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Tourism Launches Augmented GPS Tours of Community

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McKenzie County Launches Augmented Reality GPS Tours of the Community
Watford City, ND McKenzie County Tourism announces the launch of Yondar, a web-based product that allows visitors to virtually explore area attractions while planning their trip. In addition, once guests arrive, this revolutionary tool, built by InnovatAR, a North Dakota-based tech firm, helps visitors navigate outdoor attractions and unlock prizes for visiting points of interest right from their smart phones.  
Yondar virtual tours are available in downtown Watford City, at Tobacco Gardens Marina & Resort, and in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Utilizing the capabilities of smartphones, Yondar allows visitors to easily find friends, family and points of interest. With a nimble user interface and no need to download an app, users can quickly begin exploring via a 2D map or in 3D space with augmented reality, which will both help them plan their trip to McKenzie County as well as make the most out of their time while they’re here.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to launch this innovative, high-tech experience for our visitors,” said McKenzie County Tourism Director Doug Bolken. “This community strives to be on the forefront of growth and exploration, and that includes technology. We have so much to offer guests, and this new tool provides an opportunity to discover the Watford City area in their own way and on their own time.”
“Using Yondar is both fun and easy. Users simply click on the URL and view nearby points of interest called ‘beacons.’ Beacons include downtown restaurants, scenic overlooks and tourist stops along the way.” Bolken said.
Yondar is equipped with gamification that allows users to track their progress and unlock prizes from the Visitor Center. Users can also send a private link to friends and family, then instantly share location data and stay connected while touring the county.
In addition to enhancing the onsite visitor experience, a desktop experience is available at visitwatfordcity.com/VirtualTours. This online tool showcases photos, videos and immersive 360-degree tours of the scenic attractions. 
To use Yondar when visiting McKenzie County, go to the following links:
Watford City: yondar.me/watford
Tobacco Gardens: yondar.me/tobaccogardens
Theodore Roosevelt National park: yondar.me/trnp

Watch a video demonstration here Yondar for McKenzie County Tourism

To learn more about Yondar, please visit https://innovatar.io/yondar/
McKenzie County Tourism builds a positive public image of Watford City and McKenzie County as a dynamic place to visit, live and work by showcasing the unique destinations and experiences the area has to offer. Learn more at visitwatfordcity.com

For More Information, Contact:
Doug Bolken, Tourism Attractions and Promotions
Email: dbolken@co.mckenzie.nd.us
Phone: (701) 570-2551

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In Watford I got to go to my first National Park. I made some friends and we went to the badlands and saw things we never heard of before like jackrabbits and mule deer. In my opinion Watford is the best city ever!

~ Justice C Staton-Grade 5

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