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Cape Cod Chamber Launches Free Travel Android App for Visitors

Editor’s note: Not too long ago, I remember waiting for the Northeast Mobil Travel Guide to come out, so we could research the latest Cape Cod hotels, restaurants and attractions.  In particular, this was our way of finding out about great Cape Cod restaurants like Mildred’s Chowder House (how could it only get one star?), Patti’s Rib House and the Neptune Room (wow, all of those places are no longer there!).

Have times ever changed. Now with the download of an app on one’s own miniaturized mobile phone, you can get the most updated information on local travel. Whether from home, on the road, in the local coffee shop — or while vacationing on Cape Cod — you can plan a Cape Cod vacation on a device that’s much smaller than the Archer “walkie talkies” we had as kids!  You have to wonder where this technology is all going in the next few years. If you told me 15 years ago that you could travel plan through a cell phone, I would not have believed it. Back then, the Omnipoint cell phones seemed like the greatest thing since sliced bread, and now they seem as old as, well, me!

The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce has smartly become involved with “apps” technology — a good thing, given Cape Cod is one of our nation’s most popular vacation destinations. Marci Tyldesley, at Cape Public relations, just tipped us on this valuable trip planning tool. Read on, and enjoy using this app to plan your Cape Cod vacation…

Visitors to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket now have one more tool in their mobile planning arsenal with the launch of the Cape Cod Travel Guide Android app by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. The new app, which is a mobile version of the Chamber’s annual Cape Cod Travel Guide magazine, was launched last summer for iPhone and iPad users. The new Android version was launched this month and users can find it by searching for “Cape Cod” in their market.

The App features a comprehensive Calendar of Events, “Hot Deals” and “Special Offers,” and listings to accommodations, museums, attractions, restaurants, transportation and shops on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.  A visitor searching for lodging, for example, can narrow their search by town or by categories such as “waterfront accommodations”, “bed and breakfast” or “pet friendly”. They could also search the “Hot Deals” tab for last minute specials offered by area hotels. Additionally, the App includes maps of the region and links to each town’s Chamber of Commerce.

“We recognize that visitors are consuming and searching for information in new ways so we’re evolving to make sure Cape Cod is positioned to meet the needs,” said Wendy Northcross, CEO of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. “The Android App is just the most recent tool we’ve rolled out to provide visitors fast, easy information where they want it.  And with the unofficial start of summer this weekend, it’s exciting to be able to deliver this level of customer service. It’s good for the visitors and it’s good for our businesses.”

The free App (including iPad, iPhone and Android) has been downloaded by 11,800 users since last July.  For more information, visit www.capecodchamber.org.

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