COTSWOLD VISITORS can now find the secrets of the region in the palm of their hand thanks to a definitive application due to be unveiled this week.
Renowned travel writer Kate Joynes-Burgess has spent hundreds of hours researching venues across the region to bring the best advice about getting the most from the Cotswolds.
From tea shops to farmers’ markets, the app pinpoints the vast array of amazing experiences on offer in the British countryside.
Cheltenham-based Kate has returned from a career travelling – and writing about – the globe to show off her local tourist delights on a striking mobile phone app.
Kate’s work as a professional journalist has seen her words and photographs getting published all over the world, most notably for the BBC and Time Out.
She now works as social media expert for Europe’s largest conservation charity and in her spare time she has created the Cotswold Travel Guide iPhone and Android app highlighting the best of the Cotswold countryside for San Francisco-based Sutro Media.
The app is planned to act as a ‘Michelin-style’ insiders’ guide to the very best that is on offer across the region.
Kate commented: “My family has lived in the Cotswolds for generations and after many years travelling the world I was inspired to re-discover what’s great about our British countryside.
“More than 20 million people visit the area each year and more and more people want travel hints and tips at their fingertips.
“The quaint charm of the Cotswolds now gets a 21st Century makeover with my Cotswold Travel Guide iPhone and Android app. Visitors from near and far can now share in the knowledge gleaned from thousands of hours of research and my own personal experience.
“My app shows off the very best that the area has to offer – not least its show-stopping landscapes from rolling hills to ancient woodland.
“Foodies will be in their element as fine dining – created from fresh, locally grown ingredients – has really taken off across the region. My Cotswold Travel Guide gives you the inside track on a host of great pubs and cafés for people who need to re-fuel at prices for all pockets.”
Kate spent two years researching the very best that the Cotswolds has to offer for foreign and domestic visitors – and locals alike.
Her research took her on a 1,700 miles journey visiting hundreds of venues in 20 towns and villages.
Her trips led her to drink 1,020 cups of tea, 500 cappuccinos, nearly 300 pieces of cake and two and a half gallons of local ales and ciders.
Her app has short-listed over 200 excellent destinations worthy of a visit.
Kate added: “This app is a review of the best of the best that the Cotswolds has to offer and I hope that people will fall in love with the area as much as I have again over the last two years.”
Notes to editors
To book an interview or to get more information speak to Kate directly on +44 7786 391748 or contact Edward Davies at Miii Communications on +447595 584335. Photographs available on request.
About the author
Kate Joynes-Burgess is an established expert in Latin American and Caribbean affairs having both worked in Mexico City and travelled extensively in the region.
Kate is a graduate of Oxford University and gained her masters’ degree with distinction in Latin American Studies at the University of London. She holds an honours diploma in travel writing from the London School of Journalism.
After completing her studies, she worked with the United Nations and, more latterly, as an analyst and Mexico Bureau Chief for a US-based research organisation. Her work allowed her to exploit her expertise in Central America with her love of one of the most complex and engaging parts of the world.
Kate is already an established travel writer and photographer having published a number of books and articles during her time working abroad. She was the chief contributor to Time Out’s first edition guidebook to Mexico City and the Best of Mexico. She has written widely for Travel + Leisure magazine, both in the United States and Mexico.
She is a leader in the evolving world of social media. Her Twitter feed is a source of essential travel information at home and abroad (@katejb). For Cotswold-specific stories, find her @cotswoldtravel and at facebook.com/cotswoldtravelguide.
About Sutro Media
Sutro Media is a digital publishing platform that enables authors with no technical experience to publish guides on mobiles devices and the web. Sutro publishes travel and reference guide apps, which are downloaded through iTunes and the Android Marketplace, and users access content on mobile devices. Sutro works with a rapidly growing network of freelance authors who create the guide content and share revenue from the apps with Sutro.
Sutro’s focus remains on publishing local travel guides for destinations worldwide, but it is expanding into reference guides for wide ranging categories including: food, wine, hobbies, nature, sports, humour, and medicine. It has published 334 guides to date and has another 350 in development.