Submitted by Oswego County
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 website at www.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,” he said. “You can share the map with friends, print it out, and access it from anywhere there is internet service.”
Former County Legislator Louella LeClair, R-Fulton, former chair of the Legislature’s Economic Development and Planning Committee during 2013, said the iMap provides a valuable tool for people who are already planning trips to visit Oswego County as well as local residents.
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,” she said. “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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 also has developed a free snowmobiling app, which includes information about the 360 miles of groomed trails in the county.
The snowmobile app, which has experienced several thousand downloads already, was developed in partnership with Mohawk Valley GIS and is available at http://www.nysnowmobilewebmap.com/smartphone.htm.