Welcome to the Geotourism Development Foundation (GDF)

The Geotourism Development Foundation (GDF) believes that tourism makes the world a better place. It generates revenues and jobs for the poorest, conserves culture and the environment, promotes tolerance and understanding between peoples, and, it broadens minds.

Our aim is to enhance these positive impacts by creating partnerships between the tour industry and local social entrepreneurs, and by funding projects which enhance the distinctive aspects of a place to the benefit of local residents and visiting travelers.

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Community Initiatives in Southern Malawi

Community initiatives in Southern Malawi are tackling pressing issues and seek funding to enable them to develop and grow. The project will allow increased numbers of travelers to visit these fascinating initiatives and provide them with a sustainable source of income.

$1250 / $22950

Homestays of Mineral Spring, India

Mineral Spring in the Darjeeling Hills is a area of outstanding natural beauty, biodiversity and Himalayan culture. Establishing several homestays in the village hopes to showcase the unique area to visitors and bring greater economic prosperity to its residents.

$1487 / $23400

Traditional Farming of Motag, Philippines

Maintaining and developing traditional farming of Motag village will provide its residents with a sustainable means of income.  By showcasing their cultural traditions to an ever-increasing number of visitors to the region, it will ensure that rural life can prosper.

$1520 / $14615

Yachana Gastronomy and Agricultural Development Program, Ecuador

The Yachana project will develop education and agricultural activities in a bid to improve environmental sustainability and food security of local residents in the Ecuadorian Amazon.  The program shall enable travelers to gain insight into the region and its fascinating culture.

$1480 / $24863

An Interview with John McKenzie on the launch of GDF

A personal insight into the roots, motivation behind and hopes for the future of the Foundation from GDF's president.

The article is courtesy of the Local Travel Movement and is re-published here with their kind permission.

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Responsible Tourism in True Form: Bloom Microventures Comes to Vietnam

A example of an exisitng experiential tour in Vietnam, run by Bloom Microventures. Microfinance meets tourism to powerful effect.

The article is courtesy of The Travel Word and is re-published here with their kind permission.

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A Most Memorable Day in Malawi

An inside look into one of GDF's current projects in Malawi and some of the community tourism initiatives which it aims to benefit through its project.

The article is courtesy of The Travel Word and is re-published here with their kind permission.

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