Case Studies

Albuquerque Tourism at its Best

The Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory (AT&SF) has been going strong for over 10 years now in thanks to the 2 co-founders vision for locals and visitors to explore the city. The company has diversified it’s tour offerings significantly with the Best of ABQ City Tour on an open air trolley, Duke City Peddler on a party bike, The Lux tour in a luxury Mercedes Sprinter, and Albucreepy Ghost Walk.

Tour Buddy Apps

The Best of ABQ City Tours has both a driver and a guide that makes the fully narrated tour even more memorable for guests.  AT&SF wanted to add more information and a multi-media experience to the trolley ride.  Tour Buddy Apps technology made it happen with Off Line Video capabilities to alleviate any connectivity problems on a GPS triggered App.  This automatically activated offline videos for the guests to enjoy  and allowed the guide a hands off technology experience.

Interested in Off Line Video for your Tour?  Contact Tour Buddy Apps for more information.

Houston City Tours

Houston City Tours Offers More Tours To More Guests

The Tours

Houston City Tours in Houston, Texas is well known for their red double decker buses that have been offering tours in Houston since 2014.  Their high quality tours, amazing customer service and consistently positive reviews have caused them to grow.  Now, they offer tours not only Houston, but also Galveston, Texas, Austin, Texas and a tour to the LBJ Nasa Space Center outside of Houston.

 

The Tour Buddy App

Houston City Tours offers more tours to more guests by using the Tour Buddy App for GPS triggered narration over the loudspeaker.  By automating parts of the tour with consistent high quality narration, they are able to give an awesome tour every time.  This allows the live guides on the bus to focus on guests’ needs and give additional narration without having to recite an entire tour repeatedly for every group.

 


 

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Barnard Castle Old Photos & Audio Walk

 

 

The small market town of Barnard Castle located in Teesdale, County Durham, England has transformed itself into a heritage destination thanks to local resident Geoff Dixon and the Making Barney Brighter Together Group. The vision to revive Barnard’s Castle high street includes showcasing the area’s rich history with tours, a phone app, and more.  The Barnard Castle Old Photos & Audio Walk is easily accessed on the Tour Buddy Historic Tours App available for download on the App Store and Google Play for free. 

 

The App

There are 50 points of interest included in the app to visit as you walk around the scenic town. The points of interest include stories of the past, videos from the town in 1913, and 21 audio interviews with late historian Alan Wilkinson. The app also includes a total of 250 historic photos most taken over a century ago creating the biggest ‘Spot the Difference’ competition for users. The ‘Then and Now’ contrast is a remarkable sight to see. The walk goes in a circle through the town and along the river and can be started and stopped at any point with the option to activate GPS auto play so the points of interest will automatically open as you enter the area.

 


 

 

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Boys Town Village Tour

Father Edward J. Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town was inspired over a century ago to the mission of saving children and healing families.  His legacy lives on as the Boys Town organization is committed to this outreach for the next century to come.  Boys Town welcomes visitors to tour their village in Omaha, Nebraska.  They have created an app that visitors can use as both a virtual tour and a driving tour of the village.  The app is available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

 

About the App

 

Boys Town chose the Tour Buddy App Builder platform to create their app to tell their organization’s story through various tours of the Boys Town Village.  The hands free GPS capability allows visitors to drive around the Boys Town Village and hear the story (audio coming soon) of Boys Town.  The app also includes other tours including the Hall of History Tour, then guests can take in the beauty and learn the significance of Dowd Chapel, and guests can also  walk through Father Flanagan’s Historic House.  The app also provides links to a donation page through the Boys Town website and a copy of the Boys Town printed map.

Contact Tour Buddy Apps to learn how your organization can create a tour of your facility or location.

Holiday Tour of Homes, Savannah, GA

 

Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) is hosting their 44th annual Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 8th 2018 to benefit Savannah community non-profits.  This highly anticipated event allows guests to look “behind the doors” at stunning examples of Savannah grandeur, featuring eight private homes, three inns and two museum homes. New this year, to enhance this memorable tour the DNA has created an app to help guests maximize their experience.  This app is included with other historic apps on the Tour Buddy Historic Tours App available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

 

 

The App

The app contains not only information on the homes and inns but also local hotels, restaurants, and merchants.  The DNA utilized the easy to use App Builder website on the Tour Buddy platform to create their tour.  The anticipation is building and guests from across the country will have all the tour information for these locations and more, all at their finger tips. There are tickets available now to see these magnificent homes dressed in their holiday best.

 


 

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Maui GPS Guide

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The Maui GPS Guide (previously Hana GPS Guide) in Maui, Hawaii gives visitors a complete tour from corner to corner of this beautiful island.   Including the Road to Hana which has approximately 620 curves and 46 one lane wide bridges with almost all of it through lush, tropical rain forest.  In 1985, Craig and Charlene Henderson saw a need to help visitors learn about and navigate without getting lost or totally missing the hidden waterfalls, spectacular views, and rich history.  The first recording was on cassette tape and rented along the roadside with a cassette tape player. In 1999, Craig upgraded the tour to CD version for visitors to use in their rental cars. The original narrated tour has now upgraded again as Maui GPS Guide and is available on The App Store and Google Play for $7.99.

 

The Maui GPS Guide App

The tours are separated into 2 categories on the app: Island Wide & Hana and Haleakala.  Both tours are full of facts and information about the areas, they are GPS triggered and all audio tracks will automatically play as you pass the various points of interest along the highway. The tours guide visitors to waterfalls, sugarcane plantations, popular surf spots, a humpback whale sanctuary, bird valley, an arboretum, the Haleakala volcano (which sits on an 10,023-foot peak, the highest point in Maui) and much more.  As the app says, “It’s not necessarily the destination you’re after today; it’s the drive itself, with all the hiking, exploring, taking pictures, and just having a nice day discovering a piece of Hawaii not many people get to see.”

 

The Map

One of the extremely useful tools that has helped this tour through the decades is a detailed high quality paper map that serves as an advertisement in addition to the usefulness on the island.   The app contains pictures of this map and users can obtain a free copy if desired at a local gas station.

 

Interested in creating a driving tour of your own? Contact us for more information.

Bookmarks Book Festival App

Bookmarks 14th annual Festival of Books and Authors going on September 6th – 9th, 2018 is known as the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas.  Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit based in Winston-Salem, NC with a mission to connect readers with authors and books.  This year’s festival promises not to disappoint with 51 award-winning authors, panels & exhibitors, readings, book signings, & Family-friendly events.  And, for the first year ever you can plan your festival experience with the Bookmarks Book Festival app available on the App Store and Google Play for free.

The App

The festival app not only contains scheduling and directional information but also includes each authors biography and website.  The scheduling categories include: Schedule by Day, Schedule by Venue, Ticketed Events, and Booksigning Times.  With this easy to use app any of the venues can be quickly found using the GPS directions or the custom Festival Map. Other categories in the app include: Exhibitors & Food trucks, Sponsors, & FAQ’s bringing all that is available right at your fingertips.

Tour Buddy Apps is proud to work with Bookmarks that in 2017 reached 40,000 people through its programming and hopes to reach more than 55,000 in 2018.

History Makers Camp Creates Interactive Tour Map

 

Founded in 1824, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is the home to unique historical collections from 350 years of American history comprised of some 600,000 printed items and more than 21 million manuscript and graphic items.  With all these resources the HSP hosted a History Makers Camp for Philadelphia high school students to create a mobile-friendly walking tour guiding users through the African-American struggle for freedom and equality in Philadelphia.  Nine students in this two-week program under the direction of a panel of historians, educators, and elected officials created Explore Philly, an interactive tour map which is also available for free on the App Store and Google Play through the Tour Buddy Historic Tours App.  

 

Interactive Tour Map

Currently there are 3 categories included in the tour: Abolition Period, Progressive Era, and Civil Rights Movement.  The content for each key landmark include a video link, interesting historical background information and useful links where you can learn more.  “There’s something powerful about bringing these stories of struggle and success from the pages of a historical document to the streets of a city where they are still playing out today,” says Beth Twiss Houting, senior director of programs and services at HSP.  Stay tuned for more to come from this great program.  Experience the tour>>

 

iOS & Android Apps

The flexibility of the App Builder platform allowed HSP to launch not only a virtual tour for mobile web browsers, but also an iOS and Android App through the Tour Buddy Historic Tours App.  The Explore Philly guide is available for download through the Tour Buddy Historic Tours App for both Apple and Android devices.  The mobile app allows users to turn ON the GPS Auto Play so that whenever they are close to a point of interest on the tour, the stop in the app automatically opens.

 

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Historic Quincy Walking Tour App and Virtual Tour

 

Shopping malls that were created  to replicate the feel of the traditional Main Street are dying. Historic downtown areas across the United States are being restored and becoming destinations among themselves. Quincy Main Street’s vision to revitalize and preserve the rich and diverse culture in Quincy, Florida informed their mobile app tour and virtual tour project.  With funding from the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources the Historic Quincy Walking Tour App and virtual tour are now available on the App Store and Google Play for free!


