UFS promotes the digital vacationer routes of São Cristóvão

A venture to increase the School of Tourism with historic, cultural and vacationer details about the fourth oldest metropolis within the nation

Based in 1590, town of São Cristóvão – 20 km from Aracaju – was the primary capital of Sergipe and the fourth oldest metropolis within the nation. Nonetheless, even with its socio-historical significance and proximity to the capital, it’s nonetheless a vacationer vacation spot little explored even by the inhabitants of Sergipe.

There are a number of causes, for instance the dearth of inclusion of Sergipe’s historical past and geography in major training to the shy construction of the municipality’s lodge and catering sector, however with a pandemic and a disaster within the tourism sector worldwide – Brazil has seen a 41% drop in home departures in line with IBGE – has emerged unexpectedly up to now demand: digital tourism.

The venture permits digital tourism by way of São Cristóvão, the fourth oldest metropolis in Brazil (Picture: Adilson Andrade / Ascom UFS

On this manner, within the midst of social isolation, a number of cities had been proven to individuals all around the world, prompting the Professor of Tourism on the Federal College of Sergipe Cristiane Alcântara Campos to develop an extension venture “Digital Touring Routes: Attending to Know São Cristóvão with out Leaving House”.

Created in 2020, the venture makes use of free geotechnologies similar to Google Maps and Road View, in addition to explanatory texts that tackle the significance of town’s architectural, cultural and environmental heritage.

“Though it is not a metropolis so explored by Sergipe’s individuals, São Cristóvão has nice potential for the tourism sector, for all the pieces it represents for Sergipe and Brazil. Subsequently, throughout a pandemic, with leisure restricted to a digital surroundings, we determined to take vacationer routes, already developed within the earlier venture, so that folks might have distant entry to details about the heritage and cultural values ​​of town, which is historic heritage, ”explains the trainer.

The project coordinator, Professor Cristiane Alcântara, explains that the virtual tour helps to increase knowledge about the heritage and cultural values ​​of the city (photo: Schirlene Reis / Ascom UFS)
The venture coordinator, Professor Cristiane Alcântara, explains that the digital tour helps to extend data concerning the heritage and cultural values ​​of town (picture: Schirlene Reis / Ascom UFS)

He factors out that the enlargement venture is just not supposed to switch native tourism, however to supply subsidies in order that residents and potential vacationers know what to seek out and methods to get across the metropolis.

“The venture was created due to the collective demand for using digital platforms and is a assist for native tourism, not a substitute. By way of the script narrative created by a scholar of this space and the displacement made by geotechnologies, one can perceive why São Cristóvão was chosen as the primary capital of the state, its relocation, its sacred buildings, its significance to the area’s financial system, and so forth. With this info, the customer will change into extra conscious of this situation and will definitely profit from this tour and town higher, ”says Cristiane.

It was the curiosity in mountain climbing trails that made UFS Biology graduate Elayne Silva Lima enter her second-cycle research in Tourism and got interested within the enlargement venture. In accordance with her, who lends her voice to the scripts, analysis into town of São Cristóvão has given her a brand new perspective on the world and the career.

The project uses free geotechnologies such as Google Maps and Street View (photo: Schirlene Reis / Ascom UFS)
The venture makes use of free geotechnologies similar to Google Maps and Road View (picture: Schirlene Reis / Ascom UFS)

“The onset of the pandemic has revealed some weaknesses in the way in which tourism is offered to the inhabitants up to now. There was no query of tourism with out bodily displacement, and with social isolation and the lack to go away residence, different options, similar to digital routes, needed to be created and extra necessary, “explains the scholar.

She additionally says that, other than her research on the college, she has by no means been to town of São Cristóvão as a vacationer and that her participation within the venture was necessary to debunk some stereotypes.

“Even dwelling and learning so shut, I’ve by no means visited the historic middle of town, church buildings and different buildings, which made me understand that it’s a nice waste as town has rather a lot so as to add in recognition of Sergipanita. Because of this, the potential of talking scripts has introduced me, along with my educational data, recognition of the place the place I’m and the college itself – says Elayne.

“A metropolis turns into touristic solely when it’s appreciated by its inhabitants”, emphasizes prof. Antônio Carlos Campos, Assistant Mission Coordinator (picture: Schirlene Reis)

For UFS professor of geography, Antônio Carlos Campos, Assistant Mission Coordinator, the initiative goals to spice up each the tourism career and the geographer, notably by supporting free geotechnology.

“The usage of free software program to spatialize and georeference these routes, establish monuments and tourism areas, is the spotlight of this venture because it turns into extra accessible to the general public. As well as, they contribute to interdisciplinary work within the discipline of tourism and geography, in addition to the work of pros. Thus, the venture of distant exploration of São Cristóvão supplies the tutorial neighborhood and exterior data about its heritage, as a result of a metropolis turns into touristic solely when it’s appreciated by its residents – emphasizes the professor.

Take part

In the intervening time, digital vacationer routes are offered to events through the Google Meet platform. To take part, events should: full the shape and anticipate the presentation dates.

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