The Tourism Product Development Company Limited (TPDCo), today (Wednesday November 24, 2021) virtually launched the first local tourism app to feature only Jamaica Tourist Board licensed and COVID-19 compliant tourism entities.
The app, named Xplore Jamaica was created by the organization’s Management and Information Systems (MIS) department and currently features 106 tourism entities from all six resort areas. The entities fall in the categories of Accommodations, Attractions, Bike and Car Rentals, Tour Operators, Places of Interest and Watersports.
Minister of Tourism, Honourable Edmund Bartlett who brought his remarks virtually, underscored the importance of the app, as the sector continues its recovery process.
“The new app by TPDCo is another win for the sector, it is timely as we work on our recovery from an unfortunate setback. However, we are now focused on the way forward and how we can return to normal times as soon as possible. I applaud TPDCo for its efforts to tap into this technological era and revolution, where Gen-Z in particular, is keen on working smart and not hard and expect to find all they need at the click of a button, and with all the necessary features available.”
TPDCo’s newly appointed Executive Director, Wade Mars was equally elated to have this new addition to TPDCo’s existing efforts at maintaining a high-ranking sector.
According to Mars “This mobile app will not take away the value or quality of our services; instead, it will allow us to be even more responsive, and will give our guests the opportunity to connect with the destination even more.
I am pleased to be part of a sector that is welcoming of change and transformation. We have taken many lessons from the pandemic and continue to implement programmes that will help us to remain resilient and responsive.”
In his presentation, Winston Campbell – TPDCo’s Chief Information Officer, highlighted the importance of the app’s ability to forge relationships between the entities and visitors.
“It (Xplore Jamaica) provides an opportunity for the entities to receive feedback and provide a space for direct conversations. This level of interaction will also be beneficial for the Ministry of tourism and its agencies.”
The new app will include features such as a travel guide with cost estimator and a complete travel blog to capture user reactions and comments. Users will also be able to view restaurants and shops near to their place of stay, the information will be available in nine languages, and user engagement in the form of reviews for feedback will prove useful for tourism entities and the sector overall.
Xplore Jamaica is currently available at no cost on Google Play and will soon appear on Apple’s app store for IOS users.