Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has released
'Visit Korea 2.0', the upgraded version of the original 'Visit Korea'
smartphone application. The ‘Visit Korea' smartphone application (app) is
the main Korea travel app developed by KTO (CEO Charm Lee) for foreign
'Visit Korea 2.0' contains more Korea travel content
and information, which has been optimized for mobile use and increased
user-friendliness. It is available for free download on iPhone and Android.
The first 'Visit Korea' app was released in February
2011 to provide comprehensive information on Korea tourism for the rapidly
growing population of smartphone users around the world. As there had been a
lack of apps to assist travellers in Korea, the 'Visit Korea' app appealed to
inbound travellers to Korea.
The most notable feature of 'Visit Korea 2.0' is the
mobile optimization of database entries containing detailed information on
travel destinations (tourist attractions, restaurants, accommodations, shops,
festivals, events, performances, etc.).
'Visit Korea 2.0' has completed the optimization
process for the entire menu comprising the app. Therefore, it is now a lot more
convenient for the users to browse through the app and look up specific contents.
Around 3,500 database entries have been optimized for mobile use, and grouped
into five main categories including Attractions, Dining, Accommodations,
Shopping, and Transportation. All database entries have a map to assist
foreign travellers find directions to their desired destinations.
Furthermore, 'Visit Korea 2.0' allows users to share
individual contents on their personal Social Networking Sites including
Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare, further expanding opportunities to promote
Korea travel content.
Along with the database entries of travel information,
'Visit Korea 2.0' provides a wide range of reading materials and travel tools
for foreign travellers, especially for those who are less familiar with
Korea. The app recommends travel destinations, which are conveniently
categorized by theme. Other reading materials include tips on using public
transportation (airport, subway, bus, etc.), items to buy and places to buy
them, Korean cuisine and places to eat, and more.
The focus of the main page is the slideshow of 34
images that best represent Korea. The "Korea in Images" page divides
the 34 images into four different categories, and also gives access to video
clips produced by the KTO.
The GPS integration allows users to bring up the map of
their current location at anytime by tapping the "Nearby" button at
the bottom of the screen. The map shows nearby tourist attractions,
restaurants, accommodations, shops, and cultural facilities. It also generates
routes from the current location to a destination.
Another strength of 'Visit Korea 2.0' is the regular
updating of its content. Any update on the official KTO website (also
called Visit Korea; www.visitkorea.or.kr)
will follow on 'Visit Korea 2.0'. Through the regular updating, the app users
will be able to know what is happening in Korea wherever they are.
As the number of smartphone users across the globe
soars, the number of foreign travellers demanding and acquiring tourist
information via smartphone applications also increases. The KTO hopes that
'Visit Korea 2.0' will meet such demand by providing sufficient information and
tools for one's travel throughout Korea. Furthermore, in partnership with
relevant organizations both home and abroad, the KTO plans to promote 'Visit
Korea 2.0' and its advantages globally.
Finally, 'Visit Korea 2.0' can be downloaded free of
charge at the links below or from iTunes App Store and Google Play Store for
iPhones and Android Phones, respectively.
Visit Korea 2.0 for iPhone – http://itunes.apple.com/kr/app/visit-korea/id417340885?mt=8
Visit Korea 2.0 for Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visitkorea.eng&feature=search_result
Dated 11 September, 2012
Further information: Jennifer Doherty,
PR/Marketing Manager, KTO Sydney office