Tourism info to go

People come to Grand Bend for the beach but soon they'll be able to find out what else there is to do with their smart phones.-Heather Wright Photo

People come to Grand Bend for the beach but soon they’ll be able to find out what else there is to do with their smart phones.
-Heather Wright Photo

Soon you will be able to think of your smart phone as Lambton Shores mobile tourist booth.

Grand Bend Tourism’s Susan Mills says they’re spending $3,100 on a Geo Street Mapping System for the Lake Huron municipality.

“Geo Street Mapping Systems take in all the businesses, all the amenities and attractions and its maps them and it is mobile ready,” says Mills. “Someone coming into the area with a smart phone…they can find what they’re looking for and spending their money here.

“It’s a key way finding tool for tourists.”

Mills adds the system will keep tourists in Lambton Shores as they find attractions they were not aware of before logging into the map.

Mills says the Grand Bend Chamber of Commerce and the Forest Business Improvement Association are working together on the project to make sure as many attractions are mapped as possible. All of the BIA members in Forest, businesses along Highway 21 and all of the Grand Bend Chamber members will be automatically involved. Mills says businesses not represented by either group can also get involved for a small fee.

The project is expected to cost just over $3,100 and should be complete in time for this year’s tourist season. It will be available on the Grand Bend Tourism and Forest BIA’s websites.

Mills says the cost is not huge but “once it’s in place it is something we can build on …it is a tourism services asset.”

– Heather Wright

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