On July 2, the Planeterra Foundation made an exciting announcement: the goal, to launch an additional 25 Planeterra projects by the year 2020. This would add up to a total of 100 projects launched since the Planeterra Foundation made its debut in the year 2003.
In 2015, Planeterra announced its "50 in 5" initiative, with the goal to add an additional 50 projects to its then-existing 25. However, now that Planeterra has met that goal ahead of schedule, the Foundation is ramping up its commitment to community tourism.
"For us to over-deliver on our promise to build 50 community tourism projects in five years, and to now commit to 100 projects by 2020, proves our laser-focus and determination to use the power of positive-impact travel to change people’s lives," G Adventures and Planeterra founder Bruce Poon Tip said in a statement. “I believe travel can be a force for good and has the power to become the biggest form of wealth distribution the world has seen. The transformative power of travel is most real when our travellers see first hand the impact their travel choices have on others, so I’m proud that 90% of our trips will showcase this to our customers first-hand.”
The announcement comes on the heels of the opening of five additional Planeterra projects (the last of 50 in 5), which are as follows:
Coope San Juan (San Juan, Costa Rica)
Shandia Community Tourism (Ecuador)
Nem Adom Fel (Budapest, Hungary)
Dqae Qare San Lodge (D’Kar, Botswana)
Ak Orgo (Barskoon, Kyrgyzstan)
For more information on these projects and on the Planeterra Foundation's Project 100, please visit planeterra.org