New visitor center for tourists


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 Broadway shows.

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 determined.

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.

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