Brussels offers 'smart' tourists 600 tagged sites

Jun 08, 2012
Residents and tourists enjoy a drink on the terrace of the Brussels Grand Place in 2009. In what it described as a world first, the city of Brussels on Friday launched a hi-tech system that enables tourists or anyone else with a smartphone to scan tags for information at 600 sites.

In what it described as a world first, the city of Brussels on Friday launched a hi-tech system that enables tourists or anyone else with a smartphone to scan tags for information at 600 sites.

Developed by a Belgian firm, the system called "TagTagCity" enables visitors to scan a code on a tag. These tags appear on the walls and windows of museums, monuments, restaurants and shops.

For those without smartphones, small devices can be purchased that enable a user to gather information and download this onto a computer.

"Discovering Brussels is acquiring a whole new dimension," said Christos Doulkeridis, the tourism minister of the city that hosts the and NATO and sees itself as the heart of Europe.

Brussels last year saw 3.1 million visitors, an eight percent increase on 2010, according to tourist office VisitBrussels.

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