A Touchscreen to the West
By Caoimhe Quinn
A NEW digital tourism information touchscreen has been installed at Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich.
The hi-tech digital touchscreen, which is the tenth to be rolled out by Visit Belfast, contains instant access and information to more than 800 tourism products, including visitor attractions, accommodation, and tours.
Harry Connolly, Chief Executive of Fáilte FeirsteThiar – which promotes tourism in West Belfast – said the revamped tourist service provides a positive showcase of what the heart of the Gaeltacht Quarter and surrounding areas have to offer. “The new tourist information point is a partnership between Fáilte Feirste Thiar, An Chultúrlann, Visit Belfast and Belfast City Council,” he explained.
“This new screen and accompanying map will connect our local tourism offering here in The Gaeltacht Quarter and West Belfast with the wider city message. The screen is powered by Visit Belfast. It is bi-lingual and will soon become multi-lingual encouraging and engaging with visitors from right across the world in their first language. The screen has been live since before the St Patrick’s Day weekend and was very popular with locals and visitors alike. The screen and map highlight local attractions, events, pubs, hotels, hostels, retail, clubs and restaurants encouraging visitors to maximise their stay in the west of the city.”
Visit Belfast Chair, Howard Hastings, added that the initiative ensures that the economic impact of tourism in Belfast is maximised at a local level right across the city.
“This dynamic new digital tourism resource will deliver real benefits for locals and visitors alike, bringing them instantly up to speed with what’s happening and what’s on across the city and further afield,” he said.
At the unveiling of the new state-of-the-art screen MP Paul Maskey said he was delighted at the partnership between the organisations resulting in a ‘great initiative’ in the heart of the Gaeltacht Quarter.