City Councillor of Tourism of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Pablo Barbero, and City Councillor of Central District, María Amador, presented on Tuesday the 19th of November the renewed Tourist Information Office at Parque de San Telmo after a refurbishing that started last October. The improving works carried on this building have enabled to introduce new technology in this tourist service of the city to make the visitors’ experience better.
The reopening of this office is integrated in the City Council’s strategy to adapt the tourist information service to the new communication tools. Its refurbishing was commited to protect the heritage of this historic building and, at the same time, to adapt it to the needs of an ever innovating tourist urban destination.
Pablo Barbero explained that this intervention was “much needed since the Parque de San Telmo is one of the gateways to the city for tourists who arrive from the south of the island and from the airport. It is also the entrance to the borough of Triana and to all its culture, gastronomy and shopping offer.”
The renewal adapts to the requirements of information tools required by the National Integral Plan for Tourism for tourist offices of the 21st Century. In this regard, the PIT of San Telmo square has an iPad Tablet with 3G connection and a credi-card-terminal to ease the access and purchase of excursions, Tourist Bus tickets, LPA Card, guided visits, etc. Another novelty of this building is the sustainable equipment thanks to the outside lighting, whith is time-regulated.
The Tourist Information Office is located at the former Press Kiosk, next to the Hermitage of San Telmo. This building was projected by Eduardo Laforet and built in 1927, is catalogued in the Municipal Heritage as an Artistic Historic Monument. It has an octagonal plan and a façade enclosed by a portico of classical columns with arches in gothic gable.
The outer refurbishing works consisted of repairing and painting the façade and windows; removing the filtering from the dome and adjusting the outer lighting to save energy; installing poster hangers and identification and informative panels and plaques.
In the interior, the furniture has been replaced by a new one which is better looking and information oriented. It suits the needs of the tourist informers and to the new technology tools, as well as to the exhibition of promotional and commercial material. A wooden floor has been installed to enhance the durability and maintenance of the PIT.
New Tourist Office at the Town Hall
Barbero came early with the information about the new tourist information office the capital city will have at the Town Hall before the end of 2013, to complete the network of Tourist Information Offices of the city.
The City Council of Tourism currently counts with an office of Attention to Tourists at the House of Tourism, in Parque Santa Catalina, and four Tourists Information Offices located at Plaza de Canarias, to help cruise-ship passengers; at Hurtado de Mendoza Square and at the Promenade of Las Canteras Beach and the new of Parque San Telmo. Tourist informers have helped 45.700 visitors since January 2013.
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