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Jonathan B. Tourtellot
Director, and Geotourism Editor, National Geographic Traveler
Editor, writer, public speaker, self-taught geographer, and sometime photographer, Jonathan B. Tourtellot has served as a National Geographic Society senior editor since 1980 and became the Society's first Director of The Center for Sustainable Destinations in 2001. He is also the geotourism editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine, where he supervises feature articles on tourism issues and writes the DestinationWatch (formerly TravelWatch) column.
Mr. Tourtellot originated the concept of geotourism and is primary author of the Geotourism Charter (PDF). He helped develop the study Geotourism: The New Trend in Travel (PDF). He initiated and supervised Destination Scorecard surveys reported in National Geographic Traveler magazine. In helping to expand Traveler's coverage of tourism and destination management, he wrote the magazine's first two feature stories on the topic, "The Two Faces of Tourism" (July/August 1999) and "The Tourism Wars" (October 2000), both of which won awards, as well as authoring the July/August 2006 piece, "The Climate Bomb."