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What is Geotourism?

Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographic character of a place, its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.  Geotourism encompasses a range of travel including culture and heritage, history, food, nature, the outdoors, water, music and arts.

 

What is the MapGuide?
The Bahamas Family of Islands Geotourism Program will generate a National Geographic Society co-branded online interactive website of the Bahamas Family of Islands, offering information that identifies natural, cultural, and historic attractions that define the islands and their people.  Information for the online map will be generated by the stories and nominations of local residents, who provide information for the MapGuide in the form of content nominations.

 

 

How will the online MapGuide be developed?
One of the first steps in creating an online MapGuide is convening a working group (Geotourism Council) of local residents and community leaders, historic preservationists and environmentalists, agricultural interests and business owners, artists and musicians to oversee the project.  The Bahamas Out Islands Geotourism Council will then sponsor public forums on each island to encourage community involvement in the program and nomination of sites and stories that make the region unique. Nominations may include historic structures and archaeological sites, scenic landscapes, beaches, water attractions and wildlife viewing areas, trails and outdoor recreation, local cuisine and culture, festivals and events, artists and others—the people and destinations that contribute to the unique beauty and diversity of the islands.  Finally, the National Geographic and Geotourism Council will review the nominations, edit the material, and design a high-quality National Geographic co-branded online interactive website that will help to highlight the unique attractions of the islands in the voices of the people that call them home.

To nominate visit: www.bahamasgeotourism.com

What is the role of a Geotourism Council?
The Geotourism Council will encourage community participation in the nomination process; ensure the nominations reflect the diversity of the region; identify themes; and work with the National Geographic Society to edit and design the online interactive website.  Once these materials are complete, the council will develop a business and marketing plan for the program.  In addition, the council will work with the communities of the region to contribute fresh material to the website and develop cooperative efforts to better promote the islands as premiere tourism destinations within the region.

How will this project benefit the island communities?
The Geotourism program seeks to promote and enhance the area’s natural, historic and cultural sites to domestic and international visitors who are seeking authentic travel experiences.  The project will encourage sustainable economic development and promote long-term stewardship of the islands distinctive communities, businesses, working landscapes, and natural areas.

Where has this been done before?
Internationally five geotourism destinations from 10 countries, along with eight destinations in the USA from thirteen states, are currently managing co-branded websites and promoting wise destination stewardship.

Please visit their National Geographic Interactive Destination Guides online at:
http://www.sierranegeotourism.org
http://www.visitredwoodcoast.com
http://www.yellowstonegeotourism.org
http://www.crownofthecontinent.net
http://www.lakestolockspassage.com
http://www.tennesseevalleygeotourism.org
http://www.fourcornersgeotourism.com
http://www.nlgeotourism.com
http://www.usgulfcoaststatesgeotourism.com
http://www.gobluecentralamerica.org
http://www.visitdourovalley.com
http:///www.westernbalkansgeotourism.travel

Contact Us

For more information about the The Bahamas Family of Islands Geotourism MapGuide, contact:

The Bahamas Family of Islands Geotourism Program

Project Manager
Mrs. Jacqueline Ramsey
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
P.O. Box N-3701
Nassau, Bahamas
Phone:  (242) 302-2000
Email: jramsey@bahamas.com


Site Administrator:
Jean E. Simmons
Phone: (242) 302-2000
Email: jsimmons@bahamas.com


Bahamas Information Center
Phone: (800) 224-2627
Email: tourism@bahamas.com