Tech-savvy travelers can take a walking tour of downtown Scottsdale with an expert guide or zip along the Pima Freeway at lightning speed and never get snapped by photo enforcement. And they can do it all from the comfort of a New York City highrise or a rural Illinois farmhouse.

The Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has gone hightech to attract the attention of would-be tourists. The historic downtown and Loop 101 tours are among 15 podcasts that Internet users can view. And if they like what they see, the visitors can download the podcasts to an MP3 device to take along and use as an on-the-spot electronic tour guide when they come to the destination, said Lauren Simons, vice president of marketing for the visitors’ bureau.

The bureau Web site also has an online concierge to answer individual queries about the destination. And super-tech visitors can click to get automatic notifications of news geared toward their personal interests. Plus, the site hosts five blogs, the popular chat format, Simons said.

“It’s a really great way to interact with our customers,” Simons said. “The big trend among travelers now is they want other travelers’ recommendations.”

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