New geo-tourism project could mean more tourism in the Northland

By KBJR News 1

Credit: The Heart of the Continent bi-national region

New geo-tourism project could mean more tourism in the Northland

February 12, 2014 Updated Feb 12, 2014 at 1:53 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A new smartphone app could mean a boost in tourism in the Northland.

Northeastern Minnesota and Ontario, Canada will be highlighted in a new online regional geo-tourism initiative aimed to increase tourism which features in-depth website and smartphone applications.

This project allows users to create custom travel plans and find information about communities of interest. Event organizers and small businesses can add content to the site.

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

The Heart of the Continent Partnership (HOCP) is partnering with National Geographic Society (NGS) to make this project happen and held an event in Duluth to introduce what’s been done so far with the application. So far over $200,000 has been raised.

“The National Geographic Maps Division is pleased to have the opportunity to spotlight this region and, in doing so, support and sustain it as one of the world’s most treasured places,” Director of Tourism Programs at National Geographic Maps, Jim Dion, said.

The natural, cultural and historical resources of Minnesota and Canada will be highlighted for people around the world with this international tourism agreement.

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