New app guides Canberra tourists

Visitors to Canberra can now use a new high-tech guide to navigate the city and find out about attractions and events.

The National Capital Authority has launched the free Canberra Guide mobile phone application ahead of next year's Centenary celebrations.

It includes information on 30 of the city's national attractions.

NCA chief executive Gary Rake says there is potential to expand the application.

"One of the most exciting opportunities that we'll be exploring is, how do we link through to digitised content held within the national institutions?" he said.

"So at the moment, people can look at a map, they can find an institution, they can see when it's open, they can see some of the events.

It would be fantastic if they were then able to go and look at digitised versions of some of the collections." Business, institutions and government bodies worked together on the $100,000 project.

Tourism Minister Andrew Barr says it will come in handy for many tourists during Canberra's centenary year.

"For a lot of people now the decision about whether to choose one destination over another is based on research they do online so having this sort of capability will certainly disprove any sense that there's nothing to do in Canberra or you wouldn't need to stay for a longer period of time," he said.

The guide will be updated early next year to include booking functionality.

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