We want to enhance the economic potential of our national parks and protect our natural heritage and taonga for future generations. We will do this by enabling people to make cashless offline payments when they use outdoor recreation facilities (e.g. DoC huts).
People don't carry cash on them these days, especially when they're out in the bush. There isn't an easy way for tourists and trampers/ hikers to make payments. This is an under-utilised stream of revenue which could otherwise be used to reinvest in our tourism infrastructure.
We have built a mobile application using DoC and ECAN geospatial data and other tourist information to enable tourists and trampers/hikers to:
- plan trips (track information, facilities, weather)
- check in at various locations
- make offline cashless payment (through scanning a qr code)
- register emergency contact person
- send automatic notifications if you don't return by a specified date
- share your journey through social media (to promote our national parks)
- provide feedback about facilities, track conditions, your experience
The application will allow the digitisation of non-machine data (location checkin information) to be collected. This data can then be used (by DoC for example) for the purposes of:
- health and safety
- tourism trends
This application could be expanded and used by local government to collect fees from freedom campers (relying on a high uptake of the app by tourists)
The purpose of this app is not to ensure that everyone pays but rather to enable an easier path for people who would like to pay.
community resilience: (assuming significant uptake by tourists) this application could be an imporntant tool to communicate directly with tourists (who wouldn't have extensive social or community networks locally) in case of an emergency or disaster situation.