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April 16, 2012
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NEW ECOTOURISM GUIDE PUTS LOUISIANA WETLANDS ON THE MAP
New wave of visitors seeking adventures with nature now possible
NEW ORLEANS, LA - Over two years in development, the first maps and guide to promote Louisiana as a world eco-tourism destination are now in tourism centers across the State. This long awaited entry into an important world travel sector, the new guides have been produced by Travel1Green, a collaboration of two brothers from Louisiana, Norman Marmillion, owner of Laura Plantation and board member of Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, and Valsin Marmillion, managing director of America’s WETLAND Campaign to save coastal Louisiana.
“We see thousands of visitors to Louisiana each year at Laura Plantation who want to extend their visits by having prepared itineraries to view one of the planet’s most exotic natural places in South Louisiana,” said Norman Marmillion. “Around the world, places with far less to offer are garnering the profitable eco-tourism market. With so much attention focused on Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands in the last decade, people are curious to see us first hand, up close and personal.”
The Travel Green Wetland Tour, Louisiana, is divided into four separate routes, Prairie Coast (Southwest Louisiana), Atchafalaya Basin (Acadiana), Bayou (Southeast Louisiana), and Mississippi River Delta (River Region, New Orleans and North of the Lake). Within each route, a visitor can find places to visit, eat, drink and stay. The America’s WETLAND Birding Trail is also a focus where, for the first time, tourists can mix and match visits to nature trails and centers with attractions in smaller communities previously hard to find. With over 300 distinct places to visit with the guide, the traveler can create the tour that best suits their interests and time available for travel.
As stated in the 96-page guide, Linking nature, culture and travelers is the goal of the project. Green is universal symbol for sustaining the planet for future generations. Through nature and culture, the earth offers unexplored experiences that stretch the imagination and kindle the human spirit. With Travel1Green, a member of Sustainable Travel International, as your gateway to a new world of exciting adventures, individuals, groups and families who want to learn about nature through tourism, will populate an untapped and prosperous new market across the great Gulf South.
The challenge to create a first ever eco-tourism guide in the South meant that most all of the sites on the maps required visits and GPS mapping was created so that less traveled roads, where markings may not be obvious, could be located. “We invested in this guide as a means to grow a clean industry for Louisiana,” said Valsin Marmillion. “We like to say capture images, collect memories and cause no footprints as a description for green travel. This tourism economic sector chooses to pass on a relationship with nature to future generations and so the traveler is a coveted group who support saving natural resources, which is critical to the future of Louisiana and its vanishing wetlands,” Marmillion said.The new program has had the support of the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition, visitor bureaus from Louisiana’s coastal communities who have worked to build a coordinated approach to providing visitor access to places as small as a local antique store and as large as the Atchafalaya Basin. To view the new guide and pass it along to friends worldwide, go to www.travel1green.com and download the free copy of the brochure.