For Immediate Release: 05/10/12
Celebrate National Tourism Week by Downloading a Civil War Trust Battle App, Visiting Historic Sites
(Washington, D.C.) – To celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, May 7–13, the Civil War Trust, America’s largest battlefield preservation organization, encourages travelers to consider visit some of our nation’s historic sites to enjoy their scenic beauty and education potential.
With more than 600 associated sties in 32 states, the District of Columbia and three international destinations, the Civil War Discovery Trail it is an excellent resource in planning visits to historic sites during National Travel and Tourism Week and beyond. Featuring a wide variety of stops — ranging from battlefields to house museums — the sites on the trail offer something for everyone. Explore Civil War history and plan your next trip online at www.civilwardiscoverytrail.org. Also consider checking out one of many special programs planned across the country to commemorate the ongoing 150th anniversary of the Civil War — find an event near you at www.civilwar150.org.
As you plan your journey, consider booking your overnight accommodations through BnBFinder.com. Through the website’s “Reservations for Preservation” program and a special partnership with the Civil War Trust, a portion of the booking fee at select inns will go toward battlefield protection efforts.
If you’re looking for a way to combine 21st-century technology with 19th-century history, download one of the Trust’s popular Battle Apps — free multimedia and GPS-enabled smartphone tours available for both iPhone and Android phones. To date, the Civil War Trust has released six Battle Apps for the Bull Run, Cedar Creek, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and Malvern Hill battlefields. Each Battle App includes video segments from top historians, period and modern imagery, and detailed topographical maps, all of which help bring the battlefield to life — plus a wealth of resource materials to provide valuable background information. With GPS navigation, primary source material and the commentary of respected historians, the Apps offer the convenience of a self-guided tour with the benefits of an expert-led presentation — and all at no cost.
The Battle App series can be easily downloaded from a mobile device via Apple’s App Store or Google Play, formerly Android Market. Once the basic app is installed, users can then chose to fully download the audio and video elements to their device or to have that media streamed directly while visiting the different historical sites. For more information about the content, use and availability of GPS-enable Civil War Trust Battle Apps, please visit www.civilwar.org/battleapps.
Tourism is one of America’s largest industries, contributing $1.9 trillion to our economy, supporting 14.4 million American jobs and delivering $124 billion in tax revenue in 2011 alone. Heritage tourism is particularly potent, with studies indicating that these visitors stay longer and spend more money in local communities than the average traveler. To learn more about National Travel and Tourism Week, visit http://www.ustravel.org/marketing/national-travel-and-tourism-week.
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Please visit the Trust’s website at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.