NEW YORK -- Aiming to simplify visitor access to information about
this city's tourism offerings, the New York Convention &
Visitors Bureau opened a high-tech Visitor Information Center
at 810 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street.
The bureau said the 2,200-square-foot center will serve as a
"one-stop shopping" source of information on everything from
cultural institutions and sightseeing tours to restaurants and
The center contains touch-screen kiosks that use Web-based
technology to give visitors up-to-date information on the city's
attractions and events, accompanied by detailed maps. There is no
charge to use the kiosks, which also sell general admission tickets
to the city's top attractions.
The bureau is planning to establish 20 additional kiosks in the
five boroughs, but locations for these have not yet been
A prominent feature of the center is an eight-foot-by-24-foot
video screen that presents a continuous stream of information and
tidbits about the city. The center is staffed with multi-lingual
"tourism information counselors," an American Express counter, an
ATM and a store that sells official New York City merchandise.