Today sees the release of the first iPhone app to provide up to the minute information about key exhibitions and cultural events happening around Manchester. The app, which has been developed by online arts magazine Creative Tourist, acts as a mobile cultural guide to the city and, in addition to live events, it includes practical information about museums and galleries, a range of walking tours, historical facts about Manchester and insider tips on the best cafes, bars and restaurants http://www.creativetourist.com/app.

Creative Tourist is Manchester’s multi-award winning online arts magazine, which was created, by Manchester Museums Consortium and Modern History, to raise the profile of Manchester and drive cultural tourism. It publishes features, interviews, news and vodcasts with the UK’s best-known writers and artists, promotes new writing and photographic talent and three times a year, publishes its insider guides to Manchester – uncovering the best galleries, museums, shops, bars, events and nights out in the city. Since its launch in June 2009, it has had fantastic success, with an average of 25,000 unique users visiting the site every month. Over 80% of the readers are from outside the Northwest.

Creative Tourist’s editor, Susie Stubbs, explained why the app was developed, “We’ve been likened to a kind of cultural concierge service since much of our content is developed by locals who have specialist knowledge about Manchester’s hidden gems. Now those who are new to the city or just visiting, can take the concierge with them as they explore Manchester.”

The Creative Tourist iPhone app is available from the App Store now; it will cost 79p but is free for the first two weeks. Developed by Manchester based agency OHdigital, the Creative Tourist app uses a combination of information sources, including the location based service Foursquare, for tips about Manchester’s bars, cafes and restaurants, and online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, for facts about the city’s history.

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For further information please contact Katie Moffat on 07590 122203 or Katie@prandsocial.com or visit http://www.creativetourist.com/app

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Creative Tourist is an online magazine and a series of city guides that has been put together by Manchester Museums Consortium, a group of eight museums and galleries in Manchester. creativetourist.com, with its mix of exclusive features, interviews, arts news and city guides, allows readers to discover more about what’s happening in the city, uncover its outstanding cultural programme and collections, and perhaps come to be as passionate about Manchester as its inhabitants.

Manchester Museums’ Consortium is Cornerhouse, Imperial War Museum North, The Lowry, Manchester Art Gallery, The Manchester Museum, (MOSI) Museum of Science & Industry, People’s History Museum and The Whitworth Art Gallery.
Between 2009 and 2011, these venues are working together to stage an impressive, interlinked programme of international exhibitions, openings and events. They are able to do this because of the financial support of the Northwest Regional Development Agency, which is funding the Consortium through its Raising the Game programme, a regional investment scheme that supports product and service development to drive tourism and increase sustainability. Manchester Museums Consortium is also supported by Renaissance North West, as part of Renaissance in the Regions, the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council’s national scheme to transform England’s regional museums, while it also relies on the help of Visit Manchester to deliver its wider tourism communications programme.

The Creative Tourist iPhone app is supported by Modern History, a showcase for the best of the region’s museums, mills, railways and waterways, bringing to life the rich industrial heritage of England’s Northwest, highlighting inventions, achievements and unearthing the social stories that have shaped the modern world. Visit the places where history defined the happening, where tradition became trend and where belief broke down boundaries, from awe inspiring architecture to engineering endeavour. Discovery lies around every corner and every visit tells a story. Discover more at modernhistory.co.uk

Modern History is funded by ERDF in the Northwest: The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is making a real difference to people and businesses in the Northwest. With €755 million to invest between 2007 and 2013, ERDF is enhancing the competitiveness of the region’s economy by supporting growth in enterprise and employment. ERDF in the Northwest is managed by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). For further information please visit http://www.erdfnw.co.uk

Published on: 11:51AM on 22nd October 2010