UFS promotes digital vacationer itineraries in São Cristóvão

Division of Tourism’s enlargement undertaking takes on historic, cultural and vacationer details about the fourth oldest metropolis within the nation

Based in 1590, the town of São Cristóvão – 20 km away from Aracaju – was the primary capital of Sergipe and is the fourth oldest metropolis within the nation. Nevertheless, even with its socio-historical significance and proximity to the capital, it’s nonetheless an under-explored vacationer vacation spot even by Sergi individuals.

There are a number of causes, from the shortage of insertion of the Historical past and Geography of Sergipe in primary training to the timid construction of the resort and gastronomic sectors of the municipality, for instance, however with the pandemic and the disaster within the tourism sector worldwide – Brazil had a 41% lower in nationwide journey in response to IBGE -, there was a hitherto sudden demand: digital tourism.

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

Thus, in full social isolation, a number of cities had been proven to individuals from all around the world and this led the professor of the Division of Tourism of the Federal College of Sergipe Cristiane Alcântara Campos to develop the extension undertaking “Digital vacationer routes: figuring out São Cristóvão with out depart the home”.

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

“Though it’s not a metropolis so explored by Sergipe individuals, São Cristóvão has a formidable potential for the tourism sector, for the whole lot it represents for Sergipe and for Brazil. Thus, in the course of the pandemic, with leisure actions restricted to the digital atmosphere, we determined to take vacationer itineraries, already developed in a earlier undertaking, for individuals to have distant entry to details about the town’s heritage and cultural belongings, which it’s a historic heritage,” explains the professor.

The project coordinator, professor Cristiane Alcântara, explains that the virtual itinerary allows a better knowledge of the heritage and cultural assets of the city (Photo: Schirlene Reis / Ascom UFS)
The undertaking coordinator, professor Cristiane Alcântara, explains that the digital itinerary permits a greater data of the heritage and cultural belongings of the town (Picture: Schirlene Reis / Ascom UFS)

She emphasizes that the enlargement undertaking just isn’t supposed to switch native tourism, however to offer subsidies in order that residents and potential vacationers know what to seek out and learn how to get round when visiting the town.

“The undertaking arose because of a collective demand for the usage of digital platforms and is a help for native tourism, not a substitute. By way of the narration of the situations, made by a pupil of the world, and thru the displacement made by the geotechnologists, it’s doable to grasp why São Cristóvão was chosen as the primary capital of the state, the change of its headquarters, its sacred constructions, significance for the financial system of the area, and so forth. With this data, the customer will develop into extra conscious of this state of affairs and will definitely take higher benefit of this itinerary and the town”, says Cristiane.

It was exactly the curiosity in vacationer itineraries that made UFS Biology graduate Elayne Silva Lima begin a second diploma in Tourism and take an curiosity within the enlargement undertaking. Based on her, who lends her voice to the screenplays, learning the town of São Cristóvão gave her new views on the world and the occupation.

The project uses free geotechnologies such as Google Maps and Street View (Photo: Schirlene Reis / Ascom UFS)
The undertaking makes use of free geotechnologies akin to Google Maps and Road View (Picture: Schirlene Reis / Ascom UFS)

“The start of the pandemic confirmed some weaknesses in the best way tourism was introduced to the inhabitants till then. There was no discuss of tourism with out bodily journey and, with social isolation and the impossibility of leaving residence, different alternate options, akin to digital itineraries, needed to be created and gained significance,” explains the scholar.

She additionally says that, aside from learning on the college, she has by no means been to the town of São Cristóvão to go to it for tourism and that her participation within the undertaking was essential to deconstruct some stereotypes.

“Even residing and learning so shut, I had by no means visited the historic middle of the town, the church buildings and different buildings, which made me notice that it was a giant waste, as a result of the town has loads so as to add to the popularity of Sergipanity. So having the ability to voice the scripts gave me, along with tutorial data, a recognition of the place I’m and the college itself,” says Elayne.

"A city becomes touristic only when it is valued by the citizens
“A metropolis turns into touristic solely when it’s appreciated by its residents”, emphasizes Professor Antônio Carlos Campos, assistant coordinator of the undertaking (Picture: Schirlene Reis)

For UFS Division of Geography professor Antônio Carlos Campos, assistant coordinator of the undertaking, the initiative goals to energise each the occupation of tourism and geographer, particularly by supporting free geotechnologies.

“Using free software program for the spatialization and georeferencing of those itineraries, the identification of historic monuments and vacationer areas, is a spotlight on this undertaking, 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 the work of execs. Thus, the undertaking of figuring out São Cristóvão from a distance provides the educational and exterior communities the data of its heritage, since a metropolis turns into a vacationer solely when it’s valued by residents”, the professor emphasizes.

To take part

Presently, digital vacationer itineraries are introduced to events by way of the Google Meet platform. To take part, stakeholders should fill out a type and anticipate the presentation dates.

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