New technology brings virtual reality and augmented reality to guests at Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites.
For Immediate Release
KELOWNA, BC – Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites has partnered with award-winning technology company QuestUpon (a Wavefront Venture Acceleration Program company), to create an interactive experience for hotel guests, with the ