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Revamped Citymaps App Has More to Offer Travelers

Travel Technology | Patrick Clarke | March 12, 2015

Revamped Citymaps App Has More to Offer Travelers

For travelers who find themselves in an unfamiliar destination, the recently updated and free Citymaps app could prove extremely beneficial. 

According to the New York Times' Rachel Lee Harris, Citymaps users now have the "ability to share personalized map collections with other users" and can also collaborate on maps with others. 

"It's easy to put together your own map-based guide to favorite hot spots, whether you're collecting as you travel or planning for a trip," writes Jen Leo of the Los Angeles Times. "Details include contact info, price rating, hours, reservations where applicable, and directions for those walking, driving or taking a bus."

"There are basic navigational maps: Google and Apple have created wonderful products to get you from point A to point B," said Citymaps founder and chief executive Elliot Cohen. "But we think there's another kind of map, one that helps tourists wander the city and, just by looking at the app, be able to see every single place on the block."

Whether it's a topflight coffee shop or a can't-miss local attraction you're after, the new Citymaps makes it easy to find and get there. Instead of searching for a business and then entering the address, you can view what's around you and go from there. 

The app began as a local tool for the New York real estate business four years ago but has since become a useful tool for everyday people and tourists for the reasons already mentioned. 

Nonetheless, the app hasn't been perfected yet, as Leo points out: "Despite what I think is a fairly tech-savvy group in my networks, I couldn't find any Citymaps users (yet). Because I couldn't ask a Facebook friend to help me grow my collection, I had to email or text a friend to add Citymaps in their 'Friends' section."

With businesses, digital data providers and other digital networks starting to get involved alongside users, data is not only kept up to date for the most part, but travelers are able to gain access to trusted reviews and recommendations. 

"We've been working on this notion of social map-making," added Cohen. "We already talk in this language of maps, so rather than asking people to recreate those emails and phone calls all the time, people can just add to their collections on Citymaps."

Whether traveling for business or leisure, having so many resources available in one place will undoubtedly make the journey more enjoyable.

The revamped app is available for iOS and Android device users. 


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