Pennsylvania has become the first state to join a new mobile social networking community allowing tourists and tourism-related businesses to share real-time experiences and find the hottest attractions in the commonwealth, Deputy Secretary of Tourism Mickey Rowley announced today.
The commonwealth signed with the Foursquare community under the popular tourism ID, "visitPA." Users can share their location; earn points toward special business discounts; offer insider tips to popular restaurants, lodging, and attractions; and achieve "mayor" status for being the person who visits a place most often.
"Foursquare is the hot new thing in the social networking universe," said Rowley. "Think of it as social scene social media. You determine the places to see and be seen. Plus, its mobile savvy allows users to instantly alert friends of their location, offer tips and create a must-do list."
Visitors to Pennsylvania also have the opportunity to earn three custom badges: "PA Shooflyer" (Food), "PA Retail Polka" (Shopping), and "PA 4 Score & 7" (History). Users will earn these badges after checking in at eligible locations.
"We would like to see every Pennsylvania restaurant, retail store, historical site, and museum join Foursquare," Rowley said. "The best part is that it it doesn't cost anything to add a location, plus it gives businesses a chance to reward customers who are checking in the most."