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App-y days as new app launched

Wednesday, 12th June, 2019 5:06pm

A new first-of-its-kind tourism app is set to shine a light on some of Cork’s best loved attractions, walks and restaurants.

The all-in-one Cork App provides users with information on the city’s biggest tourist landmarks, eateries, hotels and bars.

The app, which has been developed by Booniverse using Irish technology, offers local news on upcoming events, its own online ticket booking facility and food and drinks deals for users.

Users will get instant information on where to go, QR codes linking to audio information on Cork’s top landmarks, and a locator giving a turn-by-turn route to destinations.

Cork App also provides direct links to hotel websites for quick booking, and uses Mapbox platform for walking routes, giving the start and end point, distance and estimated time to complete trails like the Deerinnard Loop and Castlemartyr Wood.

It also contains maps showing the nearest ATMs, pharmacies, bike hire, taxi ranks, parking areas and emergency services, as well as links to important numbers like car rental services.

For ramblers and explorers, Cork App also has the option for self-guided tours of the city, including an art trail, a museum tour, a walk through the parks of Cork and historical trails through towns like Midleton and Cobh.

Speaking about the app, Managing Director of Cork App Ger Flanagan said: “Cork is already a thriving city and county but it still has untapped potential when it comes to tourism. The Cork App is simple to use and will bring a great boost to tourism and the economy across the county.”

While the hundreds of available listings are mainly limited to businesses who have partnered with Booniverse so far, Mr Flanagan says he hopes to grow the app further in the coming months. He said similar apps are already in the works for Dublin and Galway, and there has been interest from overseas, too.

“We’ve have had cities in Australia, the United States and Europe contacting us who are interested in rolling this out in their own area.

“We’ve had very successful meetings with tour companies and semi-state bodies involved in the tourism industry as well, and while we are hoping to keep our listings limited to make the app the best it can be for users, we are only in an initial stage and are open to partnering with more businesses going forward.”

Cork App is available now to download and use free on Android and iOS.

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