Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


New Social Trip Planner CreateTrips Launched in New Zealand

New Social Trip Planner CreateTrips Launched in New Zealand

Starting from December 5, 2013, New Zealand iPhone users are able to add some extra edge to their travel plans. CreateTrips, a Finnish startup company, promises to change the way trips are made today. Following the New Zealand launch, CreateTrips app will go global later this year.

The application is a combined travel guide, social trip planner and offline map. Available free-of-charge (in-app purchases available) from App Store, CreateTrips features a strong social element. The application user can select a destination and start planning the trip - while being able to ask others to join in.

Juha-Petteri Kukkonen, the founder of CreateTrips, says that the new application is very much about bringing people together.

"You can plan your trip with friends, family or colleagues - or your rugby teammates," he says. Part of the fun is adding new venues to the travel plan and discussing them online. Through the app, the user is able to access a variety of interesting info ranging from photos to recommendations via services such as Foursquare and Instagram.

Once in the travel destination, CreateTrips works also offline - so there is no need to worry about expansive data roaming charges. According to Kukkonen, the test phase of the app was success. "The average user used the application about six times before the trip. When in destination, the average user accessed the app about three times a day."

During the trip, the application makes it easy to find the favorite restaurant or the nightclub - or check out the 'must-see' sights. "Smartphones enable smart travel - and your trip becomes much more enjoyable. Thanks to our extremely accurate offline map, for instance, you will never get lost again," Kukkonen promises.

The app utilizes Facebook in order to get the word out of the coming trip.

Via social media, CreateTrips is looking to revolutionize the way trips are planned and made.

"We have plenty of social media, but now is the time for social travel."

CreateTrips is a social trip planner for the smart traveller. Discover amazing places around the world with us.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Scoop Business: Equity Crowd Funding Carries Risks, High Failure Rate

Equity crowd funding, which became legal in New Zealand this month, comes with a high risk of failure based on figures showing existing forays into social capital have a success rate of less than 50 percent, one new entrant says. More>>


Scoop Business: NZ Migration Rises To 11-Year High In March

The country gained a seasonally adjusted 3,800 net new migrants in March, the most since February 2003, said Statistics New Zealand. A net 400 people left for Australia in March, down from 600 in February, according to seasonally adjusted figures. More>>


Hugh Pavletich: New Zealand’s Bubble Economy Is Vulnerable

The recent Forbes e-edition article by Jesse Colombo assesses the New Zealand economy “ 12 Reasons Why New Zealand's Economic Bubble Will End In Disaster ”, seems to have created quite a stir, creating extensive media coverage in New Zealand. More>>


Thursday Market Close: Genesis Debut Sparks Energy Rally

New Zealand stock rose after shares in the partially privatised Genesis Energy soared as much as 18 percent in its debut listing on the NZX, buoying other listed energy companies in the process. Meridian Energy, MightyRiverPower, Contact Energy and TrustPower paced gains. More>>


Power Outages, Roads Close: Easter Storm Moving Down Country

The NZ Transport Agency says storm conditions at the start of the Easter break are making driving hazardous in Auckland and Northland and it advises people extreme care is needed on the regions’ state highways and roads... More>>


Houses (& Tobacco) Lead Inflation: CPI Up 0.3% In March Quarter

The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.3 percent in the March 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Higher tobacco and housing prices were partly countered by seasonally cheaper international air fares, vegetables, and package holidays. More>>


Notoriously Reliable Predictions: Budget To Show Rise In Full-Time Income To 2018: English

This year’s Budget will forecast wage increases through to 2018 amounting to a $10,500 a year increase in average full time earnings over six years to $62,200 a year, says Finance Minister Bill English in a speech urging voters not to “put all of this at risk” by changing the government. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Computer Power Plus
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news