Award-winning digital audio tour company Geotourist have launched a new #StayAtHome #EpicEngland campaign to support the English Tourism Industry.
Originally launched in December 2018 – and with thousands of listens – the Epic England collection of remotely accessible audio tours ties together the history, geography, myths and legends of England on one audio-mapping platform, free for users.
Working with nine world-class English DMOs and organisations, Epic England transcends time and geography to document what has gone before, allowing both residents and tourists alike to understand what makes England the nation that it is today so that they might connect with these destinations during the COVID-19 crisis. Saxons, founding fathers, boy wizards, and vampires all play a part in telling the stories of England, past and present. Narrated by local voices, these stories are now pinned to the Geotourist digital audio map of the world for others to discover, without having to leave their homes or travel to these locations.
Typically an open source platform and app that delivers audio tours to real-time visitor locations, Geotourist is currently only advocating remote access to the tours, which can be listened to from anywhere in the world and provides an immersive audio guide experience.
Geotourist has partnered with the following organisations for phase one of Epic England: Destination Bristol, City of London Corporation, The Farringdon Ring, Northumberland Tourism (with three tours in Hexham, Alnwick and Berwick), Visit Portsmouth, University of Plymouth (also available in Mandarin), Visit Surrey, Shropshire Hills Tourism, and Discover Yorkshire Coast (with three tours known as Curious Filey, Curious Whitby and Curious Scarborough).
The tours shine a light on some of England’s defining moments such as D-Day and the Plague, as well as points that underline the importance of local heritage, geography and provenance. Through the Epic England audio tours, Geotourist and partners have captured these stories digitally to protect local content for generations to come.
The Epic England collection aims to keep these destinations fresh in the minds of potential visitors for when free movement and tourism resumes. Developed to ultimately help visitors make the most out of their visit, Epic England delivers free-to-use tours via a free-to-download app and mobile site.
CEO Shaon Taluker said, “We’re delighted to support our English DMO, local government and Higher Educations partners by shining a light on our Epic England collection. Travel and tourism have changed overnight and at Geotourist we’re incredibly mindful of the fact that free movement is simply not possible right now. Our Epic England collection has 14 tours across nine destinations so that visitors can experience what makes these places all so incredible without leaving home. As well as facilitating virtual travel right now, our tours help people to develop a relationship with these destinations and plan where they will visit when possible. With international travel up in the air for some time to come, the Epic England collection is a wonderful way to support English Tourism Week and encourage domestic tourism, when possible.”