Taking a bold step by providing a place for locals and travelers to serve as advocates for the country, the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) offers a dynamic new tool allowing travelers access to authentic trip advice from those who know the real Canada. The Explore Canada Like a Local website and mobile app enhances the Canadian travel experience by sharing insider information on thousands of spots of interest, enabling travelers to plan their journey; serving as a comprehensive guide during their trip; and allowing travelers to share their own Canadian travel tips with other travelers.
Developed by DDB Canada and Tribal DDB in Vancouver, Explore Canada Like a Local includes homegrown expertise on thousands of great spots and tips that Canadians shared from the CTC’s domestic LOCALS KNOW campaigns. It also pulls in real-time location data via Foursquare, Yelp and Gowalla, including both positive and negative user reviews and check-ins at any given spot to help inspire travelers.
Explore Canada Like a Local users can explore Canada in a number of different ways: by theme (arts & culture, city breaks, culinary, luxury and outdoors), by destination (major cities, tourism spots and favorite local hangouts) or by travel lists created by travelers. Users can also create their own customized travel list, which they can share on the site and with their friends and family. Once users download the app, built for iPhones and Android smartphones, on their trip, they can use their list as a guide to check-in and to share their content with their social networks and on the site.
Users are also invited to submit photos, videos and tips to existing spots on the site, and to add relevant new venues that are not featured.
Explore Canada Like a Local will first launch in the United States, followed by staged rollouts in the UK, France, Germany, Mexico and Australia later this year. Print, online, iPad advertising, public relations and social media, as well as global partnerships with American Express and Lonely Planet are being used to launch this new tool.