Visitor’s bureau installs kiosk in downtown Springfield

The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has installed the first of a handful of kiosks in downtown Springfield to direct residents toward restaurants and local tourist attractions.

“The kiosk is part of a branding and way-finding initiative being undertaken by the CVB to let both visitors, and residents alike, know what we have to offer in terms of shopping, dining, attractions and recreational opportunities,” said Chris Schutte, director of marketing for the CVB and the Chamber of Greater Springfield.

The first kiosk is in place in front of the Heritage Center and includes map to shopping, restaurants and attractions like the Springfield Museum of Art. Additional kiosks will be installed throughout the city over the next year, but the initial location near the Heritage Center was designed to provide information to guests staying at the Courtyard by Marriott and other visitors who visit the city for conventions.

“The downtown map on the north side of the kiosk amplifies the point that our downtown area contains any number of amenities that are within walking and or biking distance,” Schutte said.

Panels near the bottom of the kiosk can be used to advertise area businesses, events and attractions, and can be regularly switched out, Schutte said. The kiosks will also highlight other areas outside of downtown, including the Westcott House and Buck Creek State Park, as well as area bike trails.

The kiosks are estimated to cost $5,000 each and are being paid for by the visitor’s bureau.