For those with smart phones and i-pads, comes the “Show me Wales” ap. Instead of a guide book you can use the ap to provide information about what’s nearby to visit, what events are on and where to eat and stay.
Devised by two groups, Mid Wales and North Wales Tourism, the ap will be launched today (why not yesterday on St David’s Day?) in Corris at the craft centre there.
So how useful will it be for the visitor? For a start it is free. Secondly it covers more than the geography suggested by the two groups behind it. It has information provided by Cadw, (castles and heritage) South West Wales Partnership on beaches, culture provided by South East Wales Tourism Partnership, Capital Regional Tourism and walking and cycling in Ceredigion. (from Ceredigion Council.) But there is also a section on places to stay, to eat and to drink as well as a very useful section (particularly if you have children) on things to do on a rainy day. It sounds pretty comprehensive.
And from your smart phone you can book accommodation, restaurants and attraction tickets. It works a bit like your car satnav. A GPS signal tells the ap where you are so that it can tailor information in that area. If you want a wider field you can adjust it. In addition, there is a website, www.showmewales.co.uk for those who still have old fashioned phones but still want a very useful guide to the country.
Being both a planning tool and a functional guide whilst you’re travelling will be its biggest boon. Will it replace the guidebooks? Let us know what you think of it.