 

The App

 

Take a stroll through the 36-block National Register Quincy historic district broken up into 3 walking tours: Commercial District, Eastern Residential District & Western Residential District. The tours include outstanding examples of architecture ranging from early 1800s antebellum cottages to Queen Anne mansions. Learn the history of the old Quincy State Bank Building and Opera House and its association with the Coca-Cola Company as well as how the Bell and Bates Building became the nationally accredited Gadsden Arts Center and Museum.

 

The cohesive experience of the app allows users to walk around and listen to Quincy’s story offline without using data.  The GPS enabled map give users the ability to find their blue dot on the GPS map and click on the various stops to ‘Get Directions.’  The images take visitors back in time to see what buildings looked like in years past.

 

The Virtual Tour

 

Not only did Quincy Main Street want visitors to be able to experience Quincy on site, but also as a virtual tour on their desktop.  The virtual tour shows all of the same content with images, a GPS map and audio, but can be viewed on a desktop computer or on smartphones through the browser.  Adding a virtual tour gives Quincy access to even more potential visitors who are curious about this beautiful town and its history.

 

Check out the Quincy Historic Walking Tour Virtual Tour.  

 

Interested in creating an app for your historic town? Contact Tour Buddy Apps.

Tulsa Zoo Train Tour upgrades to the Tour Buddy App

The Tulsa Zoo is an 85 acre non profit zoo that has been welcoming guests to their grounds for 90 years.  Not only are education and conservation  integral to their mission, but also creating an unforgettable experience for guests every day.


The ONEOK Safari Train offers guests transportation on a fun ride from one side of the park to the other.  The train also provides a talking tour of the park and since its inception, GPS hardware was installed to give the tour over the loudspeaker.  But, over the past 8 years, the zoo wanted to update their tour’s content but were not able to easily change their content using their installed GPS hardware.

 

The Tulsa Zoo began investigating other options and found the App Builder Platform, which would allow them to create a GPS triggered audio tour but with much more flexibility at a lower cost.  The App Builder would allow them to create and launch a general tour through the Tour Buddy App within a matter of days using a smartphone.  The smartphone would connect to their train’s speaker system through an auxiliary cable – no expensive equipment necessary.  Then, for holidays and special occasions, the conductors can create alternate tours by simply choosing a different category in their guide.

 

 

The Tulsa Zoo is now able to continue giving a fun and high quality tour to their guests with even greater flexibility and ease.

 

 

Learn how you can create a GPS triggered audio tour for your operation.  Contact Tour Buddy Apps.

D.C. Driving/Walking Tours App Available for Download

Washington D.C. is one of our nation’s most historic and popular places to visit.  Whether you are visiting to see the pink cherry blossoms or one of the many museums or monuments there is plenty to experience.  Capitol Entertainment Services wanted to help guests maximize their visit to this history rich city with 3 self-guided tours of the most historic locations in Washington D.C.  These tours are all available in the D.C. Driving/Walking Tours app for $4.99 on the App Store and Google Play.

 

The App

The three tours included in the D.C. Driving/Walking Tours App provide a comprehensive and flexible way for guests to see D.C. from their cars or on foot.   The first tour is along Capitol Hill and Pennsylvania Avenue.  The second tour includes national monuments and memorials.  The third tour is a walking tour only as you walk along the White House Promenade.  The audio automatically plays as visitors approach and pass each point of interest.  Visitors can take in the iconic scenery as they listen to engaging narration.

 

Experience Washington D.C. on site or virtually and download the D.C. Driving/Walking Tours App on the App Store or Google Play today.

Polynesians Adventure Tours foreign language apps

Haleakala National Park Tour now available in 6 languages

Polynesian Adventure Tours Gray Line has just celebrated their 40th anniversary in style by adding a new fleet of luxury mini coaches.  They are honored as one of four tour companies selected for concession contracts in Haleakala National Park located in Maui, Hawaii.  Polynesian Adventure Tours wanted international guests to be able to experience this unique and memorable experience in their native language.  Together with Tour Buddy Apps’ technology and translation services the English tour is now available in 6 languages including Korean, French, Spanish, German, Chinese and Japanese.  

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Foreign language passengers are given an iPad and earbuds so they can enjoy the tour with the rest of the passengers in their native language.  Not only are the views breathtaking but they will all learn about ancient Hawaiian legends, the history of Haleakala, and its significance to Hawaiian society and culture in their native language.  In addition, there is information about the unique plant and animal life, types of volcano’s and the ongoing conservation efforts to care for this mountain, its wildlife, and its natural resources.  Polynesian Adventure Tours mission is for passengers to return home with a new sense of Aloha and respect for this very special place.
Contact Tour Buddy for more information on how to make your tour available in multiple languages

11th Annual Savannah Book Festival App Now Available

The Savannah Book Festival is happening February 15-18, 2018 for the 11th annual year.  It is free and open to the public. Festival Saturday now features over 40 authors appearing at seven venues around three historic squares in beautiful downtown Savannah.  To help the attendees from all over the US optimize festival Saturday, the Savannah Book Festival created an app using the Tour Buddy Apps platform.  The app gives users the opportunity to see the schedule and learn about featured authors and their books.  The app is now available on the App Store and Google Play


The App

The Savannah Book Festival saw an opportunity to digitize their content by adding an app to their festival.  The Savannah Book Festival App allows users to not only see the full schedule, but also the exact location of each venue.  Users can use the GPS map to click on the various venues and choose “Get Directions” so that they can get walking/driving directions to each location.  One of the biggest draws of the festival, coming to see the authors and learning about new books, is made easier with the app because users can click on links to read more about books and authors directly from the app.  The app includes an interactive GPS map as well as a custom map created for the festival to help navigate the seven venues.  The delicious and enticing Food Truck and Eatery information is also available with the full list of food trucks on site.


Catch the highlights of the 10th Annual Savannah Book Festival

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The Geekend App is here for the 2018 Geekend Conference in Savannah, GA

The Geekend App for iOS and Android devices helps attendees navigate the Geekend Conference February 2 – 3, 2018, in Savannah, Georgia. This intentionally interdisciplinary conference brings together cutting-edge tech and creative visionaries who will inspire attendees with startups and innovative thinking to grow and scale any business.   As one of the Creative Coast’s signature events, the Geekend conference started in 2009 and has been part of a creative renaissance and revitalization in Savannah.

 

With the Geekend App, attendees can decide which awesome session they want to attend each day. Users can navigate from a session on ‘Designing for the Future of AR/VR’ to another on ‘Cryptocurrency Crash Course.’   Attendees will be inspired at sessions and make connections with other artists, entrepreneurs, educators and techies at Happy Hours or the Closing ProjectMQ Indie Game Awards on Saturday night. The Geekend App also includes push notifications to communicate with attendees for interactive voting and real time messages.

 

Don’t miss your chance to meet the people behind Savannah’s hottest products, experiences and companies!  Tickets are still available here. Check out the Geekend App today on the App Store and Google Play.

 

 

The Look Book Hunt App

The LOOK Book Hunt App is a product of self-published author Barbara Tibbetts’ scavenger hunt book series, The LOOK Book.  Barbara had a vision to make these well loved scavenger hunt’s available as an App for family outings, adult competitions, and team building.  This stimulating, interactive outlet is now available on the App Store for $2.99.

The App

The current scavenger hunts available are:

  • Nantucket Christmas Stroll
  • L.A. California (The Getty Museum)
  • Philadelphia, PA (Constitutional Walk)
  • Springfield / Home of Abraham Lincoln, Illinois
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Boston, MA
  • Boston, MA (Custom House)
  • Boston, MA (Freedom Trail)
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Concord / Lexington, MA
  • Nantucket, MA
  • Salem, MA

Each scavenger hunt has 10 stops.  Each stop contains a picture for the participant to look for, some interesting information about the location, and a quiz question with multiple choice answers.  The quiz is interactive and fun for adults and children of all ages alike with “Oh No, Try Again!” and “Congratulations! You got a sticker!”.  Competitive anticipation can entice the participant to fill up their scorecard to get to the next stop.  Each stop has GPS points and a google map for those that may need help finding a location.  Happy Hunting!

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Hotel App for Hotel'Apart Pegasus

Pegasus’Apart Hotel App Unlocks the best of Melbourne, Australia

 

The Pegasus Apart’Hotel is a full service, four star hotel offering the perfect trio of facilities, service, and location amidst the World’s Most Livable City – Melbourne, Australia.  Melbourne is thriving with so many options for restaurants, attractions, and tour opportunities that a concierge would have trouble keeping it all organized and available for the multitude of visitors.  Pegasus Apart’Hotel created this  interactive app available on the App Store and Google Play not only to enhance their guests’ experience before they arrive at the hotel but as well as during their stay in the hotel and help to unlock the best of Melbourne.

 

The App

Some guests may initially download the app for the basic amenity and hotel information, but they will quickly move on to check out the discounts and promotions that are currently available.  After that, they will proceed to the Melbourne attractions tab and decide whether a trip to Queen Victoria Market or Melbourne Museum is ensuing and get directions using the GPS enabled map.  Or better yet, all the local tour company details and listings are at their fingertips to browse through and consider.  There are also downloadable GPS triggered specialty walks around Melbourne that can be downloaded and used without the internet.

