Tuesday, 28 August 2012 08:09

Pafos goes App

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treasure list_iphoneAn Innovative First for Cyprus, created by Cypriots for World Travellers.

Imagine you are a visitor to a new town, city, country, you want to see and experience as much as possible, be able to learn about the history of the place, where to eat, how to get there, at the same time have fun winning prizes.

Now you can, no more need for guide books or maps, all this information and more will come to you via your iPhone/iPad.

The launch of the first application centres around Pafos where 14 sites have been listed, these include museums, archaeological, creativeworkshops, and craft outlets.

When a visitor checks into a site they instantly gain points, as they progress they will gain enough points to win a gift, plus the chance to win a three night stay for two at a local hotel.

Treasure Hunt in effect, promotes places of interest, at the same time thevisitor takes part in a fun competitive game. All points on the app are accessible by public transport and the application facilitates the bus route information for each point.

The application is available in English, Greek, and Russian. Another big bonus boost for towns and cities, is the application allows treasure hunters to share their progress with friends and family via social networking sites – Facebook and Twitter, by sharing their 'hunt' in this way the town and its 'treasures' are promoted to new potential visitors.

It's been a long time in the making but, we the innovators can now offer this totally unique application FREE on the iTunes App Store or by visiting www.pafostreasurehunt.com .

Nicosia based company Cocoon Creations along with Pafos based Tourism Consultants Avantless LTD plus a like minded group of International associates are busy working on applications for European destinations.

Cocoon Creation's co-founder Michalis Strouthos believes: -

'This is just the beginning of something much bigger, by cleverly harnessing the power of smartphone technology; we bring towns and cities alive via a visitors device. Tourism is rapidly changing, and Cyprus can now lay claim to having created a worlds first in electronic tourism which combines education, entertainment , and full on instant promotion for each town and city.'

Petros Mavros – Managing director of Avantless made the point that: -

"The Treasure Hunt will mean a before and an after in the way we market Tourist destinations, this is the first online collaborative destination marketing tool that brings the end-consumer in direct contact with the tourist product.

There is no intermediation, no intervention from 3rd parties and there is no pressure exercised on the end-customer. FIT (Free Independent Travelers) make up 50% of the Cypriot Tourist business, and will be the first target group to download for free the app. Pafos launches the Treasure Hunt as it's a town which displays the ideal characteristics to lead the initiative, with more Cyprus towns to follow'.

For more information talk to:

Petros Mavros - Avantless 26948003 – 99217165 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michalis Strouthos –Cocoon Creations 22253233 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Petros Mavros

Petros Mavros directs the Cyprus based office for the eastern Mediterranean, as a senior consultant, he has experience consulting for various Cities with administration and destination planning in Spain, the  putting into action of plans financed and promoted by the European Union Cohesion Fund. An expert in technological development of the tourist sector and such is his level of expertise, companies such as MeetingMatrix and Sybelio have invited him to consult. A holder of a first class business degree in hotel management from SHA Les Roches in Switzerland, Petros Mavros is also multilingual and can communicate fluently in four European languages.

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