Philadelphia's Independence Visitor Center and 10 other organizations have collaborated on a computerized touch-screen kiosk program to give visitors information about attractions, accommodations, restaurants and activities across the region.

When a visitor approaches one of the kiosks, one touch leads to a page with eight categories of attractions, events and services in Philadelphia and its four Pennsylvania suburban counties.

"It's a virtual concierge," Holli A. Muffler said yesterday as she demonstrated how to skip through page after page of information available. Muffler is a sales representative for Technology Portals Inc., the Havertown, Delaware County, company that designed and programmed the kiosks.

The $780,000 kiosk program was paid for by the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, the Independence Visitor Center, convention and visitors' bureaus in the five counties, and other groups that promote tourism and economic development.

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