The hotel also wanted to digitize their restaurant and take away menu so that guests could quickly see what’s available and choose their meal.  Additional features include an easily accessible ‘Book Now’ and ‘Getting Here’ tab so that guests can add more nights to their stay and easily get directions from various points in Melbourne. The live Twitter feed from the hotel’s Twitter account adds another level of interaction to keep the guests on the pulse of the hotel.

 

Push Notifications

Pegasus Apart’Hotel wanted an ultimate personal touch for their guests and using push notifications helps them stay in contact with guests.  With push notifications, the hotel can place a geo-fence around the push notifications so that only guests in the hotel receive them.  Events like daily happy hour and specials are announced through the geo-fenced push notifications only to guests who are on the property.

 

The Tour Buddy Apps platform provided all these great features in order to help Pegasus Build a Better Visitor Experience.


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Civil War Walking Tour, Alexandria, Virginia

The Boy Scout Troop 1865 developed the Alexandria War of 1812 App using the App Builder Website.  This Eagle Scout project utilized the skills and values taught in the Boy Scouts to produce an interactive app that the entire community could experience.


Explore 10 blocks of Alexandria, VA highlighting sites connected to the War of 1812 and the British occupation of the city in August of 1814.  The app includes photos, audio and extra stops only available through the app.  The Boy Scout Troop 1865 worked as individuals and as a team to create the app in order to help celebrate the anniversary of the War of 1812.

 

Historic Public Garden, Melbourne, Australia

The Burnley Gardens App gives a tour of one of the oldest public gardens in Melbourne, Australia. This self-guided tour takes users through 22 stops with audio that discusses specific garden beds, historical events, rare plants and our iconic trees as well as the modern elements of green infrastructure on campus. The walk will inform you about the gardens history, the design principles and current uses.  Each stop is GPS enabled, a map of the tour is provided and the stops are clearly marked in the Gardens.

Art Tour, Los Angeles, California

The Brewery Artwalk is a twice annual open studio weekend at the worlds largest art complex in downtown Los Angeles. The Artwalk takes place in the Spring and Fall, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

THE EVENT:
Admission and parking are free. Come and support LA’s finest artists, take home some great works and dine at the on-site restaurant. Open studios are spread across the Brewery’s 16 acre campus including a few multi-story buildings. If you are inclined to see it all, we suggest you come both days.

HISTORY:
The creation of the Brewery Arts Complex began in 1982 at the site of the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery. With the passing of the Artist-In-Residence code, artists could rent live/work space in industrially zoned buildings.

In July 1997, the LA Weekly called the Brewery “the world’s largest artist-in-residence community” and in a March 1999 Los Angeles Times article The Brewery was quoted as the “world’s largest art complex.” These are true lofts, in industrial buildings that are a part of what has become a uniquely vibrant and creative community

THE APP:
Download this free app to enjoy a self guided tour of The Brewery’s 16 acre campus, which includes information about many of the Brewery’s historic buildings as well as a list of open studios in each building.

With the Brewery Artwalk app, you’ll always have the latest information on event dates, parking, dining and more right at your fingertips.

Experience Historic Garland

Historic Walking Tour App for Garland, Texas

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Downtown Garland, Texas was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places.  To celebrate this great honor, the city held a “Rockin the Square” party complete with music, fireworks and fun.  This adventurous city is rich in history, urban appeal, natural resources and pure Texas charisma.  What better way to represent it than with a free walking tour app for all visitors and residents to enjoy!

 

THE APP

 

Currently, there are 3 walking tours in the Experience Historic Garland App: Historical Main Street, Henry’s Heritage Hike, Historical Downtown

 

Each of these tours contains black and white photos from years past of the same streets and corners, along with the history that happened there.  Users can learn how the second east-west transcontinental highway, now known as US Highway 67 was routed through Garland.  The app also includes a story about how  a Thanksgiving Day fire razed the downtown square, which caused the town to rebuild.  Garland’s location along railroads also formed the town, commerce and its people.

 

The city of Garland not only wanted to showcase all the historic places and events in their history, but also make it user friendly and lively.  The Tour Buddy platform provided the technology for a GPS triggered self-guided tour.  You can download Experience Historic Garland on the App Store and Google Play.

 

Interested in creating a walking tour in your city?  Contact Tour Buddy Apps to find out how you can build a better visitor experience!

 

 

On Site Consultation for Historic Trolley Tour

Tour Buddy Apps helps tour operators all over the world engage and delight visitors.  Learn more about how Tour Buddy Apps helps tour operators here.

The City of Easton, Pennsylvania is one of Pennsylvania’s most historic towns nestled in the Lehigh Valley on the border of New Jersey.  With an iconic town square, wonderful architecture, canal boats, and so many family friendly attractions, the city of Easton wanted to share their rich history with locals and visitors on their free trolley ride around the city.  Not only does the free trolley take visitors around the historic downtown area, but also over to Hugh Moore Park and the Delaware Canal Boat Museum

The GPS triggered Tour Buddy App allows the trolley to provide a location based tour over their speaker system.  The hands free audio automatically plays and the trolley driver focuses on road safety and transportation as guests enjoy the tour.  Tour Buddy expedited the process of setting up the tour with an onsite visit to help the city of Easton launch their tour quickly with expert advice on timing of audio and training the staff to use the app.

 

The City of Easton Trolley runs their historic route on the weekends as well as several other routes to service the farmer’s market, a night route and trips to and from the Canal Museum.  See their full list of tours and so much more at Easton Trolley.


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Art and City Tour, Cathedral City, California

The Cathedral City Arts Commission (CCPAC) created the Cathedral City: Where Art LIVES! App for iOS and Android using the App Builder Website. They created several tours of Cathedral City and included sponsors and local artists. Their app has branding for their organization and they are able to communicate with all of their users immediately simply by updating their information on the App Builder Website.


Why an app?

The Cathedral City Arts Commission (CCPAC) has worked tirelessly over the past year to fulfill their vision of creating an app that would bring together their community in celebration of Cathedral City’s unique structures and public art collection.

What’s in the app?

Users can explore Cathedral City with the GPS enabled downtown walking tour and driving tour that give an in depth look at some of the most intriguing structures, statues and pieces of art in the area.  A detailed list of art galleries, local artists and historic sites show just how diverse yet cohesive the community is in its commitment to honoring art and those who create it.  The local parks and city events are also showcased to inform users about events and local gatherings.  Users can scroll through the countless images of beautiful art and landmarks, take a walking or driving tour or learn more about Cathedral City’s history in this exciting new app.

 

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Gettysburg Tour Guide App

Guidebook Companion Driving App for the Gettysburg Battlefield

“The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never forget what they did here” -Abraham Lincoln

July 1, 2, and 3rd of 1863 are remembered by so many for the epic and most important battle fought on American soil, the battle of Gettysburg.  You can now experience and explore the battlefield at your own pace from your car or home.  Gettysburg Tours wanted to transform the typical history lesson into an immersive and self guided auto tour with action videos, stunning photos, GPS-triggered audio, and interactive maps. They accomplished all this using the Tour Buddy App Builder Platform.  The Gettysburg Tour Guide App offers a flexible and easy fun family experience for all ages.  Visitors can purchase the book, Experience Gettysburg: Ultimate Tour Guidebook in the Gettysburg Visitor’s Center and then download  download the free app on App Store and Google Play and use the sign-in from the book to access the full tour.  The full tour is only available to users who purchase the book.

Experience Gettysburg: Ultimate Tour Guidebook Package

The Gettysburg Tour Guide App is accompanied by the Experience Gettysburg: Ultimate Tour Guidebook written by Nicholas Wiley and Joseph E. Mieczkowski (Licensed Battlefield Guide).  The book/app package  combo empowers you to imagine the battle unfolding right in front of you with high quality content and an interactive app.

 

About the App

The 16 stops and 31 driving tracks are all GPS activated and hands free so you can keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road and sights to see.  These stops and tracks are packed with information containing leaders and soldiers in the battle, monuments and markers that honor them, artillery and weapons used, facts and figures, and a YouTube link depicting battle reenactment.   The Gettysburg Tours team also wanted to include local art in their app. Users will see beautiful dramatic paintings by Dale Gallon, a world renowned local artist whose art tells a history lesson in themselves.

See more driving tour apps and contact Tour Buddy Apps to learn how you can build a better visitor experience.

Carrollton, Mississippi Walking Tour App

Walking Tour of Carrollton, Mississippi

The Town of Carrollton, Mississippi, sits nestled in the hills overlooking the delta, waiting to delight you with beautiful old homes, stately churches and history on every corner.  The Mississippi Humanities Council and Walt Grayson wanted to bring this rich history alive not only for the residents, but for visitors as well.  They used the Tour Buddy platform to bring all this history to life in your fingertips using GPS triggers, exceptional content, and audio from Walt Grayson. The Walking Tour of Carrollton, Mississippi is now available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

This App is just in time for the annual Historic Pilgrimage and Pioneer Day Festival.  The new app will compliment the most popular Pilgrimage home tour.  For more information on this event go to http://visitcarrolltonms.com/carrollton-pilgrimage/.

