DURBAN - AppMyVillage is a proudly South African web-based application that is completely aimed at giving tourism destinations in the platteland exposure.
Herman and Sandra Joubert, the founders of the app, started AppMyVillage as a kitchen-table project four years ago after they saw the need for tourists to find tourism services without Google.
Using AppMyVillage, tourists can get information that is area-specific. The buttons on the app are custom made for specific services and tourist attractions in the area. In certain areas users will find a winery button while in a different area a game farm will be available.
Other buttons that can be found on the app include art, hiking, shark cage diving, backpackers, biking, etc. Interesting facts about the history or the heritage of a village can found on the app too.
The app covers 79 towns across three provinces including KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape.
A feature of AppMy Village that makes it unique is that every listed town has their own app. Although each app is accessed from a single platform. This means that users will save the app to their phone home screen only but they will have access to all the information on the 79 towns featured on the app.
Due to AppMyVillage being a web-based application the amount of users of the app cannot be determined.
Sandra Jobert one of the founders of the app said that they chose to make the AppMy Village web-based so they can update the app 24/7.
According to Joubert, AppMyVillage has been endorsed by Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom and Alan Winde, the Minister of Economic Opportunities.
Long-term plans for the app include expanding into Africa to "truly give travellers a one-stop experience".
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