Wednesday, June 22, 2005


Coulee Corridor Consortium
:: GeoTourism (5622am)

P. S. Tim Alling is president of the Coulee Corridor Consortium.

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@ "Coulee Corridor Consortium" Birding

National Scenic Byway (NSB) Contacts
Russell-Brasstown NSB 1881 Highway 515 PO Box 9 Blairsville, GA 30514 ...
Seaway Trail 45 East Avenue, Suite 400 Rochester, NY 14604-2294 ...

----- Original Message -----
From: Tim Alling
Sent: Sunday, June 19, 2005 1:46 AM
Subject: Geotourism

I received an Appalachia Geotourism MapGuide,
from Teresa Mitchell, Seaway Trail NSB.

Not quite understanding or knowing what geotourism is. But after studying and reading the map, I have enriched my knowledge and decided that Geotourism is very important and very rewarding.

The following is excerpted from the National Geographic web site, the web site for the Appalachia Geotourism Mapguide is at the bottom. I encourage you to check this out.

Tim Alling, from the Grand Coulee

What is Sustainable Tourism? Geotourism?

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM, like a doctor’s code of ethics, means
"First, do no harm." It is basic to good destination stewardship.

Sustainable tourism does not abuse its product—the destination. It seeks to avoid the "loved to death" syndrome.

Businesses and other stakeholders anticipate development pressures and apply limits and management techniques that sustain natural habitats, heritage sites, scenic appeal, and local culture.

It conserves resources. Environmentally aware travelers favor businesses that minimize pollution, waste, energy consumption, water usage, landscaping chemicals, and unnecessary nighttime lighting.

It respects local culture and tradition. Foreign visitors learn about and observe local etiquette, including using at least a few courtesy words in the local language. Residents learn how to deal with foreign expectations that may differ from their own.

It aims for quality, not quantity. Communities measure tourism success not by sheer numbers of visitors, but by length of stay, distribution of money spent, and quality of experience.

GEOTOURISM adds to these principles by building on geographical character—"sense of place"—to create a type of tourism that emphasizes the distinctiveness of its locale, beneficial to visitor and resident alike. Geotourism is defined as tourism that supports the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, heritage, aesthetics, and the well-being of its citizens.

Geotourism is synergistic: All the elements of geographical character together create a tourist experience that is richer than the sum of its parts, appealing to visitors with diverse interests.

It involves the community. Local small businesses and civic groups work together to promote and provide a distinctive, authentic visitor experience.

It informs both visitors and hosts. Residents discover their own heritage and how the ordinary and familiar may be of interest to outsiders. As local people develop pride and skill in showing off their locale, tourists get more out of their visit.

It benefits residents economically. Travel businesses do their best to use the local workforce, services, and products and supplies. When the community understands the beneficial role of geotourism, it becomes an incentive for wise destination stewardship.

It supports integrity of place. Destination-savvy travelers seek out businesses that emphasize the character of the locale. Tourism revenues in turn raise local perceived value of those assets.

It means great trips. Satisfied, excited visitors bring new knowledge home and send friends off to experiencethe same thing—which provides continuing business for the destination.

Go to the National Geographic web site to learn more about The Appalachia Geotourism Mapguide
Be Aware or BEWARE! ... Prepared minds favor chance
... Think Globally / Interact Regionally / Learn (LNT) Locally

Where RO = River Orienteering & CS = Community Stewardship:
Celebrate-2008 "RO/CS" Institute for Future Thought Leadership (cc) <- CIM Circa 1939-68 ...

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