New tourism app makes information easy to find

TRAVELLERS in Australia can let their fingers do the walking and grab information about towns on the go thanks to new app Take You There.

Take You There was launched in Tamworth yesterday and covers 240 towns, with more than 60 in NSW.

It works in two ways – with touch screens using the app within visitor information centres and people can also download the app to their iPhones and Android smartphones to use on the go, or if the visitor information centre is closed.

Tamworth Visitor Information Centre supervisor Val Schaefer said she was “absolutely stoked” that Tamworth was chosen as the launch site for the technology.

“These are wonderful products that people can use to access information,” she said.

Tamworth regional councillor Warren Woodley unveiled the app in Tamworth at the visitor centre and DataTrax’s Paul Buckley was in the city for the launch.

Mr Buckley said Tamworth was chosen as the launch pad because he had known Ms Schaefer for more than 10 years and believed she was a great manager for Tamworth.

“When you have a great manager, it makes such a difference,” he said.

“She is super positive about this.”

Inverell, Armidale, Narrabri, Muswellbrook, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Glen Innes are also involved in the technology.

Mr Buckley said they wanted to build up the profile of the app and encouraged travellers and visitors to download it.

“We need to get tourists using it,” he said.

“We want them to find things, see things and find somewhere to stay in various towns, without the headaches.”

The app uses GPS to give users information on the places they are in and includes accommodation, restaurants, tourist attractions and businesses as well as maps and weather in the towns.

Businesses can get involved and get on the app by contacting the local DataTrax representative, Rob Harrison, who covers northern inland NSW.

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