“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 www.easternsrilanka.com.