Restaurants, bars and cafes across Wales are being given a chance to be listed on the first pan-Wales tourism app and mobile website to be launched during Wales Tourism Week 2012 (February 27– March 3).
The ‘Show Me Wales’ iphone/ipad app and mobile website will be a ‘one stop shop’ for visitors and locals alike, providing a comprehensive guide to things to see and do across the whole of Wales.
Information about attractions, activities, events and places to eat and drink will be available to users, who will also be able to book accommodation directly from their smart phone.
The new services have been developed, with specialist technical support, by the innovative team at Mid Wales Tourism (MWT) in partnership with North Wales Tourism.
MWT is a not for profit organisation representing more than 550 tourism and hospitality businesses across Mid and South Wales.
Restaurants, bars and cafes are being offered an opportunity to advertise their business on the app for a special introductory rate of £49 a year. Their entry will not only include text, images, contact information but also a website/email address, opening hours, pricing and facilities.
The app will be usable inside and outside of Wales, utilising GPS. Once the user is inside Wales, the app will plot and guide a user directly to the requested establishment from where they stand. Businesses wishing to be listed should contact Zoe Hawkins at MWT on Tel: 01654 704093 as soon as possible.
The mobile website -www.showmewales.co.uk - is being launched to complement the app.
“The app and mobile site will be useful for locals and visitors alike,” said MWT’s chief executive Val Hawkins. “It is designed to be used by visitors both pre-visit and whilst they are in Wales. The user-friendly design allows visitors to search, check out what’s ‘around me’ or opt for a featured area, product type or theme.
“It offers a sophisticated search facility so that when a visitor crosses the Welsh border the really clever bit kicks in. Using GPS technology, the app will locate the user and, using Google maps, will plot a range of tourist attractions, activities and even bookable accommodation within a user-specified radius.”
For more information please contact either Val Hawkins, Mid Wales Tourism chief executive, on 01654 702653 or Duncan Foulkes, public relations consultant, on 01686 650818.