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MUSCATINE, Iowa — A free informational meeting about the National Geographic Mississippi Geotourism Project will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at the Environmental Learning Center, 3300 Cedar St.

Participants can learn how to increase exposure for free by co-branding their organization, business, attraction, destination, event, etc. with National Geographic.

Geotourism is defined by National Geographic as “Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographic character of a place — its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents.”

The meeting will be held by the Muscatine Convention and Visitors Bureau along with other Muscatine area representatives who were at the two-day meeting held by the National Geographic Society in Moline, Illinois, in early March.

The project is a map-based or “MapGuide” website that utilizes nominations or listings — similar to a Facebook Page — created by local organizations, businesses and residents to map the best travel experiences, stories and businesses along the Mississippi River. Check out the website or go ahead and complete your nomination on your own at mississippiriver.natgeotourism.com.

Bring a laptop for CVB members to help with nominations after the presentation. Nominations should represent what is unique and authentic about Muscatine County.

Those nominations that are approved by National Geographic and the Geotourism council will be listed on the website and will be designated as a National Geographic Geotourism site.

Those planning to attend should contact Muscatine CVB Director Nick Cusick at ncusick@muscatineiowa.gov or 563-272-2534 by noon Tuesday, May 12. 

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