Yesterday the Western Australian Minister for Tourism, Dr. Kim Hames, launched the new Experience Western Australia mobile app.
The free app, built for Android and iPhone, allows users to browse over 7,000 listings from around the state. It incorporates a range of different ways to discover new places and experience the best of what the state has to offer. If you’re stuck for an idea and need some inspiration the app will make suggestions based on your current mood and if you’re planning a specific trip then you can browse some suggested itineraries or even build your own.
But the key differentiating feature of the app is the ability to choose between online and offline modes. An optional preload of all data from the application server (and a flick of the switch to offline mode) allows visitors to use the app on their long flight down-under or explore the furthest reaches of our vast state without having to worry about ‘roaming’ charges. The local copy of the database syncs with the application’s cloud based server, so any changes to the data can be pushed to users’ phones without needing to update the app itself through the store.