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Hello Erie! App Catching On

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VisitErie's new "Hello Erie" app for mobile phones and devices has been available for about a month now.  We checked in with VisitErie to see if it's catching on.  According to President and CEO John Oliver, already 1700 people have downloaded the app.  And the mobile site has been used 7500 times and counting. The download is free from the app store for both android and apple devices.
    
The site is not just for visitors to Erie. Sure, it has information on hotels, campgrounds and attractions.  But it also has a long list of restaurants, arts and culture offerings and an events calendar that is updated constantly, because it's synched with VisitErie's website. That's helpful for those of us who live here, or have friends and relatives visiting.  And it's especially beneficial for tourists and the tourism economy.  "It's actually both, I mean I guess our primary thing is we want visitors to make their visit here as easy as possible, " said Oliver.  "And the more information we get the visitor, the easier we can make it for them to find locations, attraction to see and do...the more money they're going to spend while they're here," he added.
 
Bertrand Artigues owner of Bertrand's Bistro and the new Cloud 9 Wine Bar already has the app on his own phone. He says it's a great way to get the word out about his longtime business and his brand new one. "There's everything on that app, it's easy...it's right there...it's pretty good for people that come and visit Erie," said Artigues.  But he also admitted that it will be beneficial for locals too.  "Absolutely, absolutely, all you have to do is the push of a button, it's great, awesome.  Even for people that live here, it's convenient and it's quick and we know everything."
   
For VisitErie member businesses just a click on their listing takes you to their website, and if you have GPS, you'll even get directions there.
You'll notice cards around Erie with a QR code on the back to take you right there.  

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