QCA launches geotourism website


MOLINE, Illinois (KWQC) – In the QCA there are many sites and sounds along the Mississippi River. In order to show people just how much there is to do along the river, National Geographic created a website with the help of partners.

One of those partners was Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, but this website isn’t just about the Quad Cities. The website premiered nationally September. 14, 2016, but Wednesday, October, 12, 2016 the Quad Cities will be the first of five regions to launch the website.

The website took two years to complete and thousands of “nominations” from city officials and even residents.

“You will find information about all the thousands of sites along the Mississippi river,” said President and CEO of Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, Joe Taylor. “The idea being that we are promoting the river as a single destination and this will be a one stop shop for getting information on a trip or a potential trip to the Mississippi. For the Quad Cities that means we have the chance to reach a much larger audience, literally an international audience.”

The site focuses on geotourism. According to the website that means, “Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographic character of a place, its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.”

The concept is to let the people who live in the community to tell others about their local sites.

“The goal is to increase tourism.The goal is that everybody understands everything there is to see and do along the Mississippi River,” said Taylor. “It’s also an educational tool to tell more about the river and what there is to see and do. But really one of the main differences of this project, [there’s] not a magazine or a writer coming in and writing about what they see and what think. This is all about Quad Citians telling their story.”

These entries include places to go, where to stay, and things to do. In the Quad Cities this includes places like the I-80 Trucking Museum in Walcott, Iowa, the Putnam in Davenport, Iowa, and Lagomarcino’s in Moline, Illinois .

If you would like to nominate a site in your area all you have to do is create an account on the website and  fill out a nomination form.

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