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NatGeo team promotes Mississippi River tourism
Simon Jones presents website for sharing info with tourists

Representatives of National Geographic, the most recognized brand in the world, came to Columbus Belmont Park on Thursday February 25th to pitch a new program aimed at increasing interest in the Mississippi River. Ten states border the Mississippi River and the team is working its way south through the river counties.

The team came to recruit local officials, tourism spots, business and nonprofits to promote spots along the River. Tourists will be able to find festivals, food, lodging and local color through National Geographic's Mississippi River online site.

National Geographic created an interactive map of the Mississippi River Corridor from the headwaters to the Gulf on an "outstanding website featuring the Mississippi River and its environs" according to an oversized postcard distributed at the informational session.

Simon Jones explained that the interactive site is designed to lead tourists along the River to enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the Mississippi. Jones explained that the Mississippi River is an iconic symbol of America known around the world.

Attending the meeting were representatives of campgrounds, parks and local businesses. Chambers of Commerce sent directors to take notes on how to use the site to promote their area.

Shown at right, Terry Eastin of the Big River Strategic Initiative is the contact person for Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri. Terry offered to help anyone interested in listing a place or event along the River. Contact Terry at terryeastin@att.net or teastin@br-si.org

On Facebook go to MississippiRiverConnectsUsAll.

To submit a festival, business, artist, event, story, music or recreation site, go to MississippiRiver.NatGeoTourism.com

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