Tourist information system in four languages – digital panels installed in Ishigaki

Tourist information system in four languages - digital panels installed in Ishigaki

On March 15, Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama operates the digital information panel at Ishigaki Airport.

March 26, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 15, digital information panels are now fully operational at three locations in Ishigaki – Ishigaki Airport Terminal, a municipal market and the Remote Island Terminal. The digital panels were set up with funding from the Okinawa Prefectural Government for use in the tourism industry. They are offer information in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.

The digital panels offer information not only on tourist facilities in Yaeyama and restaurants, but for events, typhoon warnings, and about dangerous marine life. They have a 55-inch screen and users can operate them simply by touching the screen. It is possible to see a displayed page on a mobile phone by scanning the QR code.

At the unveiling ceremony held at the airport terminal March 15, Ishigaki Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama stated, “With the completion of new airport, the number of tourists from abroad will increase. We are very grateful for the installation of an information system that can provide details of local events for a range of tourists.”

Shigemi Toma, the chief of the Yaeyama Office of the Okinawa Prefectural Government, read out a message from Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, saying, “The digital panels make it possible to deliver tourism information about Yaeyama much more effectively. The number of foreign tourists is growing these days, so this will help promote tourism on Ishigaki and its neighboring islands.”

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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