ALTON | What makes the Meeting of the Great Rivers region so special? If you have answers to that question, plan to attend the National Geographic’s Geotourism Website Workshop at 3 p.m., Monday, July 27 at the National Great Rivers Museum, 2 Lock and Dam Way, Alton.
The National Geographic and the Mississippi River Connections Collaborative will host a Community Outreach Workshop designed to develop content ideas for a new Mississippi River Geotourism Website. The workshop is open to all area residents.
The workshop will begin with introductions and an overview of the National Geographic Geotourism Program. Attendees are asked to help contribute content to the Mississippi River program website. Content ideas can include recommendations for “place based authentic experiences for travelers along the Mississippi River.” There will also be a detailed explanation and demonstration on how to contribute information by uploading content onto the website.
Geotourism showcases the unique attributes of regions and emphasizes the “distinctiveness of a locale that benefits visitors and residents alike.” It involves the community, including local businesses and civic groups, to help provide a distinctive, authentic visitor experience. Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place – its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of residents.