[Source: Lynn Ducey, Phoenix Busniess Journal] — The new Visitor Information Center in downtown Phoenix [made] its formal debut Monday with a public open house. The facility is at 125 N. Second St., inside the Phoenix Convention Center. The joint effort between the Arizona Office of Tourism and the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau is intended to help downtown visitors get their bearings and learn more about what Phoenix, the Valley, and the state have to offer. The center is equipped with nine 50-inch plasma screens programmed to highlight Arizona’s landscapes and tourism offerings. A 43-inch interactive state map helps visitors access location-specific information via a touch screen. They also can research and build travel itineraries at Internet stations. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.