RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore unveiled the Virtual
Visitor Center, a multistation, computer-based kiosk that will be
installed at welcome centers and rest areas.
Through the kiosks, motorists will be able to book hotels and
golf tee times, find out weather and road conditions, print
directions and view videos of attractions.
They will feature touch screens and high-speed Internet access,
which will link to Virginia Tourism Corp.'s Web site at http://www.vatc.org.
The kiosks, available 24 hours a day, will be installed in the
state's 10 manned welcome centers and 31 unmanned rest stops during
the next six years.
The first, a prototype model developed by VTC and Virginia's
transportation department, is expected to be installed at the
Carlson rest stop, off Interstate 95 near Petersburg, in April.
Gilmore said plans also are under way to upgrade and rebuild the
welcome centers and rest stops.