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Entrepreneur with Clay County Ties Forms Deal with Visit Jacksonville

Entrepreneur with Clay County Ties Forms Deal with Visit Jacksonville

Full Article Here - Clay Today Online - May 4, 2017

JACKSONVILLE – A former Fleming Island entrepreneur has formed a new partnership with Jacksonville’s tourism agency. Zachary Schwartz’s mobile app intoGo is now the official app for Visit Jacksonville, the agency that helps welcome more than 20 million visitors each year to Jacksonville and the region.

The app will help guests who are looking to experience area beaches, parks, cultural attractions, restaurants and other destinations know where to go. “With mobile Technology being necessary to today’s traveler, it’s a relief to work with Visit Jacksonville to ensure our city’s visitors are covered from every angle. 

Together, we are going to move Jacksonville up on a travelers’ destinations list from a maybe to a must see!” Schwartz said. The intoGo app offers users lists of events, attractions and business to discover in Jacksonville and offers top picks and personalized recommendations based on the users’ preferences and likes and the distance from their location. The app also organizes attractions and business into itineraries or collections that group together suggestions for ‘a night out,’ ‘hiking and biking trails,’ ‘family fun,’ ‘happy hour’ and ‘cool date ideas,’ to name a few. “More than ever, visitors are engaging with our destination via mobile. They are using their phones to research our website and connect with us via social media, so it is very fitting for us to solidify this partnership with intoGo and provide visitors comprehensive destination information specifically formatted for their mobile devices,” said Katie Mitura, vice president of marketing and communication at Visit Jacksonville. Schwartz, who began his career in print guides. 

For five years now, Schwartz has been creating and re-creating digital, mobile guides. In 2015, Zachary won OneSpark with TheCity.Guide and shortly after raised funding from the Frisch Family to build intoGo. The app launched in November 2016 and has quickly grown to become the No. 1 most-downloaded and used mobile resource for Northeast Florida with more than 10,000 active users. 

In January, Schwartz won first place and $1,000 in Clay County’s inaugural innovation festival “Pitch in the Park” held at Town Hall. A free download for Apple and Android platforms, intoGo will be promoted to visitors at all visitor centers, visitjacksonville. com, in the official Visit Jacksonville magazine and a targeted marketing campaign. To ensure all local businesses and attractions are on the app, intoGo is asking them to connect with them to be added to the database. Businesses can contact Zachary at zachary@intogo.com or (904) 574-2494 for more information.

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