Interested in a walking tour of your home town?  Contact Tour Buddy.

Cultural Roadmapp App

Driving Tour of Ireland’s Coastal Highway

Cultural Roadmapp was on a mission to transform the traditional road trip and they envisioned a hands free mobile app tour that helps visitors hear and see the best of their destination.  Using the Tour Buddy App Builder platform and the Gimbal geo-fence technology, Cultural Roadmapp created an engaging, fun, lively and altogether wonderful experience showing 10 different towns in County Clare Ireland.  Read about their award winning app, honored with Silver for Best Use of Mobile in the 2018 Ireland Digital Media Awards.  Download the Cultural Roadmapp App for $9.99 on iOS and Android.

  

The App

You can now explore one of the world’s richest cultural landscapes as you drive the spectacular 1500-mile coastal route with this hands-free, GPS-enabled audio tour app.  There are the spectacular Cliffs of Moher which stretch for five miles and reach over 700 feet at their highest point. There’s Lisdoonvarna: It’s annual Matchmaking Festival is a mecca for hopefuls around the world. Come with expectations for expert commentary, leading historians and folklorists, local musicians, and captivating storytellers.  Tourbuddy has used the latest technology to make it possible for you to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the view as you listen. You can learn more in this video: https://vimeo.com/221478794
 

About Cultural Roadmapp

This transatlantic startup based in County Clare, Ireland is on a mission to transform the classic road trip. This App is the first of a four-part audio tour series designed specifically for motorists. Deborah Schull is an award-winning writer and producer and also the founder and CEO of Cultural Roadmapp.  She had long wanted to do something to showcase Ireland. “My first idea was a guidebook and then I thought a TV show might be better,” she says. “Then I came up with the idea of a travel app and when the Wild Atlantic Way opened in 2014, I realized it should not just be a regular app. It needed to be an audio tour.” However, it wasn’t until technology became hands free and triggered by GPS that Deborah’s idea fully took shape. “That allowed us to create a fully immersive app experience,” she says. “Because you can use the app without using your hands and because it’s linked by GPS to where you are, you can look at the world around you while you learn more about it. It’s like having locals along with you in the car.”
Watch the Cultural Roadmapp Promo here:
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ADA Accessible Museum Tour App

The last ten years of smart phone technology has presented so many new opportunities to make destinations even more accessible than ever before.  The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Shipwreck Museum in Alpena, Michigan has made its museum and boat tour accessible to guests who are visually impaired through on site displays and a museum tour app that can be continually updated.  Learn how the Shipwreck Alley App was created and how it is helping the museum meet accessibility guidelines.  


The App

The National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan recently created a museum tour app.  The mobile app tour would allow guests to take a self guided tour.   The Shipwreck Alley App offers guests a self-guided tour of the Shipwreck museum as well as a GPS triggered outdoor tour on their glass bottom boat.  The vision for creating an app grew out of the desire to make their museum and boat tour accessible for people who are visually impaired.

Accessibility Features

The goal was to make the museum and boat tour a self-guided and independent experience for all guests.   After much research, the Marine Sanctuary liked the Tour Buddy App because they input their own content into the easy to use App Builder and they could integrate the app with ibeacons.

The ibeacons would make it possible for guests to be notified when they are in a particular section of the museum and hear audio about that section.  In addition to the ibeacon integration, the iOS Tour Buddy App is also optimized for accessibility.   Users can turn on the voice over mode (this feature only available in the iOS version of Shipwreck Alley) and listen to the app’s content being read, a key feature in iOS devices for users who are visually impaired.

Now, all guests can enjoy an interactive and self-guided tour of the Shipwreck museum.

Civil War Walking Tour, Alexandria, Virginia

The Boy Scout Troop 1865 developed the Alexandria War of 1812 App using the App Builder Website.  This Eagle Scout project utilized the skills and values taught in the Boy Scouts to produce an interactive app that the entire community could experience.


Explore 10 blocks of Alexandria, VA highlighting sites connected to the War of 1812 and the British occupation of the city in August of 1814.  The app includes photos, audio and extra stops only available through the app.  The Boy Scout Troop 1865 worked as individuals and as a team to create the app in order to help celebrate the anniversary of the War of 1812.

 

Walking Tours, Sacramento, California

Sacramento Heritage, Inc. one of Sacramento, CA’s most beloved non-profits, has been offering walking tours for years to inform residents and build a sense of heritage and community.  In order to reach even more people, Sacramento Heritage, Inc. decided to create a GPS enabled mobile app tour using the App Builder Website.  Now, even more residents, visitors and history lovers can learn about Sacramento’s vibrant neighborhoods and culture through the Sacramento Heritage, Inc. App.  


Sacramento Heritage, Inc. has been promoting historic preservation since 1975, and one of their key components to educating is through walking tours of the various neighborhoods in Sacramento. Their current app uses different categories/lists for their different tours including Capitol Area Walking Tour, J & K Street Corridor Walking Tour and City Hall Area Walking Tour.  Sacramento Magazine writer Jordan Venema’s article titled “All Summer Long” describes why the app is great for users who are looking to explore the city on their own time instead attending a scheduled tour with a tour guide.  

Because Sacramento Heritage, Inc. is a dynamic organization that is always growing, they are going to add another tour to their app within the next year.  With the App Builder Platform, they are able to add or delete stops and categories easily and independently.  The article here discusses their plans to add a new tour.  With so much to explore in Sacramento, there may be even more tours to come in the future.

 

Art Tour, Atlanta, Georgia

Experience remarkable artwork by local, nationally and internationally recognized artists, with our easy to navigate app created by Creative Digital Productions. This digital guide will lead you through downtown Atlanta corridors and touch on historical sites and monuments that speak to the heart of Atlanta’s character. Our digital app is a great way to learn about Atlanta’s place in history through our cultural and artistic heritage.

 

Walking Tour, Ardmore, Oklahoma

The City of Ardmore’s Historic Preservation Commission has been working hard since 1983 to preserve the City of Ardmore, Oklahoma’s buildings and history.  Through various organizations and grants, the city was able to not only create a comprehensive website about historic Ardmore, but also a location based GPS enabled app that allows people to explore each landmark and building to hear the story of the City of Ardmore.  


The App

Learn about the history and legends of historic downtown Ardmore, Oklahoma with this self-guided walking tour.  The app includes more than 20 stops that show a historic landmark/building.  Each stop has at least one image that tells the story of what the location looked like at a point in history and how it relates to what it looks like today.   Each location has a clickable GPS pin that the user can get walking/driving directions to.  The user can play the audio to hear high quality narration of the history and interesting untold stories only found in the app.  Stroll past the historic architecture, learn about little known historic events and explore the sites where famous and infamous people once lived and played.

Learn more about how the App Builder Platform works to start building your walking tour today.

Foreign Language Tour, St. Augustine, Florida

The Red Train Tour trolley in St. Augustine, FL  wanted to provide foreign language guests with an equally amazing experience on their trolley tour, so they created 2 foreign language apps using the App Builder Website.  


The Red Train Tour is the best way to experience the beautiful and picturesque city of St. Augustine, FL.  Because the trolley is such a popular way to get around and learn about the city, the team at Red Train Tour created an app with the Tour Buddy App Builder Platform for both French and Spanish speakers so that their foreign language guests can experience the tour in their language.

 

After visitors pay for their trolley ticket, they receive instructions on how to download the French or Spanish App with using a specific download code.  Once downloaded with the settings adjusted, the foreign language visitor will hear the audio files as they trigger riding on the trolley tour.  The visitors get a tailored experience and the Red Train Tour can control who downloads the tour with the privacy of the download code.

 

Celebrate Bluffton

Historical Tour, Bluffton, South Carolina

Bluffton Buddy is a self-paced audio tour of historic Bluffton, SC. With Bluffton Buddy as your guide, you will discover the people, places and traditions that give Bluffton its unique culture, and its fascinating heritage, as an antebellum Lowcountry summer planter’s colony. Step back in time with Bluffton Buddy to explore, and experience, the history of this charming Southern town as you journey along Bluffton’s Heritage Trail.

Bluffton Buddy will take you to historic churches and historic homes. It will bring you to a famous Civil War naval battle and share insight into life on a plantation. You’ll learn about the Gullah people of the Sea Islands, their religious and community traditions, and the success of a freedman working to build a future for his family during Reconstruction. Along the way, you will hear about the Bluffton Movement where the the seeds of secession were planted many years before the Civil War began with the shelling of Ft. Sumter. And you’ll discover that Bluffton was the winter home for one of America’s richest families as well as the center of the country’s short-lived oyster packing industry.

Bluffton Buddy has 13 stops that take you through centuries of history. The tour is GPS enabled to direct you to every location. You can go at your own speed; start anywhere anytime; finish anywhere anytime. Take the entire tour (about three hours) or just visit the locations that interest you most.

