Alabama Gulf Coast sites may be included in the Geotourism MapGuide

Submitted by Kim Chapman
Posted 7/6/13

GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – Local residents, businesses and organizations are invited to show off the culture and heritage of the Alabama Gulf Coast and submit nominations for the U.S. Gulf Coast States Geotourism MapGuide.

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Alabama Gulf Coast sites may be included in the Geotourism MapGuide

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GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – Local residents, businesses and organizations are invited to show off the culture and heritage of the Alabama Gulf Coast and submit nominations for the U.S. Gulf Coast States Geotourism MapGuide.

The U.S. Gulf States Geotourism Council is partnering with the National Geographic Society to showcase the best of the Gulf States through an interactive online guide. The final selection will highlight more than a hundred tourism sites, events and traditions that capture the culture, history and natural beauty of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The Gulf Coast geotourism website defines geotourism as: “Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographic character of a place, its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents.” As interest in these sorts of sites and experiences continues to increase, more areas of the country have been compiling similar guides.

At no cost, organizations, businesses and residents on the Alabama Gulf Coast can recommend historic, cultural and natural landmarks, events, attractions, businesses, scenic trails, outdoor experiences, artists, storytellers and anything that may help tell the story of coastal Alabama. Nominations can be submitted in print form or through a simple online process.

“Alabama has so much to offer for people looking to experience a blend of authentic culture and nature. This MapGuide provides an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our contribution to geotourism,” Chandra Wright, nature tourism specialist for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism and a representative on the Alabama Geotourism Stewardship Council, said.

Some sites in the area have already been nominated. As the final day to nominate is July 15 and fast approaching, local tourism sites and services are encouraged to apply soon. Nominations can be submitted at www.usgulfcoaststatesgeotourism.com