SHARE has launched the country’s first offline mobile application (app) for travellers. The app provides comprehensive information on 1,300 Indian destinations, based on reviews about hotels, activities, connectivity, etc. The app was launched here by Dr Lalit K Panwar, Secretary – Tourism, Government of India, in the presence of Hari Nair, Founder & CEO,

Travellers can download the app free of cost and use it on the go, said Nair. The app is available on both Android and Apple phones, and will be made available on Windows phones in the next phase in four to five months, he informed. Nair said that the app answers five broad questions of a traveller while planning a holiday—where to go, where to stay, how to reach, what to do, and where to book.

The HolidayIQ online travel app has received great response since its launch in October 2014, Nair informed. “It has been our endeavour to provide travellers on the go, access to our large database from places where Internet connection is a challenge. We have achieved 98,306 mobile downloads of the HolidayIQ app so far, and we are certain that the offline feature will provide an impetus to every traveller’s search,” he said.

The offline app offers one of the largest repositories of travel information—40,000 hotels of all ranges; 50,000 sightseeing options across 1,300 destinations; and access to book both online (18 Indian and global booking portals) and about 1,000 offline agents. “Our endeavour has been to act as an advisor of choice for travel decisions for Indian travellers,” Nair said.