App helps discover Vidzeme gulf shore

The local government tourism information centers of the provincial Vidzeme shoreline have banded together with Latvia’s leading map-publishing house Jāņa sēta to develop a new Android smart-phone application called “Vidzeme Coast”.

As national information agency LETA learned Wednesday from the Saulkrasti district council spokesperson Marika Grasmane, the app will be available in Latvian, Russian and English to offer a convenient overview of information about the 676 objects and service providers in the districts of Aloja, Carnikava, Limbaži, Salacgrīva and Saulkrasti.

Just in time for the launch of the summer season, the app will provide written annotations, contact info and photos for each featured site. In addition, users will be able to consult map routes tailored to automobiles, hikers, boaters and bicyclists, not to mention event listings to include all of the important goings-on this year on the northeast coastline of the Riga Gulf.

Having planned the joint app initiative as part of the tourism cluster development program “Thrilling Vidzeme”, the local governments involved also wanted to help visitors find their way around the districts’ nearby accommodations and food service establishments.

The Android operating system was chosen as the platform for the app because it runs more than 80% of all devices. The Vidzeme Coast app can be downloaded free-of-charge from Google Play.

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