 

Foreign Language Tours, Savannah, Georgia

Visit Savannah, Savannah’s business unit of the Chamber of Commerce, wanted to create foreign language tours for international visitors so that they could learn about and experience the wealth of history and stories that Savannah is known for.  Their 7 free foreign language tours were created using the App Builder Platform and they are available through the Savannah Experiences App on iOS and Android.  


What’s in the App?

Users can choose their own route, or follow the recommended tour route that leads them through Savannah’s beautiful historic district, in and around famous landmarks, museums, and shopping and dining options. Users can choose from seven languages including Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese and Japanese.  Navigate the content through the detailed stop menu or tour map which links to a GPS tour map. The tour works offline, too, so users don’t have to worry about needing a network or wi-fi connection.

Local Impact

While the city of Savannah has such a diverse selection of tours to choose from, the foreign language tours in the Savannah Experiences App are set apart from all the others because they are GPS enabled tours in international guests’ native language.  Fox 28 in Savannah aired a story about this new exciting app and how it is tapping into a stronger engagement with international guests:

Civil Rights Tour, Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas played an important role in the Civil Rights movement that helped set the stage for a major national movement.  The Department of Arkansas Heritage along with several other organizations and institutions funded a grant to create the Arkansas Civil Rights History Mobile App.  Using the App Builder Platform, the Department of Arkansas Heritage was able to create a comprehensive tour of more than 30 locations, all available in English and Spanish.

 

This narrative tour guide will takes you through numerous sites in Little Rock that have played significant roles in the city’s civil rights history, covering both the more familiar and the less well-known people, places and events.  Multimedia and links to further resources will help you to delve even deeper into this history throughout and after your journey. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Multi-Guide, Edisto, South Carolina

Explore Edisto is a media outlet dedicated to the exploration, history, ecology and cultural diversity of our island. The Explore Edisto App is a Multi-Guide App that features multiple tours throughout various locations on the island and beach. Use our guide to find out about local restaurants, activities and shopping. These self-guided tours take you along a beautiful drive or walk and back through time as you travel across Edisto Island.

Put the app into GPS-Auto play mode so that the audio plays automatically as you drive by the points of interest and ‘Kiosk Mode’ so that the app does not go into ‘power save’ mode and turn off while you are driving. These can be found in ‘settings’.

 

In certain heavily wooded areas throughout Botany Bay, it is possible that the GPS-Auto-play may not work. Should this occur, simply manually press the play button to continue listening to the audio of the tour.

 

City Guides, Savannah, Georgia

 

As Savannah’s local mobile app company, Tour Buddy Apps wanted to give the over 7 million tourists who visit Savannah every year an easy way to find and download the best guides to history, attractions and events in the area.  Savannah Experiences available on iOS and Android includes over 10 guides for download and was created using the App Builder Platform.  


What’s in the App?

Savannah’s amazing attractions range from beautiful historic parks and picturesque beaches to delicious local food and kid friendly museums. The Savannah Experiences App is a Multi-Guide App that lets users download guides for a wide range of experiences all in one place.  Tourists and locals alike can check out the local event app like First Friday Art March or download the Bonaventure Cemetery Tour and learn about the cemetery’s famous inhabitants.

Partnering with Visit Savannah

Tour Buddy Apps has partnered with Visit Savannah, the visitor bureau of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce to offer our Savannah Audio Walking Tour in 7 free Foreign Language Tours.  All audio and tour content is available offline in separate apps for the following languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese.

Apps available for download in Savannah Experiences:

Bonaventure Cemetery Tour LITE: Free
Der Savannah Stadtrundgang: Free
First Friday Art March: Free
Geekend: Free
Passeio de Savannah: Free
Paseo de Savannah: Free
The Scout Guide: Free
Savannah for Kids: Free
Savannah Walking Tour: $8.99
Savannah Walking Tour LITE: Free
Starland District: Free
Stopover Music Festival: Free
Tour di Savannah: Free
サバナウォーキングツア: Free
萨凡纳徒步游: Free

Heritage Farm Tour, North Georgia

The Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center gives visitors an inside look at how nature and farming inspired a North Georgia mountain man to write great poetry and novels.  With the self-guided app, visitors can roam the farm while listening to the history about the Reece Family, Native American and Early Settler history and info on local towns.  Instead of relying solely on docents or tour guides to take visitors around, the Farm and Heritage Center uses the app to not only let visitors explore at their own pace but also as a virtual tour for potential visitors who want to learn more about this dynamic poet and his farm in the North Georgia Mountains.  The app also gives visitors information on local businesses and events to share all the exciting activities for visitors to the area.

 

Walking and Driving Tour, Henderson, Minnesota

Several historic foundations and local societies in Henderson, Minnesota provided funding and research to create the Discover Henderson App using the App Builder Website.  They wanted an easy way to create several different tours of Henderson in order to preserve the history and stories of their town.  


What’s in the App?

The Discover Henderson App invites users to experience one of Minnesota’s most historic towns nestled in the Minnesota River Valley.  Major highlights in the Discover Henderson App include a tour of Sibley County Historic Museum, Henderson’s Historic Main Street, and a GPS guided historic walking tour. Users can listen to audio clips that elaborate on the various GPS triggered stops, or scroll through the various town celebrations such as the Classic Car Roll In or Sauerkraut Days. The Discover Henderson App relates the rich history and traditions of the town and people of Henderson, Minnesota.  The Discover Henderson App is available for iPhones, iPads and Android devices on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Campus Tour, Brisbane, Australia

The UQ Walking Tour App gives users a tour of the St. Lucia Campus at University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.  The University knows how important it is for potential and new students to find their way around campus as well and communicating the values, history and story behind the beautiful sandstone campus of St. Lucia.  The UQ App fills this need by offering a self guided tour of the campus with audio, images and specific walking directions around the campus to actual visitors to the campus as well as interested students and parents who want to check on the campus virtually on their smartphone or tablet.

The UQ Walking Tour app is available for no charge on the App Store and Google Play.

City Tour, Gibbon, Minnesota

The City of Gibbon, MN App is a convenient way for visitors and residents alike to find information about the city’s landmarks, businesses and organizations.  The city has used this app as a marketing and communication tool to gain momentum for local events and attractions as well as for businesses to have a ‘stop’ on the app to show their phone number, website and any other important information.

Campus App Tour, Melbourne, Australia

The Billibellarys Walk App is a campus app tour created by the University of Melbourne as a self-guided narrative, from an Aboriginal perspective in order to educate the University’s community about the rich history on its grounds.  The app was created using the App Builder Website and makes all of Wurundjeri people’s rich history easily accessible and serves as a tour guide, lecture and story all in one place.  


 

Take a walk through Billibellary’s Country using Billibellary’s Walk App for your iPhone or iPad. This campus app tour allows users to experience Melbourne’s six seasons as they are subtly reconstructed as the context for understanding place and belonging for the Wurundjeri people. This app exposes users to the cultural interpretation of the land that the Wurundjeri people have inhabited for 40,000 years. Lying within the University of Melbourne’s built environment are the whispers and songs of the Wurundjeri people and their protection of important resources crucial to everyday life. This GPS enabled tour will help users feel, know and imagine the rich history of the Wurundjeri people and the land that they are so closely tied to.

 

 

Campus Tour, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The app is a tour of the campus of City of Asylum, a Pittsburgh, PA.  The City of Asylum nonprofit provides sanctuary to endangered writers and serves the community with literary and arts-based programs. The City of Asylum App is a five-chapter audio tour includes commentary by Salman Rushdie, Wole Soyinka, Thaddeus Mosley, Oliver Lake, and City of Asylum co-founders Henry Reese and Diane Samuels.

Wine Trail, North Georgia

This Unicoi Wine Trail App provides detailed information on all Unicoi Wine Trail wineries, tasting rooms and events throughout the year. It also includes high resolution pictures, a detailed map of winery locations, google maps, links to each wineries’ website and an informative Unicoi Wine Trail video.

The Unicoi Wine Trail is nestled in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains 80 miles north of Atlanta, Ga and is home to 6 of North Georgia’s premier wineries. The Vineyards & Tasting Rooms are located only miles apart, making it easy to enjoy all local wines without a long drive in-between. With vast acres of estate vineyards, award-winning wines; White County’s Unicoi Wine trail is the epic center for nearly 30 tasting rooms spread across North Georgia.

 

Shields Ethridge Heritage Farm, North Georgia

The Shields Ethridge Heritage Farm App allows users to explore the Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm at their own pace on site or as a virtual tour on their device.    The farm is an outdoor agricultural museum that functions as an educational and interpretive center in northeast Georgia. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is unique for its collection of over 20 intact historic buildings in their original location.

The tour experience shares some of the rich farming history of Northeast Georgia and users can choose their own route or follow the recommended tour route that leads them through the farm core and to nearby farm buildings.

The mission of the Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm is to provide and operate an educational and interpretive outdoor museum that uses historic preservation and the natural environment to increase an awareness and understanding of Georgia’s agricultural history.

 

Cemetery Tour, Grant County, Indiana

The Estates of Serenity App explores the historic Estates of Serenity in Grant County, Indiana with this GPS enabled audio tour.  Buried in this picturesque cemetery are the adventurous vagabonds, war heroes and mighty industrialists that built Marion, Indiana. Users can view a map of the Estates of Serenity, find grave sites through GPS, and listen to professional audio recordings about historic figures buried in the cemetery. This self-guided app gives visitors and interested users the opportunity to see, hear and experience the Estates of Serenity at their own pace.

