Jim Dion facilitates the geotourism program at National Geographic Maps. His work involves linking the world’s most important tourism destinations to the design capabilities of National Geographic’s Maps to create innovative maps, interactive websites and digital applications to increase knowledge about sustainable tourism and foster destination stewardship of cultural, historic, and natural resources.
Prior to joining National Geographic in 2005, he directed international ecotourism programs for conservation NGO’s in Mexico, Central America, and Asia, and he has lectured at the Technical University of Graz in Austria. James’ interest in linking tourism to conservation and community development is an outgrowth of his over 15 years of experience as a professional river and wilderness guide/outfitter. He founded and developed locally run sustainable, tourism businesses in Europe and North, Central, and South America.
Founded in 1915 as the Map Department of the National Geographic Society, National Geographic Maps is responsible for illustrating the world around us through the art and science of mapmaking. Today, National Geographic Maps continues this mission by creating the world’s best wall maps, outdoor recreation maps, travel maps, atlases and globes that inspire people to care about and explore their world.