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Following a visit to the Abaco Cham­ber of Commerce in March regarding the Small and Medium Size Enterprises De­velopment Bill (SMEDA), Tonya Cargill- Adderley, principal of Contact Excellence Consulting, returned to Abaco on Nov.1. Cargill-Adderley was accompanied by Maria Lucia Prinz, a National Geo­graphic representative, for a presentation at the Office of the Prime Minister in the Government Complex. This time the focus was on The Bahamas Geotourism Out Is­lands Program for National Geographic’s Interactive MapGuide.

National Geographic promotes Geotourism Project to Out Islands only

NatGeo on Abaco

Following a visit to the Abaco Cham­ber of Commerce in March regarding the Small and Medium Size Enterprises De­velopment Bill (SMEDA), Tonya Cargill- Adderley, principal of Contact Excellence Consulting, returned to Abaco on Nov.1.

Cargill-Adderley was accompanied by Maria Lucia Prinz, a National Geo­graphic representative, for a presentation at the Office of the Prime Minister in the Government Complex. This time the focus was on The Bahamas Geotourism Out Is­lands Program for National Geographic’s Interactive MapGuide.

The Bahamas is leading the pack as the first country in the region to have a NatGeo Geotourism Website, and the program is only being offered to the Out Islands.

Cargill-Adderley reminded the audi­ence that SMEDA ensures that small busi­nesses receive support through several components that have legislative, funding and partnership ties. Turning the presenta­tion over to Prinz, a definition for Geotour­ism was given.

“Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographic character of a place, its environment, culture, aesthetics, heri­tage, and the well-being of its residents,” she supplied. “Geotourism encompasses a range of travel including culture and heri­tage, history, food, nature, the outdoors, water, music and arts.”

On the partnership note, locals have the opportunity to nominate Bahamian businesses and attractions between Sept.15 to Dec. 15 at:http://www.bahamasgeotour­ism.com. During the development process, Prinz will organize a Geotourism Council comprised of community leaders, histori­ans, environmentalists, business owners, musicians and artists to oversee the proj­ect. The role of the Geotourism Council is to encourage the community to participate in the nomination process and to ensure that diversity of the region is reflected.

There are two types of nominations: attractions and businesses.

For attractions, all residents can share what is unique about their destination and include photos or video to enhance their content. For businesses, someone who is associated with the business or designated as a representative of the business, can add content about the businesses’ products and services.

Nominations can be about a place, natural area, a local or family-owned busi­ness and distinctive wildlife habitats, so that viewers can access contact related to eco-heritage, natural and historic sites, cul­ture, bonefishing locations, blue holes, etc.

Users must create an account to par­ticipate in nominations, and to add content to the Website. Fully funded by National Geographic, the nominations for the Geo­tourism provides The Bahamas with free marketing to approximately 50 million people.

For businesses, they receive informa­tion that shows the location of their visi­tors, so they can focus on that market. Ac­cording to Prinz, some sites have received as much as 40,000 hits in a two to three-week period.

Ahead of the pack, Wynsome Fergu­son of the Abaco Tourist Office and Kaderin Mills from the Bahamas National Trust told Prinz that they had already identified 59 sites on Abaco, and had narrowed their points of interests down to 20 sites, which they have named the Abaco Dis­covery Trail. Prinz was en­couraged by the women’s initiative , adding that NatGeo is looking for volunteers/editors to fact check content and to assist those who are not computer savvy.

Other participants included: Glen Kelly; Keith Bishop; Anita Knowles; Ad­ministrator Preston Cunningham; Marvin Russell; Dwayne Wallas; Stephen Kap­peler; Ann Albury; and Leazona Richard.

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Canishka Alexander

Canishka Alexander was born in New Providence, but spent most of her childhood years on Abaco. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Abilene Christian University.

Although she has accomplished many things in life, her greatest accomplishment is being a mother to her four children. She loves God, her country and people of all cultures.

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