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Olympic Visitors Get [De]toured

Local Vancouver Map Projects The Bigger Picture

Vancouver, BC (February 8th, 2010) Vancouver [de]Tour Guide 2010 is a collaborative mapping project that will present unexpected views of Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. As the host city of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver has attracted global attention and expects unprecedented numbers of new tourists to the city. While recent media coverage surrounding the Olympics has offered some critique of massive expenditures for security and inadequate housing options for the homeless,  no attention has been directed at how Vancouver is being represented through the media. We are excited to offer visitors a unique and unparalleled perspective of our home city.

Vancouver [de]Tour Guide 2010 is inviting residents to post historical, political and social information onto an interactive map accessed through our website at vancouvertourguide2010.com. Trained volunteers have been gathering input from citizens, special interest groups and community organizations and will continue to add new data to the map throughout the duration of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Visitors to the region will access this map when using the internet to search for tourist information, sites of interest and facts about Vancouver history and culture. The map will be further promoted through a variety of social media including Twitter, Facebook and WordPress.

This project has been initiated by a group of concerned residents, activists and artists who question how Vancouver has been represented by Olympic organizers. It is expected that this action will not only provide opportunities for both Vancouver residents and visitors to access a broad range of factual information about the city, but that Vancouver [de]Tour Guide 2010 will inspire similar mapping projects at future Olympic events.

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