right now!  -> Map Guide

Geotourism programs is how residents, local business, government and tourists can work together for shared goals. Tourism is a complex “industry”. Each stakeholder group has different needs and wants. Geotourism is a way for each of these groups to work together for the best results.

Geotourism isn’t just about tourism. Everyone has a role to play to build the local economy and perform stewardship of Arts, Culture, Heritage, and Nature. Geotourism isn’t about “exploiting” an area for economic revenue; it is about working together to protect and enhance a place in such a way as to include all the people and animals and plants who live there.  There is a set of “Geotourism Principles” that guide Geotourism programs, and part of the activity of a Geotourism program is to make it possible for all the local stakeholders to learn how they can play an active role in making the principles real in their home area.

More specifically, many of the Geotourism programs featured on this site start off with a “Map Guide” program.  In this program one individual or a group can follow a step-by-step process to map the tourism locations of their local area, and then offer this guide to tourists who visit the city.  In most cases, each country has a “Tourist Membership” that grants the holder access to each of the map guides within that country. Donations for memberships are part of an international fundraising campaign.  Donations go towards enabling developing world Youth and Young Adult Activities that foster a deeper appreciation for Arts, Culture, and Heritage while simultaneously training for Creative Industry job skills including reading, writing, photography, and more. A number of program participants contribute actively to Wikipedia projects and OpenStreetMap.

Compare and Contrastki

Trip Advisor and Geotourism are similar and different. Trip Advisor and Geotourism are similar because both provide tools for tourists and local business. Trip Advisor and Geotourism are different kinds of organizations. Trip Advisor is a for-profit commercial enterprise, and Geotourism is produced by local nonprofit organizations within the local community. Sponsors can use Trip Advisor and Geotourism to get the best of each.

Tourists using the Geotourism program guides support local people, real communities of real people.  Geotourism program guides are a better choice because they are created by and support local communities.

Local programs means local outcomes, and support for the social goals of the local community. Geotourism is an “open” program, so, you can start a local program in your own community, and join in to help and be helped by other program communities.  It’s the best of all worlds because you can be local, act local, and act global, all at the same time!

articipants in Geotourism programs contribute to both Wikipedia and Wikivoyages, especially information about public services that don’t change often.  However, much of the information about destinations is better kept up to date by the individuals on site at the location.  Geotourism programs extends the efforts of local community’s efforts to share the features that make their community unique into the sharing of information and media, too.

It takes the fun out of it, a bit, to take ourselves too seriously, but, no, this isn’t “just another app”.  Geotourism is one of the ways that our local communities are responding to local needs in a world that is rapidly changing.  Some of the programs have been running since 2011 with only paper and the software makes things a lot easier.

There are in fact actual people involved!  This does matter!  This matters to a lot of people, actually!  Why does it matter?  It matters because it could be you, next!  Seriously!  Have you looked at the tourism program that is currently operated by your city?  What percentage of revenue in your area is created by locally owned businesses, and what percentage is related to tourism economy operations or exports?  What infrastructure is currently available for disaster notifications or local economy mapping in your area?  How do children in your area access advanced training in computer aided design or engineering?  It matters because the answers to those questions matter.  Geotourism isn’t just about tourism!  It is much, much more…it is the only international non-profit program we know about that enables multi-stakeholder development through the use of labor saving software and robust economic partnerships.  Really!  It is a real thing!  And it is happening in LOTS of places!  You should start a local program yourself.  There are already participants who do all of their traveling to other program locations moving ideas back and forth.  Why?  To improve the quality of life of residents.  Where?  Everywhere!

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