- Visitor center
A visitor center, centre (see
spelling differences) or visitor information centre may be:
* A visitor center at a specific attraction or place of interest, such as a
landmark, national park, national forest, or state park, providing information (such as trail maps, and about camp sites, staff contact, restrooms, etc.) and in-depth educational exhibits and artifact displays (for example, about natural or cultural history). Often a film or other media display is used. If the site has permit requirements or guided tours, the visitor center is often the place where these are coördinated.
* A tourist information center, providing visitors to a location with information on the area's attractions,
lodgings, maps, and other items relevant to tourism. Often, these centers are operated at the airportor other port of entry, by the local governmentor chamber of commerce. Often a visitor center is called simply an information center.
In the U.S., a welcome center is a
rest areawith a visitor center, located after the entrance from one state to another stateor in some cases another country, usually along an interstate highway. These information centers are operated by the state they are located in.
In the UK, there is a nationwide network of Tourist Information Centres run by the British Tourist Authority (BTA), represented online by the
VisitBritainwebsite and public relations organisation [ [http://www.visitbritain.com/ VisitBritain website] ] . Other TICs are run by local authorities or through private organisations such as local shops in association with BTA.
The English Tourist Board is a subsidiary part of the British Tourist Authority and promotes domestic tourism under the
Enjoy Englandbanner. [ [http://www.enjoyengland.com/tourist-information/ Enjoy England website page on TICs] ]
* [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iper%C3%BA,_Informaci%C3%B3n_y_Asistencia_al_Turista iperú, Tourist Information and Assistance, the Peru's governement tourist office]
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