Unfortunately, the visitor information kiosk in Rosslyn isn't innovative or particularly useful. It provides information and directions to Rosslyn-area dining, shopping, attractions (Iwo Jima, etc.), accommodations, services (parking, etc.), and events. That might be useful, but now many persons can get better information and directions through their smart phones.
Unlike good Internet sites, the Rosslyn visitor information kiosks seems to be infrequently updated. Under events, the kiosk is currently showing three events:
- Light Up Rosslyn Ceremony (occurred on Dec. 3, 2009)
- Live Music at Piola by Origem; Brazilian Jazz (occurred from May 31 to July 25, 2009)
- the Marine Corps Marathon Festival (last occurred on Oct. 25, 2009)
An innovative public tourist kiosk would be connected to the web and continually updated with events, business promotions, and entertainment selected through a public, online process. It would have a public function that individual smart phones could not provide. Rosslyn should lead the way in implementing an innovative public tourist kiosk.
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