Alabama to be part of National Geographic geotourism project

A first step in a program that will promote tourism and highlight the places that create the character of four of America’s Gulf Coast states was held Feb 5th and 6th. Grey Brennan of the Alabama Tourism Department attended the two-day planning session in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, to represent the Alabama tourism industry.

As a result of the meeting, the Alabama Tourism Department will be issuing invitations in the near future for local Alabama restaurants, accommodations, attractions and events to nominate their particular place as points of interest. The project will include a National Geographic Geotourism MapGuide, website and both Apple and Android apps.  The four states included are Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.

Thousands of the MapGuides will be printed, and the website and apps will be launched by the end of this year.

For examples of National Geographic Geotourism websites in the United States and around the world, visit http://www.natgeomaps.com/geotourism.html

To go directly to other multi-state National Geographic projects of this type, go to the Central Cascades, Oregon/Washington; http://thecentralcascades.com and Four Corners; http://www.fourcornersgeotourism.com.

For more information, contact Grey Brennan, Alabama Tourism Department, 334-242-4459 grey.brennan@tourism.alabama.gov

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