Travelers can now explore Costa Rica through a selection of videos, photos and interactive maps thanks to the launch of goCostaRica, a new travel iPad app created for the Costa Rica Tourism Board by advertising agency 22squared and developed by MaxMedia.
Users can also build their own Precation video – a customizable pre-vacation film composed of footage captured by director Patrick Pierson – share it with friends via Facebook and discover the culture, nature, adventure and relaxation that await them in Costa Rica.
“Tablet usage for travel research is up, and because there are so many rich experiences in Costa Rica – from the rainforest and Arenal Volcano to the butterfly garden and Manuel Antonio National Park – we’re lowering the barrier of entry for people who are curious about the country by giving them a preview of what’s possible,” said John Stapleton, EVP, Chief Creative Director, 22squared.
“goCostaRica incorporates the authenticity of the country, and we hope it will encourage viewers to dream about and discover the vast beauty and diversity of Costa Rica.”
Culled from 70 hours of footage and thousands of images, the content in the goCostaRica app is a result of a ten-person crew working 28 straight days to cover 33 locations. Users can arrange the content in any manner they please, creating Precations that let them experience Costa Rica before they visit. Choosing from 41 different videos and eight automatically assigned music tracks, users have the ability to create hundreds of different Precations.
The goCostaRica app is an evolution of the Costa Rica brand’s happiness platform, positioning that was established through Costa Rica’s Effie Award-winning Million Dollar Gift of Happiness campaign.
“goCostaRica gives users the opportunity to connect with all the beauty, culture and sustainability of our country from anywhere in the world,” added Ireth Rodriguez, Deputy Manager & Marketing Director, Costa Rica Tourism Board.
“With this app, we’re amplifying the buzz from the Gift of Happiness campaign, and leveraging it to invite new visitors to share in the excitement of the Pura Vida spirit and increase travel to Costa Rica.”
goCostaRica is available for free download in the iTunes store.