M AK ING A DIFFE RE N CE In 1950, there were 25 million international tourists. Fast forward to 2016, when more than one billion people set out to see the world—a number that is expected to double by 2030. Travel and tourism is now one of the world’s largest industries, employing one out of 11 people on the planet. With this growth comes an even greater responsibility to harness the power of travel as a force for good. Each of our travel choices makes a big difference. And that impact is at the heart of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. These very special places offer a wonderful vacation that contributes to biodiversity conservation, heritage preservation, and the well-being of local people. By offering meaningful travel experiences rooted in the principles of sustainable tourism, these lodges are helping to lead the way to a brighter travel future.
AB OU T THE AUTH O R Costas Christ is one of the pioneers of ecotourism, having helped to officially define the term for the first time and serving as a founding member and former chairman of the International Ecotourism Society. Now a senior advisor for sustainable tourism at National Geographic, Costas has traveled to more than 130 countries and lectured and published widely on tourism’s impact on the world. Costas was recognized by the IAMEco-Warrior project alongside conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, ocean explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle, and CNN founder Ted Turner as a visionary working towards a sustainable future for the planet. He was the lead author of Tourism and Biodiversity: Mapping Tourism’s Global Footprint (UNEP 2003) and a contributing author to Wilderness: Earth’s Last Wild Places (CI 2002). His stories appear regularly in National Geographic Traveler magazine, where he is also an editor at large.
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