Each day, millions of tourists around the world find themselves in a new city, and ask themselves the same three basic questions: “Where should I go?”, “What should I do?”, and “How should I get there?” Well, now instead of spending hours staring at books and screens, ordinary tourists can instantly transform into extraordinary travelers thanks to the innovative new no-cost app: izi.TRAVEL Audio Guide.
Created by IZITEQ and available from the App Store, Google Play, and the Windows Phone Store, izi.TRAVEL — which is pronounced “easy travel” — is a multilingual storytelling platform that features over 1200 unique audio tours of more than 300 cities in 50 countries, including destinations in The Netherlands, England, Scotland, Greece, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Russia, Italy, Austria, Australia, and several others.
All kinds of tourists — including individuals, couples, families, small groups, and business travelers — simply launch the audio guide that captures their interest, and listen as a local storyteller comes alive on their smartphone and points them to “hidden gems” nearby. Enhancing the experience are integrated maps, videos, text, pictures, quizzes, and the app’s tourist-driven rating and review system. Plus, izi.TRAVEL features over 500 museum guides, which makes it indispensable for tourists who want to get the most out of their cultural experience.
What’s more, tourists who are worried about costly roaming charges have nothing to fear, because izi.TRAVEL features an offline mode. As such, they can download the audio guides they wish before they hop in the car, plane, train, boat or bus, and enjoy them when they reach their destination.
Plus, the app’s GPS tracking allows tourists to launch a desired audio guide and forget about their smartphone, as the “story” automatically changes based on their location. They can launch audio guides via their smartphone’s QR code reader (such as while visiting a cultural center, etc.), and communicate with family, friends, fans and followers via the app’s built-in social media sharing.
At the same time, izi.TRAVEL enables millions of people around the world to share their love of a specific city or destination; whether they happen to be a resident, a frequent visitor, or a fellow tourist who has come across something exciting that is worth sharing. Museums, heritage organizations, cultural associations, city marketing organizations, and other groups can also create content that enriches the experience of their guests, visitors and patrons.
“We strongly believe that great stories significantly improve travel experiences and museum visits, because they help people learn about new places and cultures in an extraordinary, memorable way,” commented Raoul Milhado of IZITEQ. “Our app is like having a trusted friend at each new destination who can’t wait to share their unique stories about a place they love! Finally, tourists can stop staring at books and screens, and truly, spontaneously enjoy what’s around them”.
izi.TRAVEL, the innovative new no-cost app that turns ordinary tourists into extraordinary travelers, is available now from the App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/app/izi.travel-tourist-audio-guide/id554726752, from Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=travel.opas.client, and from the Windows Phone Store at http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/izi-travel/d83847c4-012d-4d9b-91c1-c13dc807faa1.
Additional app information, including a video demo and examples of city tours, is available at http://izi.travel.
IZITEQ is a multinational Amsterdam-based company founded in 2011. The company develops infrastructures that provide heritage institutions and other content providers with a no-cost, open mobile audio guide technology that makes exploring museums and cities more inspiring and enriching for visitors and travellers.
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