Geotourism is nothing new. Many European
countries, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have a long
history of using geological and geomorphological phenomena to
attract visitors. The geysers and waterfalls of Yellowstone
National Park, for example, draw tourists from all over the
Geotourism isn’t new to Britain or Wales. But we haven’t yet
tapped the full potential of geosites here. It’s a major aim to
attract more visitors to Wales’ outstanding sites. It is also an
aim to encourage local people to use, explore and learn from the
geological heritage on their doorstep.
This development must take the conservation and protection of
geosites and related features (e.g. archaeological monuments and
wildlife sites) into account. They must be acceptable to landowners
and must be sustainable.
Geotourism initiatives are at the heart of the Anglesey and
South Wales Coalfield geopark projects and are an integral part of
most Local Geodiversity Action Plans (LGAPs).