A NEW tourism app promoting the Skellig coastline as a destination to rival Killarney and Dingle is expected to provide a major boost for tourism providers the area.
Catering both for Apple and Android users, the free app, 'scellig coast', is the first dedicated to south Kerry tourism and presents details on the Kells to Castlecove area, all in a visitor friendly package.
It's the work of Skellig Coast Tourism Group which was set up in 2008 by local tourism businesses, initially with the help of SKDP, and the group's main focus is to market the Skellig coast as one area.
"We have to admit we have great admiration for the brilliant promotional and marketing work done by Killarney and Dingle but we have a really wonderful tourist product along the Skellig Coast and we need to promote it using the most up to date means available to us," Skellig Coast Tourism Chairman Eddie Booth states.
"This unique new free app is the perfect tool to enable the Skellig Coast area to get ahead of the curve and to compete for the maximum number to visitors to find us and spend time exploring the unique character of South Kerry," he adds.
The app was launched last Wednesday at the Ring of Kerry Hotel. It's an easy to use mobile travel guide to help visitors plan a holiday itinerary.
It works through GPS phones and shows exactly where things are based on your current location and can be used to find a place to stay and eat as well as other tourism businesses and details 'things to see and do' alphabetically and by category.
Tourist attractions include walking & cycling routes, beaches, watersports, fishing spots, scenic drives, birdwatching and wildlife spots.
Meanwhile, clicking 'your favourites' helps other see exactly what businesses are worth the visit for the user's family and friends. The app works side by side with the current Skellig Coast printed brochure, an upcoming website, Facebook and Twitter.