Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the distinctive geographical character of a place—its environment, heritage, aesthetics, culture, and the well-being of its residents. It's "Sense of Place."

The benefits of geotourism are many:

It benefits residents economically.

Travel businesses do their best to use the local workforce, services, products, and supplies. When the community understands the beneficial role of geotourism, it becomes an incentive for wise destination stewardship.

It supports integrity of place.

Destination-savvy travelers seek out businesses that emphasize the character of the locale. Tourism revenues in turn raise the local perceived value of those assets.

It informs both visitors and hosts.

Residents discover their own heritage and how the ordinary and familiar may be of interest to outsiders. As local people develop pride and skill in showing off their locale, tourists get more out of their visits.

Some important Geotourism links:

About Geotourism by National Geographic.

13 Principles of Geotourism.