These centers provide a welcoming environment for travelers to congregate, learn about available tourism products and services in the region, and make reservations. In addition, tourism information centers can provide a space to generate revenue through the sale of merchandise and local handicrafts as well as capture and analyze important traveler information and statistics.
At the crux of the Destination Visitor Center concept is its dual mission. Visitor centers not only provide information and reservation services to travelers, but can also service local tourism suppliers and the greater community. Aside from training the staff of the tourism information centers, Solimar can help destinations congregate groups of destinations stewards to tackle a range of local initiatives—from recycling initiatives to beach clean-ups, to organizing farmers markets and local festivals.
Solimar develops these centers and implements training programs with the goal of providing services to both travelers and suppliers. Solimar understands the role of TIC management is complex. As well as overseeing the daily operations of the center, they are involved with marketing the destination, networking with the local travel trade, planning events, and serving as a liaison with the local community.
Visitor Service is located on Vesterbrogade 4, across the street from the main entrance to Tivoli Gardens and just around the corner from Copenhagen Central Station. The large and bright premises also house one of the city’s best bakeries, Lagkagehuset, where you can buy a cup of coffee, a sandwich or strawberry cake.
On the shelves you will find brochures and the official city map, which is a great tool for getting an overview of Copenhagen and its many attractions. With the map in hand, you will easily and effortlessly locate all the gems of the city. In the middle of the room, you will find inspiration for some of the best places in Copenhagen, and what is happening in the city right now, and then of course there are the friendly and knowledgeable guides, who are ready with personal advice and tour suggestions.
A tourist destination is a city, town, or other area that is dependent to a significant extent on the revenues accruing from tourism, or “a country, state, region, city, or town which is marketed or markets itself as a place for tourists to visit”. It may contain one or more tourist attractions and possibly some “tourist traps.” Siem Reap town for example is a popular tourist destination in Cambodia, mainly owed to its proximity to Angkor temples.
Natural beauty such as beaches, tropical island resorts with coral reefs, hiking and camping in national parks, mountains and forests, are examples of traditional tourist attractions to spend summer vacations. Other examples of cultural tourist attractions include historical places, monuments, ancient temples, zoos, aquaria, museums and art galleries, botanical gardens, buildings and structures (e.g., castles, libraries, former prisons, skyscrapers, bridges), theme parks and carnivals, living history museums, ethnic enclave communities,historic trains and cultural events. Factory tours, industrial heritage, creative art and crafts workshops are the object of cultural niches like industrial tourism and creative tourism. Many tourist attractions are also landmarks.
Tourist attractions are also created to capitalise on legends such as a supposed UFO crash site near Roswell, New Mexico and the alleged Loch Ness monster sightings in Scotland. Ghost sightings also make tourist attractions. Ethnic communities may become tourist attractions, such as Chinatowns in the United States and the black British neighbourhood of Brixton in London, England.
In the US, owners and marketers of attractions advertise tourist attractions on billboards along the side of highways and roadways, especially in remote areas. Tourist attractions often provide free promotional brochures and flyers in information centres, fast food restaurants, hotel and motel rooms or lobbies, and rest area.