Just in time for the summer tourism season, an innovative device is coming to the area, offering visitors to Marquette County a comprehensive single source for travel information.
A new interactive kiosk should be going into operation later this summer.
The?Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau is currently at work collecting information for the kiosk from local businesses, attractions and special events.
The kiosk will be set up inside the entryway of the Michigan Department of Transportation's Marquette Welcome Center, along U.S. 41 between Marquette and Harvey.
The entryway is left open around the clock - even when the visitor center is closed - so the kiosk will be available to anyone at any time.
An interactive touch display will allow visitors to plan a personalized itinerary for their stay in the county. The database is slated to hold information on county trail networks, eateries, accomodations, shopping areas and other activities.
The kiosk will also provide information on festivals and special events scheduled during the tourists' visits.
CVB officials say the kiosk will be easy to navigate and as simple as using a smart phone. We'd add that it will help travelers who don't have easy access to a mobile device find their way to the info they need to make their stay here more fun.
Ohio-based company Lunar Cow and local design firm Elegant Seagulls are working to get the kiosk up and running, The CVB is in the process of collecting and organizing content for the kiosk, so it's not too late for area businesses to get in on the project.
Businesses in Marquette County have about a month to submit their information to www.travelmarquettemichigan.com in order to be included in the kiosk when it boots up - the scheduled first day of use is set for the end of June. Participating in the program is free.
There's a lot going on in Marquette County, and the new kiosk sounds like a great way to get the word out to visitors.