Experiential Travel Innovation Embraced by Hope BC
Experiential travel gets a boost in Hope BC with an interactive walking tour that combines geocaching, augmented reality, trivia, scavenger hunts, and more, to learn about Hope BC’s history and attractions.
HOPE, BC – Responding to the trend of experiential travel, AdvantageHOPE has partnered with award-winning augmented reality tech company, QuestUpon, to create an interactive walking tour for visitors and residents of the community.
“We wanted to develop a fun, modern and family-friendly way to help our visitors learn more about Hope and its history, while also being a leader in bringing this innovative technology to the tourism industry,” said Tammy Shields, Executive Director of AdvantageHOPE. “Many of our guests are only in town for a short time, and this self-guided walking tour gives them something to do while they are here, experiencing some of our local attractions and history – including Rambo – in a fun and interactive way.”
The Heroes of Hope quest takes the visitor on an interactive GPS-guided tour through downtown Hope, navigating to various points of interest. Some of these include wood carving scavenger hunts, trivia, travelling time to see history come alive with buildings that are no longer standing, seeing a sternwheeler come up the river, a gold panning game, taking photos, and more.
“With experiential travel on the rise, we wanted to provide a wide variety of activities or missions that educate and entertain,” said Tammy Meyers, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of QuestUpon. “We blend animated 3D augmented reality into a real world scavenger hunt with geocaching, thereby delivering a compelling experience into the palm of the traveler’s hand, using their smartphone. It’s a fun way for people to enhance their visit.”
About AdvantageHOPE AdvantageHOPE is Hope’s Economic Development and Tourism Agency. Both in its roots and at its core today AdvantageHOPE is a community initiative reliant on the support of the community for its success.
We are focused on attracting business to Hope by attracting people to Hope. Underlying any business decision to locate here is a human element and we think that the lifestyle Hope offers is inherently attractive and worth promoting. To stimulate growth in the Hope area we know economic development is achievable through tourism development and similar initiatives that recognize the unique ‘hub’ of our location and unique natural assets.
For more information please visit www.hopebc.ca.
About QuestUpon – Award recipient for ‘Most Innovative Entertainment Company’. QuestUpon creates interactive and engaging experiences for the 21st century audience, bringing things to life in the real world with virtual reality and 3D augmented reality. QuestUpon provides a full range of uses to the user, providing a new way to experience their environment for an extreme level of engagement. The platform allows for a variety of quest types including urban races, guided tours, treasure hunts and games. The founders have a long history in mobile platform and game development with their associate company, PlayMobility. For more information visit www.questupon.com