Location-based tourist information is closely aligned to location-based marking and public transport and many apps provide a mixture of location-based services.
Location-based apps provide a mechanism to advise tourists of:
An example of a mobile application providing tourist information is the UK's Visit Brighton which provides:
It is desirable for common design elements to be shared between the public transport and city/regional wayfinding systems and tourist information applications. Effective tourist information needs to be well targeted at the likely user - and this should influence the look and feel of the applications as well as the language used and information presented.
From a technical perspective, the critical requirements areto ensure that all data elements are correctly geo-refererenced, up to date, correctly attributed and rigorously reviewed prior to publication.
Marketing and tourist information is likely to contain advertising content - which offers the opportunity of revenue streams, but may raise regulatory issues depending on the funding source for the location-based service.