National Geographic to roll out Mississippi River travel site

It took a year and a half to complete, and more than 2,000 attractions submitted

By Gretta Patrick |

Published 10/12 2016 05:24AM

Updated 10/12 2016 07:07AM

The Quad Cities is going global with the help of National Geographic. Their Mississippi River Geotourism Project is finally finished. They're rolling out the finished product at a news conference Wednesday at noon. 
It took more than 2,000 businesses nominating themselves for the website, and more than a year and a half before went live in September. Now, it's time to spread the word about it. 
On the site's front page, the headlining photo is of the Centennial bridge. 
The site features towns along the whole Mississippi River. The Quad Cities, however, is the first region to hold a rollout conference.
The website itself is an interactive site that highlights the unique attractions along the Mississippi River.
Quad Cities Convention And Visitors Bureau President And C.E.O. Joe Taylor says the website is a great tool for big and small businesses to promote themselves, now on a global level.
"National Geographic is such a strong credible name in travel journalism, so the fact that we are able to put their name to our project is awesome....This is the real culture, the real authenticity that the Midwest offers. The hospitality of the Mississippi River, and so that will come through with this, with the new website," Taylor said. 
The Mississippi River travel site is the 20th geotourism project National Geographic has created. Taylor says it's meant to be a one-stop-shop for tourists.
At Wednesday's conference, National Geographic representative Jim Dion will focus on why geotourism is so popular. 
"This is why geotourism is important. Visitors today are looking for what is real and authentic. They want to see the real Main Street of America, not neccessarily the re-creation that's in Disney World. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but if you want to see real Main Street America, you come to Iowa and Illinois, and experience here," Taylor said.  
Wednesday's regional rollout conference starts at noon at iWireless center. Taylor also told us the website is constantly accepting new submissions.
If any businesses have not submitted themselves to the site, but still want to be a part of it, you can submit your attraction to

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