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December 30, 2013

County Launches Tourism I-Map for Visitors and Residents

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Tourism Office has launched a new interactive map (iMap) that allows prospective visitors and local residents to create their own customized itinerary for visiting hundreds of places in Oswego County.

The iMap is a computerized map linked to the Oswego County tourism web site at visitoswegocounty.com. Designed to be a mobile-friendly tool, it contains more than 500 properties or points of interest, including places to stay, eat, shop, and explore with location details and links to web sites.

"The iMap provides quick access to information on destinations throughout Oswego County," said David Turner, director of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. "It allows you to create your own itinerary and customize it to your interests, such as museums, fishing spots, farm markets, shopping and eating. You can share the map with friends, print it out, and access it from anywhere there is internet service."

County Legislator Louella LeClair, chair of the Legislature's Economic Development and Planning Committee during 2013, District 25, Fulton, said the iMap provides a valuable tool for people who are already planning trips to visit Oswego County as well as local residents.

"People can choose from several categories to find places to visit and plan their trip - from museums to campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, racetracks, u-pick farms, restaurants and beaches - to name a few," said Legislator LeClair. "The map feature allows you to create a customized itinerary and plan your route from start to finish." There is no charge for Oswego County businesses and attractions to be included on the iMap.

"The iMap contains information already in our tourism database such as internet links, photographs and social media sites," said Faith O'Brien, tourism assistant. "We ask businesses and attractions to look at the iMap and contact our office if we are missing any information, so that we can provide the most accurate and up-to-date information for Oswego County visitors and residents. We're also working to make sure that the locations of points of interest are accurately placed on the map." Anyone who would like to submit information for the iMap may e-mail the county tourism office at tourism@oswegocounty.com, or call O'Brien at 349-8322. The map was created by the county tourism staff in partnership with Lunar Cow Design of Akron, Ohio.

Turner said the Tourism Office is also working on a fishing app for mobile phones which will be released soon. The department has also developed a free snowmobiling app which displays businesses and points along more than 360 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in Oswego County. The snowmobile app, which has experienced several thousand downloads already, was developed in partnership with Mohawk Valley GIS and is available at www.nysnowmobilewebmap.com.

Faith O'Brien, tourism assistant with the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, demonstrates the department's new tourism iMap for the County Legislature's Economic Development and Planning Committee.The map contains more than 500 places to visit in Oswego County. There is no charge for businesses to be listed on the map.


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