Bahamas Geo-tourism Website Launched

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St. Lucia News reports that small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in The Bahamas now have access to over 50 million potential customers thanks to an innovative website that maximizes the country’s geo-tourism potential. Among other features, the service offers an interactive map of geo-tourism sites and supporting businesses across islands and information on natural, cultural and historic attractions.

The National Geographic Bahamas Geotourism Website adds that The Bahamas MapGuide and website initiative is the first of its kind in the Caribbean and joins 12 other international geotourism destinations: “Covering a melting pot of unique natural sites, cultures, history and geographies, The Bahamas Family Islands under the Geotourism Program are: The Abacos, Acklins, Andros, The Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Crooked Island, Eleuthera/Harbour Island and Spanish Wells, The Exumas, Grand Bahama (east and west ends), Inagua, Long Island, Mayaguana, Ragged Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador.” See excerpts of the St. Lucia News article here:

The National Geographic Bahamas Geotourism Website was formed through a partnership among the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, National Geographic, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDA). The aim of the website is to boost the Family Islands’ tourism potential by acting as a driver of overall SME development. The website is the first of its kind in the region. It provides an interactive map of geo-touristic sites and supporting businesses across The Bahamas and offers comprehensive information on natural, cultural and historic attractions for various destinations.

Information on the website includes accommodations, action opportunities, community, festivals and events, food and drinks, health and wellness, historic or prehistoric sites, local points of interest, museums, theatres, interpretive centers, natural areas, outdoor adventure and packaged experiences.

Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe said this initiative shows that The Bahamas is continuing to find innovative ways to draw people. “Technology allows the world to see The Bahamas with limited costs and in real time,” he said during a special launch ceremony at The Island House. “This is so important to what we are seeking to do. We must give strength to these islands. You have made a giant step for us and we want to tell you this is what partnerships are all about – seeking to do the best in the best interest of all.” [. . .]

To view the website visit www.bahamasgeotourism.com.

For full article, see http://www.stlucianewsonline.com/caribbean-bahamas-geotourism-website-launched/

See original press release at http://press.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/13/bahamas-government-and-national-geographic-launch-bahamas-family-islands-mapguide-and-website/

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