San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) July 26, 2012
PocketGuide, a Budapest-based technology startup, has selected Viator, Inc., the leading resource for more than 10,000 tours and activities around the world, as its preferred partner to provide mobile access to travel experiences through its recently expanded PocketGuide App. With a seamless connection to Viator’s mobile platform – m.viator.com – travelers who download the PocketGuide App, featuring audio tours in more than 80 popular cities around the world, will be able to identify and book pre-screened tours and activities, all at the best prices, directly through the app.
The PocketGuide mobile app, available for iPhone and Android, lets travelers turn a smartphone into a personal tour guide. With a selection of audio tours in more than 80 major destinations, the app guides the traveler through their destination by voice. PocketGuide’s new connection to Viator’s mobile web and API platforms lets travelers easily identify the selection of tours and activities that are available in their destination, and, book them with just a few taps on their smartphone. With the ability to purchase up to the last minute (most tours can be purchased within 24 hours), and instant confirmations and e-vouchers, travelers can experience even more of their destination while being guided by their PocketGuide tour.
“We take great care in providing travelers with high-quality audio tours through the PocketGuide app, all created by the best local tour guides who know what travelers should be seeing in their destinations,” said Martin Rétai, Founder and CEO of PocketGuide. “We are excited to be working with Viator to provide our customers with access to the best tours and travel experiences helping make their trips even more special.”
“The team at PocketGuide shares our view of helping travelers have amazing travel experiences in their destination by working with the best local guides and resources,” said Ken Frohling, vice president of Business Development for Viator. “Our mobile platform and API services have flexibility that allows our local tour operators to load last minute inventory and special pricing, a perfect complement to PocketGuide’s collection of audio tours.”
Viator® is the world’s leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to more than 10,000 tours, attractions and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries. Viator – the Latin word for traveler – offers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities via its Web and mobile platforms with resources such as more than 300,000 traveler reviews, ratings and photos, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator’s in-house travel experts hand-pick trusted local operators to ensure quality, value and service, all backed by a low-price guarantee. Viator sells its products through Viator.com, the Viator Tours and Activities App for iPhone, the Viator Ultimate Experience Guide for iPad, the Viator Shore Excursions website, local language sites for European, Latin American and Asian markets and more than 2,000 affiliated sites that include major hotel chains and airlines, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Viator is a privately held company, with lead investment from The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Founded in 1995, Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.
PocketGuide Audio Travel Guides are a collection of audio tours of the best locations and insider hangouts in the world’s major cities and tourist destinations. With different thematic tours available in more than 80 destinations worldwide, the GPS-based app automatically informs you when an interesting site is nearby. All tours are developed by the knowledgeable local tour guides who help you travel to see all the top sites. This intuitive application guides you with voice navigation and fits comfortably in your pocket. Once the guide is downloaded, PocketGuide works without roaming charges or WiFi connection.