A free app that uses your real-time location to play immersive audio tours and guides has launched in Plymouth.
Visitors can now experience the city’s history, geography, myths and legends as they stroll through Britain's Ocean City with the Epic England walking trail.
It plays through an app called Geotourist and provides the listener with an immersive audio guide of their current location.
The award-winning Geotourist team has worked in partnership with the University of Plymouth to launch the storytelling trail. Tourism students have been busy recording the programme in English and Chinese languages, so that visitors can easily listen to the stories of the sites around them.
Geotourist provides digital audio tours across the world through its app and the Epic England trails feature Plymouth and eight other destinations in the country.
Plymouth is dotted with defining moments in history that have been digitally brought to life via the Geotourist audio app.
From the much-loved and restored lido to the site of Drake’s bowling game at Plymouth Hoe, the city is home to a rich maritime history, acting as the final farewell point for the Founding Fathers as they set out for the New World.
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Through the Epic England audio tours, Geotourist and partners have captured these stories digitally and preserved them for today and tomorrow, protecting local content for generations to come.
The Epic England project capitalises on Geotourist’s already existing audio guide app technology and extensive network of partnerships with English tourist boards, destinations, attractions and organisations, as well as our extensive network of global digital audio tours.
The tours will help attract visitors by moving in-country visitors between English destinations, with the key aim of inspiring inbound tourism to the UK. Ultimately, Epic England has been developed to help visitors make the most out of their visit, delivering free-to-use tours via a free-to-download app and mobile site.
Shaon Talukder, CEO, of Geotourist said: “We are proud to deliver Epic England and we are delighted to be working with the University of Plymouth’s tourism students. To us at Geotourist, it is wonderful that the travel and tourism professional of the future as able to contribute in such a meaningful way to phase one of the Epic England project.
“Plymouth really is an exceptional city, which brings together culture, history and heritage. The Epic England tours are a collection of moments that stop you in your tracks when your brain makes a connection – scientifically, this is neural networking but to you and I, it’s that ‘Wow’ moment that stays with you.
“Sharable over social media, the Epic England tours can be listened to on location, or from anywhere in the world and be shared with family and friends, just like a postcard. The potential for global reach is undeniably real and simple.”
Rong Huang, Associate Professor In Tourism Marketing of University of Plymouth said: “University of Plymouth is very excited to take part in the Epic England campaign led by Geotourist. Our tourism students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels have developed and recorded elements of the programme in both English and Chinese languages.
“All students involved in this project originate from outside Plymouth but enjoy living and studying in the city. Their enthusiasm, professionalism and passion for Plymouth is clearly demonstrated in their work. As their module leader, programme lead and PhD supervisor, I couldn’t be more proud of their achievements. Plymouth is a wonderful place to study, to visit and to enjoy. Our students have done a brilliant job in presenting Plymouth through their recordings, we hope their guides will be a great help to those who visit Plymouth!”
The Geotourist app can be download here:
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