Following the US Congress in Washington and the European Parliament in Brussels, this year the Austrian Parliament will host the conference of the International Forum of Parliamentary Visitor Centers. From 22 to 24 May, around 80 participants from 35 countries will be discussing best-practice models in the public relations work of parliaments under the motto "Innovation Lab 4 Democracy", presenting innovative concepts from their visitor centers.
Launched in 2015 on the initiative of Israel, the forum, as emphasized by Beth Plemmons, head of the Visitor Center at the Capitol in Washington in her inaugural statement, has set itself the goal of fostering cooperation between Parliament's visitor centers and facilitating the exchange of experiences and information , Focal points include educational programs, guided tours, the implementation of new technologies or exhibitions.
Visitor centers are a "pointless, wasteful building type we'd be well rid of."
THE OPENING OF THE $621 million subterranean Capitol Visitor Center in Washington lucidly passed almost unremarked last December.
Ten times the size of the White House, the new visitor center is part of a trend toward "interpretive" interventions in historic precincts.
Volunteers will inform visitors about the effects of fewer rangers, closed roads and trails, and closed visitor centers
that have resulted from park budget cuts.
If there is a better trail to building visitor centers, why don't more parks take it?
When Hurricane Mitch opened up a prison in the port city of La Ceiba, Honduras in 1998, several escaped prisoners scrambled up the Cangrejal River and spent the night in the newly inaugurated visitor center on the boundary of Pico Bonito National Park.
Poas, built more than 20 years ago, has fallen under disrepair, and represents an historical epoch in visitor center design gone by.
The visitor centers exhibits will be open, and interpretive park rangers will be available to provide information, orient visitors to the parks resources and recreational opportunities, and answer questions.
Grand Teton National Parks Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose will open its doors to visitors Monday, March 5.
Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities (SCTA), signed a contract recently for the rehabilitation of a Visitor Center
at the Jarash archaeological site in Asir province.