Quad Cities Tourist Kiosks

August  20, 2013

Tourists in the Quad Cities can now use a digital tour guide to show them around. Tuesday the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau unveiled a new interactive touch-screen kiosk that can point someone toward events and attractions in the area.

Vice President for Visitor Services, Margo McInnis, said nine Tourist Assistance Portal Kiosks are already installed at high-traffic locations in the Quad Cities region.

"We wanted to make sure that we were in major locations," said McInnis, "Where people are coming into the Quad Cities, that they would have immediate access to information about the Quad Cities region."

Locations include the Rivercenter in Davenport, the Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf, Iowa 80 Truck Stop in Walcott, the iWireless Center in Moline, and Jumer's Casino in Rock Island.

The kiosks cost around 100-thousand dollars to install, with the money coming from the sale of the Mississippi Valley Welcome Center by Scott County, Bettendorf, and Davenport. 

Scott County Planning and Development Director, Tim Huey, said this project is a great investment for the Quad Cities.

"We're happy that half the kiosks are located in Illin0is," said Huey. "It's Iowa's money, but we're spending it in Illinois because we want those people in Illinois to come spend their money in Iowa. And so we know we're stronger together as the Quad Cities than we are separately as individual jurisdictions. And that's what makes this community great. We have seven, eight downtowns, but we're one community."

Along with information about local events and businesses, the kiosks will also offer discounts at stores and attractions.