The Division of Tourism’s enlargement venture takes on historic, cultural and vacationer details about the nation’s fourth-oldest metropolis
Town of São Cristóvão, based in 1590 – 20 km from Aracaju – was the primary capital of Sergipe and is the fourth oldest metropolis within the nation. Nonetheless, regardless of its socio-historical significance and proximity to the capital, it’s nonetheless a vacationer vacation spot little explored even by the individuals of Sergipe.
There are a number of causes, from the shortage of inclusion of Sergipe’s historical past and geography in primary training to the timid construction of the municipality’s resort and gastronomic sector, for instance, however with the pandemic and the disaster within the tourism sector worldwide – Brazil noticed a 41% drop in home journey in line with IBGE -, it was right here an sudden demand: digital tourism.
Within the midst of social isolation, a number of cities have develop into seen to individuals around the globe, which led the professor of the Division of Tourism of the Federal College of Sergipe, Cristiane Alcântara Campos, to develop the extension venture “Digital vacationer routes: attending to know São Cristóvão with out leaving the home”.
Created in 2020, the venture makes use of free geotechnologies equivalent to Google Maps and Avenue View, in addition to explanatory texts that seek advice from the importance of town’s architectural, cultural and environmental heritage.
“Though it isn’t a metropolis so explored by individuals from Sergipe, São Cristóvão has enormous potential for the tourism sector, for every little thing it represents for Sergipe and for Brazil. Due to this fact, through the pandemic, when leisure actions had been restricted to a digital setting, we determined to make use of the vacationer routes that had already been developed within the earlier venture, so that folks might have distant entry to details about the heritage and cultural belongings of town, which is a historic heritage.” explains the instructor .
He factors out that the extension venture isn’t meant to interchange native tourism, however to supply subsidies in order that residents and potential vacationers who go to town know what to seek out the place and learn how to transfer round.
“The venture was created based mostly on a collective demand for using digital platforms and is a assist for native tourism, not a substitute. Via the narration of the scripts created by the scholar of the world and the switch made by geotechnologies, it’s attainable to grasp why São Cristóvão was chosen as the primary capital of the state, its change of seat, its sacred buildings, its significance for the economic system of the area, and many others. Due to this data, the customer will likely be higher conscious of this state of affairs and will definitely make higher use of this itinerary and town,” says Cristiane.
It was the curiosity in vacationer itineraries that prompted UFS Biology graduate Elayne Silva Lima to start her second diploma in tourism and develop into within the extension venture. In accordance with her, who lends her voice to the scripts, the research concerning the metropolis of São Cristóvão gave her a brand new perspective on the world and the career.
“The beginning of the pandemic confirmed some weaknesses in the way in which tourism had been introduced to residents till then. There was no discuss of tourism with out bodily displacement, and with social isolation and the impossibility of leaving house, different options equivalent to digital itineraries needed to be created and gained significance,” explains the scholar.
She additionally says that other than attending college, she had by no means been to town of São Cristóvão to go to it for tourism, and that her participation within the venture was essential in deconstructing some stereotypes.
“Although I lived and studied so shut, I by no means visited the historic heart of town, the church buildings and different buildings, which made me understand that it was a terrific disgrace, as a result of town has so much so as to add to the popularity of Sergipanita. So having the ability to converse a script gave me an appreciation for the place I’m and the college itself, along with tutorial data,” says Elayne.
For UFS geography division professor Antônio Carlos Campos, the venture’s assistant coordinator, the initiative seeks to dynamize the tourism career in addition to the geographer, particularly by supporting free geotechnologies.
“The usage of free software program for the spatial and georeferencing of those itineraries, the identification of historic monuments and vacationer areas, is the spotlight of this venture, because it turns into extra accessible to society. As well as, they contribute to interdisciplinary work within the fields of tourism and geography, in addition to to the work of execs. The venture of understanding São Cristóvão at a distance thus supplies the tutorial and exterior group with data of its heritage, as a result of a metropolis solely turns into touristic when its residents worth it,” emphasizes the professor.
In the meanwhile, digital vacationer itineraries are introduced to events through the Google Meet platform. Stakeholders should attend fill in kind and watch for the presentation dates.
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