Big Cat Sanctuary Spanish Language App

Big Cat Sanctuary, Tampa, Florida

Big Cat Rescue, a sanctuary for big cats, wanted to communicate their mission of rescuing abused and abandoned big cats through a virtual tour app, not only in English, but also in Spanish so that they could reach even more hearts and minds.  Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue created the Big Cat Rescue App as well as the Spanish version, Grandes Felinos al Rescate using the App Builder Website.  Read about how this non-profit organization is spreading the word and awareness about its important mission through their app.


 

Interview with Big Cat Rescue

We caught up with Big Cat Rescue’s #1 cat lover and CEO Carole Baskin about her experience using our tourApp Builder Platform.  The app offers a tour of the Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary complete with photos and audio for over 100 Cats along with a GPS based and Campus map.  The app is updated as new cats are brought in to the sanctuary.  The app is available for iPhone and Android.

Tour Buddy: What made you decide to build an app for your organization?

Baskin: We had an app designed for us by a donor, but we didn’t have the ability to keep it current and didn’t want to keep asking him to update it, so the Tour Buddy app was a great way to get what we wanted, without bothering anyone else.

Tour Buddy: How long did it take to create the content and create the app using the Tour Buddy app builder website?

Baskin: It took me two days to build our tour, and that included 105 exotic cats (or stops, as would be the lingo on most tours). There was a photo of each cat, a written bio and an audio bio recording for each cat. We also plotted each cat out on a map in the app. I think it could have been done in a day, if I had all of the files ready ahead of time.

Tour Buddy: What is some of the feedback you have received from the app users?

Baskin: Big Cat Rescue app users love being able to see the cats and hear their stories. It is also a great training tool for our tour guides to learn the cats’ stories and facts about all of the cats at the sanctuary.

Tour Buddy: What is the best part about your app?

Baskin: My favorite thing about Tour Buddy is the ability to update it any time and that it is available in both the App Store and the Google Play Store.

Tour Buddy: What did you like about working with Tour Buddy to create your app?

Baskin: The interface was so user friendly that I didn’t need to schedule training and that means a lot to me since time is what I have the least of.

Tour Buddy: What advice would you give to other organizations that are looking to create an app?

Baskin: The Tour Buddy app is IT. No one knows your site like you do, so take the time to put it all in an app and you will benefit from the effort.

Tour Buddy: How often do you make updates to the app content?

Baskin: We update the content less than once a month and expect that we will maintain this same schedule.

Tour Buddy: What impact has your app had on your organization?

Baskin: The Tour Buddy app has enabled me to make sure that every tour guide gets the exact, “purrfect” story on each cat. In the past, our tour guides trained tour guides and, like the old game of telephone, the message gets changed the more it is handed down. We use a written guide, but people still repeat what they hear more than what they read. By having our audio stories all contained in the Big Cat Rescue app, every guide is hearing the accurate and relevant stories of the 105 exotic cats at the sanctuary.

More Big Cat Rescue Information

Find Big Cat Rescue on YouTube at BigCatTV.com (More than 63,000,000 views) or on

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/BigCatRescue (More than 95,000 Big Cat Rescue fans).


Tour Buddy helps its clients reach new audiences.  Create an app, update it on the fly, and build your own tour in less than a week (Baskin finished theirs in TWO DAYS!).  If you are interested in creating your own mobile app, or you have a question about our tour app builder, please feel free to sign up for your 14 day free trial! You can also check out our FAQ page for more information.

 

GPS Triggered Audio App Tour

GPS Triggered Trolley Tour App

International guests experience the Old Town Trolley Tour in Washington D.C. throughout the year. As a result, Old Town Trolley Tours wanted a GPS triggered audio app tour to provide a tour in guests’ native language.  The app tour tells the story of Washington D.C. stop by stop.  Read about how Old Town Trolley used the App Builder Website to create their GPS triggered foreign language audio tour. 

About the GPS Triggered Audio App Tour

Old Town Trolley Tours is one of the most well-known and highly rated trolley tour companies in the United States. As leaders in tourism, they have created a GPS triggered audio app tour for foreign language guests.  They envisioned a user friendly and practical app that would tell visitors in their native language about what they were seeing.   This stop by stop narration gives visitors a personal tour at their fingertips.

After purchasing a ticket, guests are given sign in access to their tour.  The app is accessed through the Old Town Trolley Tours App on the App Store and Google Play.  Guests will experience the following:

  • A choice of 7 languages including: French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese.
  • GPS triggered audio for every point of interest.
  • GPS enabled map with clickable pins.
  • App shows all of the stops with the option to get directions from their current location.
  • Slideshow of images that rotate as guests listen to audio.
  • Once downloaded, app  works offline.

 

More than ever, Old Town Trolley Tours knows they are providing a relaxing and meaningful experience for every guest.  With their app, Old Town Trolley can make any changes to their tour in real time.  The App Builder offers the ability to update stops or content automatically.  It’s just that easy.

Contact us to learn how to get started using the App Builder Website for your tour, click here.

hospital app tour

Hospital App Tour with Video

Dayton Children’s Hospital in Dayton, Ohio wanted to showcase additions to their facility.   They created a hospital app tour with video that gives visitors a virtual tour of their state of the art facility.  The hospital used the App Builder Website to create their tour with branding, images, audio and video for the App Store and Google Play.  


The Hospital App Tour

The Dayton Children’s Hospital App shows how beautiful, inviting and warm a children’s hospital can be.  After viewing the app, users see how the facility has been growing.  The  app gives a VIP tour of all the different areas of the hospital that are helping to reach every child who visits.    However, the hospital doesn’t just include a registration desk, rehabilitation area and pharmacy, but it also shows a fun photo booth, a lighted staircase, and a ball maze!

 

Now, users can see and hear how Dayton Children’s Hospital works for children and families.  Users can even check-in at Urgent Care through a link in the app.  The Dayton Children’s Hospital App provides a comprehensive tour of the hospital.  The app invites users to connect with the hospital to discover why Dayton Children’s Hospital is just right for your child.

 

Want to learn more about how the App Builder works?  Watch this video.

 

UQ Walking Tour App

Tour of Campus Landmarks

The University of Queensland St. Lucia Campus in Brisbane, Australia has unique and symbolic carvings etched throughout their campus’ buildings.  While the Saint Lucia Campus already has an app tour of their campus, UQ Walking Tours, they wanted to show the beauty and importance of these carvings in a walking tour app to share with their community and the world.  The UQ Carvings App was created using the App Builder Website and depicts more than 1,000 carvings located throughout the scenic campus.


The App

The UQ Carvings App for iOS and Android gives users an inttimate look into the beautiful carvings featured throughout The Great Court area of the University.  The Great Court was designed to be a modern take on the European quadrangles of monasteries and universities. This video describes the significance of the Great Court Carvings:

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The UQ Carvings App tour is organized by building and shows the various areas with carvings along with a caption.  Users can get walking directions to each building and encounter the rich carvings first hand.  Now visitors can not only see each carving in the UQ Carvings App, but they can locate them on campus and better understand the significance of each carving.  Download the UQ Carvings to experience this beautiful space.

 

Self-Guided Tour of Ebenezer Creek

Explore Ebenezer Creek is an iOS and Android GPS triggered mobile app tour of the Springfield Ebenezer Greenway in Springfield, Georgia.  Ebenezer Creek holds so much beauty and history that the City of Springfield wanted to create a self-guided tour that invites visitors and locals alike to learn more about the Creek at their own pace using their own devices.  10 points of interest are included in the app and each one provides a deeper look at the nature or history of the wildlife, plants and stories told about the Creek.  From the first settlers who arrived from Salzburg, Austria in Savannah to an intriguing look at the Tickseed Sunflower, the Explore Ebenezer Creek App tells the story of the Creek.  The City of Springfield created the app using the App Builder Website and the app includes audio, video, original content, GPS triggers and a clickable GPS map.  For the launch of the Explore Ebenezer Creek App, the Georgia Conservancy, City of Springfield and Backwater Expeditions went on a group paddle down the river to experience the river and learn about its beauty and history with their devices.  Read more about the launch event here.

Now, the City of Springfield can provide a historical and nature focused self-guided kayaking tour on their beautiful Creek any time of the year!

Meridian Historic Walking Tour App

Historic Walking Tour of Downtown

The city of Meridian, Idaho wanted to showcase their long and rich history with a walking tour. The city wanted to share local stories and inform their community and visitors about the cultural gems that lie around town. Informational videos, starring a Meridian historian, provide further details as the tour progresses. The app features numerous sites that hold untold treasures!

Building the App

Evarts with the Meridian Historical Preservation Commission worked with local high schooler Nic Herman to develop a digital walking tour with an app called TourBuddy.

So far, there are 22 destination stops in downtown Meridian that will be programmed into the app, Evarts said. The app will use the GPS on your phone or device to let you know how close you are to a destination.

