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ohmic



Joined: 07 Nov 2006
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Location: Winnipeg

PostPosted: Feb 08, 2007 11:26 pm    Post subject: Geocaching and Tourism Reply with quote

After reading the past meeting minutes I came upon something that was mentioned and minuted from the Stuntman
"Geocaching and Tourism Inquiries
Lots of requests, about how to use geocaching to increase tourism. Can only really show them how to do caches, it’s up to them to place the caches, etc.
Do we want to do something like we get together with Manitoba Tourism and do a general workshop on Tourism and Geocaching and them come to us, i.e. have a conference meeting later on, say 6 or 7 months down the road…"

I was at a Travel Manitoba Tourism conference today and attended some of the workshops and seminars. Geocaching is the buzzword. It's everywhere!
Communities are asking how to be more involved, how to place caches, some are even writing grant proposals for placing caches in their areas and having presenters come in their communities to get them started.
I know of a few great initiatives in the province such as Caching Riding Mountain as well as some workshop done by Rythm Master but I was surprised that even today, many people in the touris industry are not aware of a Manitoba Geocaching organization.
I think that if we worked closely with the tourism industry and Travel MB, not only do we get benefit by having more caches for us to find but also provide better caches and caching experience for visitors exploring a region.
Any thoughts?
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prokhor



Joined: 27 Nov 2006
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Location: Manitoba-Interlake

PostPosted: May 14, 2007 6:53 pm    Post subject: Geocaching and tourism Reply with quote

I'm willing to be the contact between MBGA and MB Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) With the rural initiatives mandate, tourism in rural manitoba is one of the department projects.
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lizardo



Joined: 02 Sep 2005
Posts: 497
Location: Winnipeg

PostPosted: May 14, 2007 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's contact such as this and the inevitable subsequent information sharing, such as prokhor's response is one of the most effective ways to grow the awareness of the organization.
With ohmics infulence as a member of the executive, we are able to greatly increase our sphere of contact as he is so well connected to the media and tourism groups.
Combine that with the recent and ongoing interest in geocaching by the outlying tourism groups, and I think you will realize that we will be busier than we would ever imagine before too long. Which, I suppose will come with it's own challenges..
We should make sure that we are getting the word out that we are available to act as a local information source for these organizations. The recent media spots on radio, tv, and in the paper this Sunday, will help there.
Could the PR group send out an e-mail to the appropriate contacts at a few tourism groups to inform them of our presence? The folks at Tourisme Riel have really been busy placing caches and promoting the activity, we caould talk to them about perhaps pointing them out as an example of a successful initiative. Ashern and other chambers have a few caches out as well.

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prokhor



Joined: 27 Nov 2006
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Location: Manitoba-Interlake

PostPosted: May 31, 2007 9:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Geocaching and tourism Reply with quote

prokhor wrote:
I'm willing to be the contact between MBGA and MB Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) With the rural initiatives mandate, tourism in rural manitoba is one of the department projects.


I have discussed the above with my Manager and coworkers from around the province and everyone likes the idea of MAFRI being a contact for rural Manitoba.

Therefore I am volunteering my services if people need help researching land owners, where crown lands are, and who to contact about Geocaching in the rural parts of the province.

To contact me:

Chris Hornby, Rural Leadership Specialist
North Interlake GO Team
Arborg, MB
204-641-1456
chris.hornby@gov.mb.ca
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MuStash



Joined: 07 Sep 2006
Posts: 108
Location: Winnipeg

PostPosted: Aug 21, 2007 4:30 pm    Post subject: CAA Manitoba article on geocaching Reply with quote

I just received my Fall 2007 Manitoba edition of the CAA magazine. There is an excellent article in it called "Hidden Treasure: Exploring with GPS". The article is cleverly cached within the magazine in a section called "Going Places" which is not referenced in the magazine's Contents. See if you can find it. Very Happy

Compliments to everyone involved with creating this very well done article. Applause
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