To tap further into the increasingly popular trend for using apps and technology to plan the perfect holiday, VisitGuernsey is partnering with the fastest growing location finding experts ‘what3words’, to encourage visitors to explore undiscovered hidden gems in all five of the Islands of Guernsey.
Launching in March, VisitGuernsey will unveil a discovery themed featuring some of the most scenic and out of the way locations across the Islands of Guernsey. Entrants to the competition will follow directions, published on visitguernsey.com, to locations using the ‘what3words’ app and can win a huge range of prizes.
‘what3words’ launched in 2013, was ‘App of the day’ in 143 countries in November 2019, and has more than 1+ Million downloads on Google’s App Store.
‘what3words’ makes it simple to locate those difficult to find, but must see sights. VisitGuernsey has identified 20 hard to find but must see sights so far and working with ‘what3words’ has given them their own unique ‘what3word’ address. For example to find the place on Herm where the Nazi’s filmed their beach invasion propaganda films, by using the’what3words’ address: sizes.moreover.arching will help lead you to the north of Herm Island and the exact location where the filming took place.
This free mobile phone application uses a unique 3 word address as a digital signpost to find extremely specific locations, such as hidden away points of interest where a postcode isn’t available or the postcode area is too wide to find the exact spot. The app can then guide users directly to the location using the built in compass or Google Maps, to arrive at the destination address.
Other locations identified include a scenic viewpoint over the Bailiwick on Herm, the Venus Pools in Sark, and the best place to watch the Liberation Day fireworks from in Guernsey. Each site’s ‘what3words’ address is published on VisitGuernsey.com and more addresses will be added throughout the year to the VisitGuernsey website to enhance visitor experiences.
A VisitGuernsey spokesperson said: ‘There are many must see locations and sights across the Islands of Guernsey that visitors can miss out on seeing. The aim of the competition and the partnership with ‘what3words’ is to help visitors find these hard to reach locations in an easy and fun way and to encourage them to share their pictures of these hidden gems with their friends and families via social media”.
The app is free to download on the Apple or Google play store, it also features offline navigation so visitors don’t need a roaming package on their phone to use it.