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When you travel you will usually encounter tourist offices or visitor’s centers of one type or another
Also known as a visitor information center, tourist information center, this is a physical location that provides tourist information to the visitors who tour the place or area locally. It helps to reduce the jigsaw puzzle of what to see and where to go on a trip. It may be:
- A tourist information center, providing visitors to a location with information on the area’s attractions, lodgings, maps, and other items relevant to tourism. Often, these centers are operated at the airport or other port of entry, by the local government or chamber of commerce. Often a visitor center is called simply an information center.
- A corporate visitor center provides visitors with an easily accessible window into the corporation.
- A visitor center at a specific attraction or place of interest, such as alandmark, national park, national forest, or state park, providing information (such as trail maps, and about camp sites, staff contact, restrooms, etc.) and in-depth educational exhibits and artifact displays (for example, about natural or cultural history). Often a film or other media display is used. If the site has permit requirements or guided tours, the visitor center is often the place where these are coordinated.
These centers are usually used to provide fairly basic information about the place, corporation or event they are celebrating, acting more as the entry way to a place. The role of the visitor center has been rapidly evolving over the past 10 years to become more of an experience and to tell the story of the place or brand it represents. Many have become destinations and experiences in their own right.
The best thing to do to choose places to visit is to collect brochures or booklets of interest and then research interesting events or locations on line.
One of my favorite discoveries doing this was the Gullah Goochie culture of the South Carolina Lowlands.
The Gullah are the descendants of enslaved Africans from various peoples who lived in the Lowcountry regions of the US states of Georgia and South Carolina, in the area of both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands. They developed a creole ethnicity and language that is distinctive among Africans. Descendants of enslaved Africans from the Gullah people also are a majority of the current inhabitants in The Bahamas, who share an almost identical dialect with their cousins.
Historically, the Gullah region extended from the Cape Fear area on North Carolina‘s coast south to the vicinity of Jacksonville on Florida‘s coast. Today the Gullah area is confined to the Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry. The Gullah people and their language are also called Geechee, which may be derived from the name of the Ogeechee River near Savannah, Georgia. Gullah is a term that was originally used to designate the creole dialect of English spoken by Gullah and Geechee people. Over time, its speakers have used this term to formally refer to their creole language and distinctive ethnic identity as a people. The Georgia communities are distinguished by identifying as either “Freshwater Geechee” or “Saltwater Geechee”, depending on whether they live on the mainland or the Sea Islands.
Because of a period of relative isolation from whites while working on large plantations in rural areas, the Africans, drawn from a variety of Central and West African tribes, developed a creole culture that has preserved much of their African linguistic and cultural heritage from various peoples; in addition, they absorbed new influences from the region. The Gullah people speak an English-based creole language containing many African loanwords and influenced by African languages in grammar and sentence structure. Sometimes referred to as “Sea Island Creole” by linguists and scholars, the Gullah language is especially related to and almost identical to Bahamian Creole. There are also ties to Barbadian Creole,Belizean Creole, Jamaican Patois and the Krio language of West Africa. Gullah crafts, farming and fishing traditions, folk beliefs, music, rice-based cuisine, and story-telling traditions all exhibit strong influences from Central and West African cultures.
On a time share visit to Hilton Head we made a short trip to Gullah country. It was one of my best “history” experiences.
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