Nov 1, 2011 | Les nouvelles d’Ottawa L’industrie des festivals et des événements
Budget considerations partly responsible
Ottawa’s only tourist information centre will be closing this week, with tablet-toting information officers and a more modest kiosk set to take its place.
Staff at the Capital InfoCentre across from Parliament Hill have helped more than 325,000 people a year find their way and book hotel rooms.
Andy Rajagopalan is one tourist who found the info centre useful.
“We saw the info centre and thought it would be a good place to find our bearings,” said Rajagopalan, who was visiting with his wife from North Carolina.
“It was awesome, there’s a very nice map. You have a button you can push, and it shows you where the building you want to go is.”
But the National Capital Commission says finances and a need to modernize visitor services are forcing the closure of the information centre, effective Tuesday.
Read more on the CBC News website: Ottawa’s only tourist centre to close