Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
In what is being claimed as first of its kind in the world the Ministry of Tourism has come out with a novel idea of “walking tours” of Indian cities. It will enable users to navigate and route their way through cities based on a number of interesting themes.
The website WoNoBo.com launched as part of this initiative is projected to be India’s first location-based service to offer ‘walkthroughs’ of streets across 54 Indian cities. The website supports user generated content (UGC), offers unique social media capabilities and facilitates creation of ‘local communities’ online.
It would have mapped panoramic imagery of thousands of square kilometres and close to 10 million places of interest across the country. The five cities whose tours were launched today were Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Coastal Goa and Ahmedabad.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Tourism said that this new initiative aims to empower the tourist by facilitating him/her to plan to plan his/her tour. He stated that the Ministry of Tourism has set the target of having one ‘Walking Tour’ of each State within 2 years. He added that the Indian Tourism Ministry was the first in the world to launch such a service.
The service was launched at a function in Delhi today. It is partnered with Genesys International. in which the representatives of the Ministry of Tourism and were present.
Genesys International highlighted the features of the new service that would be available initially about the roads of 5 major Indian cities and will soon be expanded to the top 54 cities within a few weeks. They stated that as part of the website, users get full blown 360-degree views of destinations and much more. They can access, tag and review ‘points of interests’ i.e., locations, hotels, retail outlets, monuments, parks, etc and also view the interiors of several key locations, all powered by a database of millions of places.
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