Interactive touchscreen kiosk provides visitors with area info
(BINGHAMTON, NY) Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala was joined by Lou Santoni President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Binghamton Chamber’s Convention & Visitors Bureau to unveil the new interactive kiosk installed at the Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM). The kiosk provides information electronically; visitors have area information right at their finger tips and can print directions to destinations.
“The kiosk was established through the use of hotel motel tax dollars,” said Executive Barbara J. Fiala. “Rightfully, these funds are being used to promote our area and local accommodations to visitors landing at BGM. The kiosk is an innovative way to invite people to explore our community and all it has to offer.”
In 2007 the Executive and County Legislature approved a 2% increase in hotel motel taxes to be applied to marketing the area and the redevelopment of brownfields. In 2008, the county collected over $600,000 through the hotel motel tax. Funds have been used to create promotional materials, demolish vacant factories, to carry out land development studies, and other targeted economic development initiatives. Now, the county has added this interactive visitor’s kiosk to the list of investments.
“We feel the kiosk will be another excellent marketing tool for our hospitality partners,” said Lou Santoni, President and CEO of the Broome County Chamber. “The convenient location in the baggage claim area near the Visitors Center will provide visitors with an abundance of tourism information.”
The kiosk was purchased from InnLine for $20,000. Broome County Economic Development in conjunction with the Greater Binghamton CVB is sponsoring the addition of this high tech information source.
“Having the type of information that this kiosk offers will be a real benefit to the thousands of travelers who use the Binghamton Airport annually,” said Commissioner of Aviation Carl Beardsley. “We genuinely appreciate the investment put forth by Broome County and the Chamber to make this service a reality.”