York welcoming a new age of “techno-tourism”

York welcoming a new age of “techno-tourism”

York welcoming a new age of “techno-tourism”

First published in News

TOURISTS visiting York’s historic streets are being encouraged to take advantage of the new technological offerings the city now boasts.

In a new era of what has been dubbed “techno-tourism”, industry officials are working to make York the top British destination for those travelling with a smartphone or tablet.

Kate McMullen, head of Visit York, said: “York is a beautiful city, and we often see visitors using smartphones and tablets to take photographs and videos during their visits, but this year, York’s top visitor attractions are taking this one step further, with a host of apps and augmented reality to bring this historic city to life with the very latest technology.”

York is already pioneering the world’s first app-based tour which features holographic guides, through a partnership with City of York Council and appeartome.com to develop an app that makes characters from the city’s past appear on screen in a number of locations around the city.

Working with similar technology Yorkshire Air Museum, in Elvington, is set to become the first attraction in the world to introduce virtual guides, including Yorkshire-born Amy Johnson and inventor of the bouncing bomb, Sir Barnes Wallis. Also using technology to bring history to life is the JORVIK Viking Centre through its Coppergate Alive! app, York Museums Trust with its Kirkgate app, and the York Churches app.

A further free app, ‘Cycle Yorkshire: Ride the Routes’ pays homage to the legacy of the recent Tour de France Grand Depart, which passed through York on July 7, offering a guide to the routes followed by the peloton.

Later this summer, Visit York will launch York’s first Events app. Kate McMullen added: “York now has more ways of exploring the city through technology than anywhere else in Britain.

“York’s tourism businesses are embracing new technology. All of this, combined with the arrival of free city-centre wide WiFi, will make York one of the best interpreted cities in the country.”

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11:53am Wed 13 Aug 14

Yorkswalls says...

I don't like logging on to the city-centre wide wifi they want too much info about me.
I don't like logging on to the city-centre wide wifi they want too much info about me. Yorkswalls
  • Score: -10

1:35pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Fanny Free House says...

Enjoy your partnership with City of York Council, and the fact that visitors can logon because no doubt Yorks council tax is diverted to fund this luxury.

Meanwhile services are cut, and the basics are ignored, and already paid for services are being reduced or charged for again.

Labour, living the dream in cloud cuckoo land.

Residents tolerating the nightmare that is Labour.
Enjoy your partnership with City of York Council, and the fact that visitors can logon because no doubt Yorks council tax is diverted to fund this luxury. Meanwhile services are cut, and the basics are ignored, and already paid for services are being reduced or charged for again. Labour, living the dream in cloud cuckoo land. Residents tolerating the nightmare that is Labour. Fanny Free House
  • Score: -11

4:34pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Meirion M says...

Fanny Free House wrote:
Enjoy your partnership with City of York Council, and the fact that visitors can logon because no doubt Yorks council tax is diverted to fund this luxury.

Meanwhile services are cut, and the basics are ignored, and already paid for services are being reduced or charged for again.

Labour, living the dream in cloud cuckoo land.

Residents tolerating the nightmare that is Labour.
Do not worry.
Labour in York will be soon in the past.
Roll on May 2015.
[quote][p][bold]Fanny Free House[/bold] wrote: Enjoy your partnership with City of York Council, and the fact that visitors can logon because no doubt Yorks council tax is diverted to fund this luxury. Meanwhile services are cut, and the basics are ignored, and already paid for services are being reduced or charged for again. Labour, living the dream in cloud cuckoo land. Residents tolerating the nightmare that is Labour.[/p][/quote]Do not worry. Labour in York will be soon in the past. Roll on May 2015. Meirion M
  • Score: -16

2:54am Thu 14 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

That photo shows everything that is wrong with the Minster Piazza... tourists ALL OVER the place not looking where they are standing, whilst obstructing a public highway, a highway that has been poorly marked and not at all visible to blind or partially sighted people
That photo shows everything that is wrong with the Minster Piazza... tourists ALL OVER the place not looking where they are standing, whilst obstructing a public highway, a highway that has been poorly marked and not at all visible to blind or partially sighted people Magicman!
  • Score: -3

10:12am Thu 14 Aug 14

BethFoxhunter96 says...

Yorkswalls wrote:
I don't like logging on to the city-centre wide wifi they want too much info about me.
I know, right! Public wifi is so creepy! "log in with facebook" and suddenly they have access to your friend list etc.

The wifi and apps etc were free to develop... so instead the information they harvest from people logging in is sold to be used to market to us and advertise. No thanks. Luckily apps exist to seemlessly route round the creepy wifi connections. You may need to give details to join (that's a legal requirement) but then you can use TOR apps to bypass any creepy peeping toms or forced advertising and marketting.

At least it works in York, Barcelona's is awful, Rome's is patchy and it's so expensive in France and Germany.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkswalls[/bold] wrote: I don't like logging on to the city-centre wide wifi they want too much info about me.[/p][/quote]I know, right! Public wifi is so creepy! "log in with facebook" and suddenly they have access to your friend list etc. The wifi and apps etc were free to develop... so instead the information they harvest from people logging in is sold to be used to market to us and advertise. No thanks. Luckily apps exist to seemlessly route round the creepy wifi connections. You may need to give details to join (that's a legal requirement) but then you can use TOR apps to bypass any creepy peeping toms or forced advertising and marketting. At least it works in York, Barcelona's is awful, Rome's is patchy and it's so expensive in France and Germany. BethFoxhunter96
  • Score: 4

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