Illinois Office of Tourism announces free Enjoy Illinois travel app now available on Android mobile phones

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

                     The Illinois Department of Commerce and

                     Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism (DCEO/IOT)

                     today announced a new free mobile travel application

                     is now available for Android smart phones to help

                     visitors get around the state.  The Enjoy Illinois

                     travel app, which first launched to iPhone users in

                     August, is the state’s official mobile travel and

                     lifestyle guide for travelers to and throughout

                     Illinois.  The Enjoy Illinois app gives users access

                     to more than 10,000 statewide listings including

                     attractions, dining, accommodations, events, deals

                     and more.  Great for planning ahead or travelers on

                     the go, Enjoy Illinois is a pocket tour guide for

                     discovering every magnificent mile in Illinois.

                     “By now offering the Enjoy Illinois app to Android

                     users, we are providing even more travelers the

                     opportunity to use their smart phones to best explore

                     the great state of Illinois,” said DCEO Director

                     Warren Ribley. “Thousands of travelers have already

                     downloaded the Enjoy Illinois travel app on their

                     iPhones since August, and we are very pleased to now

                     offer the app to Android users to assist them in

                     making the most out of their time here in Illinois.”

                     The Android app, like its predecessor, features:

                     • Near Me Navigation:  Utilizes location-based/GPS

                     searches to view attractions nearby and filter

                     listings by interest;

                     • Browse by Interest:  Organizes the listings by

                     category so users can view attractions based on

                     interests, such as Accommodations, Arts & Culture,

                     Attractions, Dining and Nightlife;

                     • Browse by Region:  Enables exploration of listings

                     by each of Illinois’ four regions;

                     • My Trips feature:  Allows user to create a custom

                     itinerary list to share via social media (Twitter,

                     Facebook) or by email;

                     • Top Spots:  Offers users an editorialized list of

                     attractions;

                     • Events:  Provides easy access to and information on

                     hundreds of statewide festival and event listings;

                     • Deals:  The Deals feature offers a listing of

                     timely and cost-saving deals throughout Illinois.

                     “Traveling the Land of Lincoln has never been easier

                     with the addition of the Enjoy Illinois app,” said

                     Illinois Office of Tourism Deputy Director Jan

                     Kostner. “The new Enjoy Illinois app for Android

                     smart phones will allow even more visitors to access

                     information on thousands of destinations and

                     offerings statewide at their convenience and when

                     they need it most.”

                     Developed by JWT Chicago in partnership with

                     Evanston, Illinois-based SIM Partners

                     (simpartners.com), the app is available on all Apple

                     iOS devices (iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch), and now for

                     download in the Android market.  Consumers can

                     download the app by visiting the Illinois Office of

                     Tourism Web site, enjoyillinois.com, where they can

                     access a QR code for users to download if viewing

                     from a computer, and a link to download if viewing by

                     a mobile device.

                     For more information on travel opportunities

                     throughout Illinois, visit enjoyillinois.com.