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Wednesday 2 November 2022

A new travel app you can probably do without

Sometimes you get a press release about a product that sounds great.

Then you investigate and it isn't great at all.

Today's press release promised: "Now there is one travel app that provides an essential travel companion and it’s free!"

It may be free, but it certainly isn't essential.

The Australian Visitor Centres App is available for free download from the App Store or Google Play.

The press release says: "It opens the window on a wealth of up-to-date information for travellers starting with the location of over 400 accredited Visitor Information Centre across Australia. Wherever you’re travelling, from the tropics to the ski-fields, the coast to the outback, you can find the inside track on what to see and do from locals."

OK. Sounds good. So I downloaded it and it proved clunky, and very hard to navigate.

I put "Tasmania" and "Huon Valley" into the search engine as an experiment and got nothing.

The press blub claims: "Whether you are seeking must do attractions, galleries, bush walks and nature-based experiences, in search of fishing spots, the nearest golf course or great dining options, the Australian Visitor Centres App includes a wealth of information and special deals."

I've just deleted the app.

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