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Sri Lanka Eastern province is to be promote as global natural and cultural destination
13 Oct, 2014 16:02:25
Oct 10, 2014 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Eastern province, is to be promoted as a world-class natural and cultural destination by National Geographic Maps, to improve the contribution of tourism to local economic growth by promoting geo tourism.
Implemented by the National Geographic Maps Division, a nonprofit scientific and educational institution in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, the project is being carried out in the districts of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara with the financial support of the European Union's Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP) and the Royal Government of Norway.

“The MapGuide will celebrate the area’s abundant scenic, cultural and historical attributes from the unique vantage point of those who live there,” Jim Dion, Director of Tourism Programs for the National Geographic Society Maps Division said.

“Participation by local residents is critical to the project’s success,”

“Our goal is to get nominations from across the Province that identify the things people love best, those ‘must see’ places that reflect the culture and uniqueness of the Eastern Province; from historic sites to modern-day communities, natural features, small towns and enduring landscapes.”

Geo tourism is a form of tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a destination’s environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents.

A community-based nomination process is to be launched to create a National Geographic “Geotourism MapGuide” for the province.

The online interactive Geotourism MapGuide will be available in June 2015.

Local residents and visitors are invited to nominate, for inclusion in the MapGuide, any landmarks, attractions, activities, events and even local foods that define the region’s character and distinctive appeal.

Nominations can be made from October 13, 2014, during local public forums and at

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