TravelStorys Launches Seven-Suite “WY Tour”
Monday, May 22, 2017
Jackson-based mobile app startup TravelStorys and participating Wyoming cities, towns and counties have created a suite of audio tours that allow visitors and locals alike to explore Wyoming like never before.
The seven tours, collectively titled “WY Tour,” are sponsored by the Wyoming Business Council, the state’s economic development agency.
The tours will be available for Memorial Day travel and the start of the summer tourist season.
Participating communities include Casper, Gillette, Goshen County, Greybull, Meeteetse, Rawlins and Sheridan.
Five of the seven tours (Gillette, Greybull, Meeteetse, Rawlins and Sheridan) consist of a downtown walking tour that highlights attractions in the heart of the community. Tour participants can explore historical sites; dine at locals’ favorite bars, restaurants and cafes, and stimulate the economy at one-of-a-kind shops and retailers. The Greybull tour is split into walking and driving legs, incorporating stops throughout Big Horn County accessed via vehicle. In Goshen County, the tour is county-wide, with driving stops in the towns of Fort Laramie, Torrington and LaGrange, among others. The Casper tour is structured into two mini tours along the North Platte River, complete with history, fishing, kayaking and scenic overlooks.
Tour highlights include:
Casper: Urban Fly Fishing — Angling in a blue-ribbon fishery.
Gillette: The Center Bar — Gillette’s “Bermuda Triangle.”
Goshen County: Fort Laramie — The 19th-century crossroads of a nation moving west.
Greybull: Antelope Butte Ski area — Ski the Big Horns!
Meeteetse: Meeteetse Chocolatier — Environmentally ethical confections from a true local.
Rawlins: Wyoming Frontier Prison — Wyoming’s first state penitentiary.
Sheridan: Metz Lonabaugh Block — Wyoming’s first female homicide.
“This project encourages travelers to exit highways and discover more about Wyoming communities, and stay longer,” Wyoming Business Council Chief Executive Officer Shawn Reese said. “In that sense, there are many potential economic development benefits beyond lodging and sales tax revenue – such as workforce attraction to a place, and business relocation, expansion and investment.”
WY Tour adds to TravelStorys' growing network of tours across Wyoming, which include historically significant sites, parks and trails and local culture, while entertaining users with authentic narratives.
About TravelStorys: TravelStorys, a mobile travel platform, connects people to place. As travelers approach sites of interest, TravelStorys presents geo-locational audio storytelling that transforms place-based information into accessible and memorable travel experiences. A TravelStorys tour is a rich media experience with audio content synchronized to the passing landscape, accompanied by a virtual exhibit hall of images, links and videos. TravelStorys tours play from any direction of travel without touching or looking at the mobile device and can be explored remotely for trip planning. For more information: Travelstorys.com.
About the Wyoming Business Council: Our mission is to increase Wyoming’s prosperity. We envision a Wyoming where industries are strong, diverse and expanding. Small business is a big deal. Communities have the highest quality of life. Wyoming is the technology center of the High Plains. Wyoming knows no boundaries. Please go to www.wyomingbusiness.org for more information.