December 6, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(VANCOUVER) It's only fitting that the Heritage Tourism Alliance of B.C. chose the Planetarium to launch a mobile app that's out of this world.
The umbrella organization for B.C.'s heritage sites, museums and operators will unveil the Time Travel BC Project website – www.TimeTravelBC.com – at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Auditorium on December 9. The project features a comprehensive heritage aggregator website and the Heritage Tourism Mobile App.
Both website and mobile app are the result of a partnership between the Heritage Tourism Alliance (HTA) and a number of organizations, including the New Pathways to Gold Society. Terry Raymond and Cheryl Chapman, co-chairs of the New Pathways to Gold Society, say they are proud and excited to be one of the project partners.
"This exciting promotional project will give visitors to our province virtual access to heritage attractions across B.C.," said Raymond.
Chapman -- who is also Training and Development Manager for the Aboriginal Tourism Association of B.C. -- said the new Heritage Tourism Mobile App puts a vast store of information in the palm of visitors' hands.
"With this app, visitors can access a wealth of stories and information with a few clicks on their Smartphones," Chapman said.
The Heritage Tourism Mobile App delivers content about B.C. sites and attractions via Smartphones (including the iPhone as well as Blackberry and Android phones). It also provides map functions and turn-by-turn directions to heritage locations for users of devices utilizing Location Based Services (GPS).
Digital content from B.C. heritage attractions and sites will be featured on heritage tours along various geographic routes, like the Gold Rush/Spirit Trails between Hope and Barkerville. Visitors will be able to share their tour experiences on Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon, Flickr and other social media.
The Heritage Tourism Mobile App is supported by a new website, www.TimeTravelBC.com, that will give visitors to the province further virtual access to heritage attractions across B.C. The website will deliver dynamic and alluring samplings of story-based content from B.C.’s heritage places and attractions, including photographs, streaming video, audio, print-based sources and interactive Trip Planner functions.
Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Ida Chong will help launch the website and mobile app at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Auditorium at 10:45 a.m.
The Time Travel BC Project is the result of a partnership between the Heritage Tourism Alliance of B.C., the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, the New Pathways to Gold Society, Heritage B.C. and the B.C. Museums Association.
The Heritage Tourism Alliance of B.C. is a collaboration of some of British Columbia’s key heritage and tourism stakeholders, who work together to promote and celebrate the very best of BC’s heritage sites and experiences.
The New Pathways to Gold Society is a community-based organization dedicated to economic development through investment in B.C. heritage and continued reconciliation with First Nations.
For more information, please contact:
Don Hauka, Communications/Creative Director