Celebrating 20 years of impact
Help Create a Better Kind of Tourism
Looking ahead to the next 20 years, we are more dedicated than ever to continue growing community tourism so that its ripple effects can continue to multiply and create even more positive change in every corner of the globe for both communities and travellers alike.
Want to support the growth of community tourism?
What we've accomplished so far
Planeterra was founded in Toronto
The Planeterra Foundation was created as a means for the travel industry to give back. In that same year, G Adventures and Planeterra established camps in Tibet, flying in 60 doctors to perform cataract and other eye surgeries, restoring the sight of over 300 people in remote Tibetan villages
The House of Children of the Sun
Our FIRST COMMUNITY PROJECT IS ESTABLISHED
The Ccaccaccollo Women’s Weaving Co-op, Planeterra’s first community tourism enterprise is established in Ccaccaccollo, Peru
The first Ignite the Night
G Adventures held the first Ignite the Night event as a fundraiser in honour of Planeterra. The event was a huge success!
A new project in India: City Walk
City Walk is a youth-led walking tour that provides a different perspective on Delhi while giving youth the opportunity to gain new skills
New Hope in Cambodia
Planeterra worked with New Hope Outreach Centre to build a training restaurant to support young Khmers living just outside of Siem Reap
A $1 million initiative
Planeterra embarks on a $1 million initiative with the Inter-American Development Bank to build sustainable tourism projects in Central and South America
Responsible Travel with Indigenous People
In partnership with George Washington University, we created the Responsible Travel with Indigenous People: Global Good Practice Guidelines
Child Welfare and the Travel Industry
Partnered with ChildSafe Movement and G Adventures to develop the Child Welfare and the Travel Industry Global Good Practice Guidelines
50 new projects!
Our COVID-19 response
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Planeterra launched the Turn Travel into Impact from Home campaign. We created The Learning Hub – an online resource for community tourism enterprises – with more than 50 different modules, worksheets, and templates. Our work was recognized by the WTM Responsible Tourism Award. In 2020, Planeterra was also awarded a grant from the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) for a project in Sri Lanka
The Global Community Tourism Network
Publicly launched the Global Community Tourism Network (GCTN) – a network of 454+ partners in 78 countries. Planeterra was also awarded a grant from the CFLI, this time, for a project focused on breaking down barriers of entry for youth in the hospitality sector in South Africa
GCT Fund & IUCN
Launched the Global Community Tourism Fund and worked on a ground-breaking partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Learn more about Planeterra’s work over the past 20 years here
what do the next 20 years look like?
Planeterra set the bar high working towards achieving the following aspirational goals by 2030:
- 50 million travellers experiencing community tourism
- $1 billion worth of income reaching communities
- 3.5 million lives improved through community tourism
Community tourism around the world
Looking for a different way to travel? Check out the community tourism projects that Planeterra has directly supported.
“it was natural for ChildSafe to choose Planeterrra as our partner, as we are both committed to the business of changing lives for the better. Planeterra’s dedication to ensuring the welfare and protection of children in the travel industry reinforces the key messages of ChildSafe, and their position as a global leader in sustainable and responsible tourism means that through our partnership, more communities, families and children can enjoy the benefits that tourism brings, in a protective environment. ChildSafe Movement is proud to partner with Planeterra – Together, protecting children!”
“Our community as a workshop benefits tremendously from Planeterra – there are lulls now and again but by and large, tour groups help us pay the rent; our community as a town relies heavily on tourism – the best change I notice is more young waiters speaking English!”
“When I joined G Adventures 12 years ago I quickly realized how lucky I was to find myself working for a company where doing good business comes from intentionally helping communities around the world – that’s why the 12 years (and more years to come). I’m doing something right and for something honourable. And it’s really all about our business model. Without Planeterra our business would not have the kind of positive impact that we bring to communities around the world. Thank you Planeterra for all that you do”
“The immersive, cultural experiences that would be missed without the integration of Planeterra partners into G Adventures itineraries help educate travellers in a special and invaluable way. The partnership not only aligns with my own values but I know every day in my role I am ensuring that travel is used as a force for good”
Global Sustainable Tourism Council
“GSTC’s impact-driven mission in becoming an agent of change in the world of sustainable tourism is well aligned to Planeterra’s determination to use tourism as a catalyst to enhance the local community’s lives, and protect the environment as well as their culture. Both organizations will continue to share knowledge and adoption strategies for sustainable tourism practices”
“It’s giving people the gift of opportunity and self-determination, rather than simply handouts – which are never as effective.
Having visited some Planeterra projects, you can see the impact you are making on the ground by supporting the foundation – it’s tangible and real. I can’t think of a better way to give back”
“Planeterra doesn’t think that it knows everything and directs what people should do, it listens and supports. So respectful. So empowering. So sustainable”
Have you visited any of the projects we’ve supported? Tag @planeterracares and share your hashtag #PlaneterraMoment on Instagram with us. We will feature your photos or videos in this section. Let’s inspire more people to make travel a force for good.
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