Each stop will have its own profile on the app featuring things like historical background, current information, videos and pictures from the past and present.

The city of Meridian already has a historic walking tour. In fact, every Meridian third-grader takes this tour during the school year. The teachers and students carry books around during the tour with information about the historic sites.

The new app will give teachers, students and other visitors a pool of information and interactive materials, all gathered in one place.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” Evarts said. “It’s kind of a neat way to jump into the digital age with an easy-to-use platform.”

Read the full article about how Meridian’s Walking Tour app is helping to teach 3rd graders about History here>>

 

The App

The app guides users around the town of Meridian by using GPS markers. Highlights of the tour combine historical buildings with unique stories from local historian, Lila Hill.  Josh Evarts, who worked closely with the Meridian Historical Preservation Commission to create the app describes the App Builder as, “a neat way to jump into the digital age with an easy-to-use platform.”  The Meridian Press has written an article about how the app was created and launched.

The walking tour serves to educate users on significant locations while informing them of past stories that are often overlooked. Although the historic walking tour can be enjoyed by anyone, local Meridian grade-school students will be included in the fun as the city helps supplement students’ education of the area using the tour as an active learning experience. Understanding the intricacies that make this town special will foster respect and pride in the younger generations. This is also true for anyone who partakes in the tour!

Can you spot the art deco roof line on the old high school? Or, do you know what year Meridian celebrated its centennial? 

Learn more about Meridian’s Historic Walking Tour available on the App Store and Google Play.

 

Battle of Nashville Driving Tour App

Battle of Nashville Driving Tour App

In early 1862, Nashville became the first Confederate state capitol to fall to Union troops, surrendered without firing a shot.  The Nashville battlefield is huge by Civil War standards, encompassing almost all of south and west Nashville.  City Sites created a self-guided, hands free, GPS triggered app for consumers who want a deeper experience and a way to consume content in a fun and easy manner from their car. The Battle of Nashville Driving Tour app is available on the  App Store and Google Play  for $9.99.


THE APP

Battle of Nashville Driving Tour App is a comprehensive, hands free, GPS triggered tour of the largest battlefield in a metropolitan city. The self-guided tour is organized into 3 tours that you can take at your own pace:
1. FULL tour with all 50 stops
2. Northern tour which features downtown locations and Union fortresses
3. Southern tour which features homes, forts, battlefields, and more.

Many of the tour stops have GPS triggered audio files making it easy to stay focused on the road and sites to see. Great care was given for content accuracy available from local experts, storytellers and those with great knowledge of events.  Interviews and research was conducted with Nashville’s most prominent historians including Ridley Wills II and John Allyn (president of BONP).  Nashville Mayor Megan Barry also provided feedback about the app “Knowing the history of Nashville is critical to understanding where we came from and determining where we will go in the future.  The City Sites-Nashville app offers residents and visitors alike the opportunity to have a fuller, more comprehensive understanding of the history of Nashville and the people who have helped shape the city today.”

City Sites is looking forward to offering a variety of apps in the near future on Architecture, Music Row, and Winery/Brewery tours, just to name a few.

See more driving tour apps and contact Tour Buddy Apps to learn how you can build a better visitor experience.

Sightseeing Manchester trolley tour

City Trolley Foreign Language App Tour

Sightseeing Manchester launched a year round hop-on-hop-off trolley tour of the iconic city of Manchester, England this year.  They wanted to offer the tour in several foreign languages as well as English.  The Tour Buddy App Builder Platform allowed them to create and launch an app that includes the entire trolley tour in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, German and Chinese.   Learn about how Sightseeing Manchester’s new trolley service and foreign language app tour are engaging locals and tourists in Manchester, England.    

 

About the Bus Tour

Sightseeing Manchester has carefully planned 23 hop-on hop-off stops, so that visitors can choose how much time to spend at each stop.   Visitors can view this timetable to catch the next bus to the next stop.  Some of Manchester’s key sights included are Town Hall Manchester, National Football Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and Manchester United Football Club.  The English commentary on the bus tour is Dominic Monaghan, actor from Lord of the Rings and Lost.

 

About the Foreign Language App

Manchester is a hot spot for tourists from all over the world.  Sightseeing Manchester wanted each of their visitors to experience this exceptional tour in their own language.  Tour Buddy had the perfect app platform to make this possible for them.  With features like the GPS enabled map, offline audio, hands free GPS triggers and the ability to make automatic changes to the app, the Sightseeing Manchester App has helped visitors gets the information they want to know on their own language on their own smartphone or tablet. The languages in the app include German, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Chinese.   Download the iOS or Android at the App Store and Google Play.

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Contact Tour Buddy to learn how you can make a Multi-Language App Tour.

Hotel App for Westin Savannah Harbor

The Westin Savannah Harbor always provides a relaxing resort experience.  This world class experience includes easy access to downtown Savannah.  This hotel app engages users within the resort and throughout the city.  Now, the Westin Savannah Harbor App for iOS devices helps visitors connect with the Westin before, during and after their stay.

Push Notifications

The Westin Savannah Harbor Hotel App puts essential information right at visitors’ fingertips.  The app allows the Westin to communicate with their visitors in real time through Geo-fenced push notifications.  Is it Happy Hour?  The Westin can let guests know through the app.

Resort Guide

The Westin Savannah Harbor App also showcases the amenities, dining options, events & promotions.  The clickable guide has images, explanations and GPS locations.  Users have all the essential hotel information available in one place.  No searching the internet or fumbling with a paper schedule.  

Private Sign-in for Custom Tours

Because the App Builder Platform is incredibly flexible, the Westin is able to offer a hotel app with custom itineraries.  The hotel app provides a private sign-in so that guests can privately access their custom itinerary or tour.  Does the guest like seafood restaurants and childrens’ museums?  The Westin concierge can create a specific tour for the guest(s) that they can download using a sign-in through the app.  As a premium feature, the personal touch of a customized tour for a guest can make a lasting impression.

 

Visitors and locals alike want a retreat from everyday life and to experience Savannah in a whole new way.  A stay at the Westin Savannah Harbor provides a refreshing vacation with so many opportunities to explore Savannah.

City Festival and Walking Guide for 150th Anniversary

The App

Fort Thomas’s Birthday

A new app is being rolled out just in time for the 150th birthday of Fort Thomas, Kentucky. The town has employed the Tour Buddy app to keep participants informed about the long list of events that are in store during the sesquicentennial in early July 2017.

Fort Thomas birthday festivities:

  • Cupcake eating contest
  • Fireworks display
  • School of Rock Concert

Fort Thomas’s History

Not only does the app include the schedule and details about the upcoming festivities, it also includes historic tours around Fort Thomas. For example, one stop showcases the oldest home in Fort Thomas, the Taliaferro Home. GPS location triggers help participants find their way. Historic black and white photos, accompanied by modern color photos show how the home has changed throughout the years. Nuggets of historic information are included in the app as well.

Did you know that in 1947 a plane crashed in town and a local grocer came to the rescue?

Learn more while taking the Fort Thomas North End Tour. Or, take the City Center Tour, to view the home and studio of Harlan Hubbard, aka “Kentucky’s Thoreau.” Tour participants can view the accompanying video that celebrates the memory of Harlan and Anna Hubbard to learn more.

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In the News

The Fort Thomas Matters online newsletter quoted the city’s sesquicentennial planning member, Chuck Keller discussing the new app, “It becomes a very interesting e-card for the city, a way to introduce ourselves to new businesses and new residents.”

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Appeal

The app will not only benefit the citizens of Fort Thomas, who will now be able to learn about their town’s history and upcoming citywide events, but it will also appeal to visitors who may be unfamiliar with the long and rich history of the area. This app gives local businesses a chance to introduce sales and promotions directly to users as well. From providing programming information about upcoming town festivals to sharing stories from the town’s long history, the Tour Buddy app is helping to maintain a strong and unique community.

Come experience the magical Sedona Drive Tour App!

The Sedona Drive Tour offers an opportunity for a self guided visit with beautiful red rock views and great locations.  This mobile app tour is all at your own pace and you can spend as long as you like with the comfort of your own car.  The Sedona Drive Tour App for iOS and Android shows what Sedona is truly about.


The App

The Sedona Drive Tour App offers guests a GPS triggered self-guided tour with images, audio, a GPS enabled map and a journey like no other.  The app takes you to several vortex sites and explores what a vortex is.  Destinations in the app include Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, The Chapel of The Holy Cross and so many more.  In addition users will learn about Native American History and why the rocks are red.  The app also features the “Best of Sedona” The app including shopping, restaurants and things to do.   Users can download the Sedona Drive Tour App for free and preview the LITE version and they can also download the full version for $9.99 as an in-app purchase.

 

Behind the Scenes

The app was inspired from an existing CD & DVD Tour still available at www.sedonadrivetours.com.  The Sedona Drive Tour was written by local Sedona writers.  Produced and Directed by Robert Berman he said,”I wanted to make a tour throughout Sedona, that was both informative and intimate, while honoring this very sacred land.”  Tour Buddy had all the tools and technology to help Sedona Drive Tour activate this tour for a new era of app users.

