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> Gadget Aims To Help Tourists In Greece
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post Mar 11 2007, 12:17 AM
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f you have ever wandered around a dusty Greek archaeological site in midsummer, clueless about what you are seeing or where you are going, help is finally at hand. Greece's Culture Ministry on Thursday unveiled a hand-held gadget for visitors that offers high-resolution video, detailed diagrams of sites such as ancient temples, position indicators, and imagery along with stereo sound.

The battery-powered, touchscreen devices are about the size and weight of a personal stereo _ weighing just 270 grams, or 9.5 ounces. Instructions come in four languages _ Greek, English, German and French.

The units will be available at 15 sites around the country including the Acropolis and National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Thessaloniki's archaeological and Byzantine museums, Delphi, Rhodes, Olympia, Mycenae, Vergina, Epidaurus and Knossos in Crete.

"We are offering visitors one of the most technologically advanced tourist guides in Europe," Culture Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis said at a news conference.

The cost for assembling and programming 5,000 units came to euro9.5 million.

The system, developed by Siemens and Fujitsu, will first be tested in Thessaloniki and Mycenae and should be available at all sites by summer 2008. Rental prices are yet to be determined, Voulgarakis said.

The ministry also unveiled new automated ticketing systems for 18 major tourist sites, which will cut down on waiting time for visitors.

Greece is expected to draw more than 15 million tourists this year _ more than its total population of around 11 million _ but its famed cultural sites have until now been slow to introduce technological support for visitors, such as the audio guides frequently used at museums abroad.


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awesome, haha.. personally i dont really like tour guides, so this would be alright.


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post Mar 11 2007, 11:34 AM
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bravo ellada.bravo patrida.
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whats wrong with employing more people, since there is a job shortage in greece, to do one on one tours.
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post Mar 14 2007, 11:27 PM
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Probably more cost effective this way and most of them don't speak English as good as us. I found the tour guide's English not fantastic when I went on the acropolis tour.


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QUOTE(ShOrTy @ Mar 14 2007, 09:12 PM) [snapback]86498[/snapback]

whats wrong with employing more people, since there is a job shortage in greece, to do one on one tours.

Bad for the Greek economy to pay say an extra 1000 people 10 euro per hour when a machine will do the same job for only 1 initial capital outlay then maintance... machines don't call in sick either.. well.. not as regularly as people.

Greece's unemployment rate is good, better than the eurozone average. What you want to do is put people in real jobs instead of creating meaningless token jobs... that's terrible for the economy.

The best way to fix unemployment would be to create a stronger manufacturing sector.
Greece has good supplies of steal and bauxite... so it should consider smelting plants and exporting gurders etc..


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