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Support community tourism – sign up for Planeterra's Around the World Challenge!

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  •   05-10-2021  10:10 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Support community tourism – sign up for Planeterra's Around the World Challenge!
Pax Global Media

Following the success of last year's Planeterra Trek Challenge, a new challenge for 2021 has been announced – and it starts this month. 

This week, Planeterra launched the Around the World Challenge, encouraging travel lovers to join the organization's movement to support community tourism enterprises as travel reemerges post-COVID, all while celebrating the diversity and power of community tourism.

Participants will be taking on the challenge to collectively travel the globe by walking, running, or biking 40,087 km (24,909mi) - the distance around the equator- while aiming to raise US$40,087. 

The challenge will take place over the course of ten days, from May 17-26, with emails and social media posts each day highlighting a new region. 

Highlights will include exclusive events and videos from community tourism enterprises in locations like India, Rwanda, and Bolivia, as well as unique cuisine, facts, and culture in more than a dozen destinations.

Planeterra's Around the World Challenge runs May 17-26, 2021. (Supplied)

“Planeterra just launched the Global Community Tourism Network last week, having more than doubled our community partnerships since December and we now work with communities in over 65 countries,” says president of Planeterra, Jamie Sweeting. “We thought it was the perfect time to highlight these new community partners, and help Planeterra support them as they prepare to recover and the world prepares to travel again.”

Supporting community tourism

The Global Community Tourism Network supports community tourism enterprises to achieve unique social and environmental goals by breaking down barriers that exist in the tourism marketplace. 

It aims to increase capacity, quality and accessibility of community tourism enterprises all around the world by providing online training, peer-to-peer connection, marketing, and promotion.

“We also wanted to acknowledge the current situation in India,” said Sweeting. “Planeterra has pledged to match the first US$1,500 raised during the Around the World Challenge, to be allocated to operations and community partners in Delhi.”

Last year's Planeterra Trek Challenge saw 550 individuals on 62 teams trek the distance to virtually climb Everest Base Camp

A survey of participants, with a strong representation of travel agents, asked Planeterra to put on another fitness challenge in the spring.

“Agents are excited to get behind the Around the World Challenge,” said Planeterra Board Member Zeina Gedeon. “I’m calling on agencies to sign up for this challenge so they can support, learn about, and embrace community tourism as we start to help our customers travel again."

Planeterra was established in 2003 by entrepreneur, author and philanthropist Bruce Poon Tip of G Adventures. 

For more information on the Around the World Challenge, please visit here.

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