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Lakes to Locks previews new tourism app

Janet Kennedy of Lakes to Locks Passages talks to local chamber members at the Westport Hotel and Tavern Jan. 23.

Janet Kennedy of Lakes to Locks Passages talks to local chamber members at the Westport Hotel and Tavern Jan. 23. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Those in attendance at a gathering of local chambers of commerce in Westport Jan. 23 got the chance to see a first-of-its-kind app being developed for Lakes to Locks Passages.

Janet Kennedy, Executive Director of Lakes to Locks, previewed the Passage Port mobile app for those in attendance, which included members of the Elizabethtown-Lewis, Willsboro, Essex, Moriah, Crown Point and host Westport chambers.

“We are trying to bring together the historic and cultural values of the region with place-based tourism,” Kennedy said. “This app will link everything together and tell the story this region has to offer.”

Kennedy said the app will offer thematic itineraries and interactive features like scavenger hunts, geocaching and suggestions when a tourist is seeking a place to eat or stay while on their journey through the Champlain basin.

“This is designed to be consumed over a two or three day period of time so people will stay, and that is what generates the real tourism dollars,” Kennedy said.

Part of the programing will include audio narration that is being written by Lindsay Pontius.

“We want something that is interactive and entertaining and Lindsay is scripting these for us,” Kennedy said. “This is really going to bring the experience to life.”

Kennedy said that the app will also allow those using it to dig deeper into a certain topic or theme.

“As you get deeper into a subject, the content will become more academic,” she said.

The app is being designed by a firm out of Chicago, and officials are hopeful to start testing the product within the next month.

“They have assured us that this will be ready for the spring,” Kennedy said.

For more in the Lakes to Locks Passages, visit the website lakestolocks.org.

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