 

 

 

Gettysburg Driving Tour App

Gettysburg Battlefield GPS Driving Tour

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The summer of 2016 has been a hot one along the east coast. One of Pennsylvania’s most visited tourist destinations has been overflowing with tourists and history buffs.  Visitors from all over the world want to learn about the historic battlefields and the Civil War. Now, thanks to InSite Gettysburg, a Gettysburg born and bred everything tech tour company, and Tour Buddy Apps visitors can learn about Gettysburg as they drive along in their car with a driving tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield.

GPS Triggered Audio Tour

A visitor can download the app for $9.99 on the App Store or Google Play.  With the app, you can drive, yes drive, through the battlefields as their app triggers at various points to tell the story of Gettysburg. Then, At each stop images display of historically accurate paintings, and audio plays automatically to explain what visitors see from the comfort of their car. In addition, users can click on a link in each stop that takes them to a Youtube clip that further explains the battle and gives a deeper understanding of what took place.

 

Experience Gettysburg by car

With more than 1,400 monuments, markers and tablets in Gettysburg, it’s daunting to sift through all of them.  As one of the Civil War’s most decisive battles there is much to explore. The Gettysburg Battlefield Driving Tour does just that by identifying some of the more prominent markers at each stops. The InSite Gettysburg team also wanted to include local art in their app. Users will see beautiful dramatic paintings by Dale Gallon, a world renowned local artist whose art tells a history lesson in themselves. (See painting pictured above)

 

Download and learn more

The Gettysburg Battlefield Driving Tour gives visitors freedom to see, hear and watch the story of Gettysburg. Try the Gettysburg Battlefield Driving Tour App today on the App Store and Google Play.

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Civil War Tour, Alexandria, Virginia

The City of Alexandria utilized the App Builder Website to publish their Civil War Driving Tour App for iPhone and Android. This app allows users to “explore Civil War Alexandria and discover how Robert E. Lee’s hometown of Confederate loyalists became a major operations center for Union forces while thousands of African Americans came to the town seeking freedom and security behind Union lines.” Alexandria’s unique Civil War heritage gives visitors today the chance to see a Union fort, Confederate memorial, and museums dedicated to African American history. Check out more than two dozen distinctive sites and learn why Alexandria’s position as an occupied city made its Civil War experience unlike any other town in America – and why today Alexandria embraces its diversity as well as its past!  See why the City of Alexandria used the App Builder Website to create their app:

Q & A with Liz Williams, Assistant Director for the City of Alexandria

Q: What made you decide to build an app for your organization?

A: It was the Civil War Sesquicentennial and we wanted to share the City of Alexandria’s Civil War history to as many people as possible. The mobile app was the perfect way to provide that information to guests and residents, meeting them where they are – on their smartphones.

Q: What is the best part about your app?

A: The best part of the app is the historic photos we used to showcase each stop. It brings a different perspective when you are looking at each stop.

Q: What did you like about working with Tour Buddy to create your app?

A: The platform was easy to use, allowing us to upload all the information ourselves.  And the staff was extremely helpful is providing good tips to make the product the best it could be.

Q: What advice would you give to other organizations who are looking to create an app?

A: Make sure you have an end goal in mind before you start. Plus high resolution graphics, a good data collector, and a skillful writer.

Foreign Language App Tour at Stone Mountain Park, Georgia

Stone Mountain Park App | Foreign Language App Tour

Stone Mountain Park’s recent app launch using the Tour Buddy App Builder features a multi-guide app.  The app showcases 6 foreign language self-guided app tours and enhances engagement.  A self guided tour app creates a better experience for both the park employees and visitors. Caroline Figiel of Creative Digital Productions shares more about the experience using the Tour Buddy App Builder.  To learn more about using Tour Buddy to create a foreign language app tour for your destination, click here. 

Creative Digital Production’s  Mission:

Our Mission…to interpret Stone Mountain’s and Georgia’s history using engaging audio spots on an affordable and easy to navigate delivery platform in multiple languages.

The Results: A Foreign Language App Tour Featuring 6 Languages

A beautifully crafted 6 language mobile app where visitors can imagine another time and place; designed so that each user can take a self-guided tour of each site and know exactly where they are on the GPS enabled map without the attention of a tour guide or fumbling with a paper map.

The Buzz: Visitor Engagement & Experience

Do park employees on the front lines of tourist engagement feel proud to offer a quality product? Yes! Is visitor feedback overwhelming for both the content and the delivery platform? You betcha!

The Story: 

As interpretation specialists, we knew that we had been given.  We did not receive mounds of boring information for a report, but instead… the seeds for some really good storytelling about Georgia and the mountain which would “edu-tain” every person who downloads the app.  Stone Mountain itself is not only the largest exposed granite mass in the world, but is also the site of the largest bas-relief carving in the world. Did you know because of political events, temperamental artists, and financial struggles, the carving took 55 years to complete? That in itself is a sweeping saga worthy of a summer blockbuster!

From the beginning, my partner Danny and I knew we would uncover many fascinating events and amusing legends. So, we decided in partnership with Stone Mountain Park, to let many of the stories tell themselves through fictionalized characters based on the time period of the subject matter. As the scripts began to unfold, our characters came to represent a cross section of Georgia’s population in the 1700-1900s.  These characters include  a frontier doctor, farmer’s wife, field slave, rich planter, and real life super hero.  Some of their stories would tickle your funny bone while others would tug at your heart.

We began script writing and production of  the initial 22 “edu-taining” audio spots.   In phase two, we began implementation.  In order for media interpretation to be successful, the production can’t stand alone.  If technology fails, the carefully crafted content won’t be heard and users will become frustrated.  Therefore, we made it a priority to offer a delivery platform that allowed visitors the best user experience. With 132 media files, Tour Buddy’s Multi-Guide App was our best choice.

Launching the Foreign Language App Tour:

The app was very easy to load and could handle a lot of media because it was a Multi-Guide App. We were able to create one tour and then copy it so that we did not have to enter data multiple times. Once downloaded, visitors enter in a special passcode for their specific language to find the GPS guided tours.  The tours include insightful video links, picture galleries and social media links.

Stone Mountain Park can now reach each visitor to inform, engage and entertain.  These experiences create lifelong memories and a unique understanding of Stone Mountain Park and its history.

That in itself is worthy of a tale!

 

Bonaventure Cemetery Tour App available for download today!

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The Bonaventure Historical Society wanted to create an app tour that would tell visitors the stories of all those buried in the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA.  By creating a mobile app tour, they were able to provide a self guided tour to visitors as well as bring in revenue to help fund the cemetery.  Read more about their app.


As one of Savannah’s most visited attractions, The Bonaventure Cemetery has a hauntingly beautiful landscape and wealth of stories to tell. The Bonaventure Historical Society created  a mobile app tour so that more visitors could hear and experience the stories and images at their own pace with a GPS triggered app. Many important historical figures and artists are buried at Bonaventure including poet Conrad Aiken, Academy Award-winning lyricist Johnny Mercer and Georgia’s first governor Edward Telfair. There are two apps available through the Savannah Experiences App including Bonaventure Cemetery Tour LITE which is free and has a select number of stops that users can preview, and Bonaventure Cemetery Tour ($4.99) that has the full tour of 31 stops.

 

All proceeds from the app purchase go directly to support the preservation efforts of the cemetery by the Bonaventure Historical Society. Come experience this rich historical 100 acre cemetery and download the Bonaventure Cemetery Tour App in the Savannah Experiences App on the App Store and Google Play today.

 

Explore M123 Enterprise App

Explore M123 Tour App, Northern Michigan Available for iPhone and iPad

We are proud of our latest enterprise app Explore M123.  This interactive guide of scenic Northern Michigan offers 3 individual guides for you to download and access offline.  Each of the guides offer beautiful images and audio narratives of this rustic and storied country as well as interactive GPS maps and contact information for places to visit. State route M123 is just one road.  One road.  Many stories.

  1.  Explore M123 takes you down state route M-123, 63 miles of pure Upper Peninsula Michigan.  The audio tour dishes on the stories behind picturesque stops like the Crisp Point Lighthouse and its amazing place in Michigan’s maritime history. Winter and summer activities guides help you find interesting local pastimes.  An accommodations guide is also included to help locate lodging.
  2. The Great Water’s Region Guide includes three trail tours that show every bit of the area’s natural beauty, charming small town life and world renowned landmarks. The Lake Superior Trail, Lake Huron Trail and Lake Michigan Trail are all at your fingertips for use with your iPad, iPhone and Android devices.
  3. Because Explore M123 is an enterprise app with multiple tours, it also includes a video tour of the Tahquamenon Scenic Byway.  The video tour provides more depth through real stories and experiences, which illustrate the beauty and singularity of the area.  You can download the video tour and access it offline, along with all the other tours in the enterprise app.

Download Explore M123 on the App Store

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Download Explore M123 on Google Play
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More about the Tour Buddy Enterprise App >>

Additional Guides can be added or deleted at any time and all guide content is updated dynamically through the Tour Buddy App Builder Website.

Explore M123 Screenshots

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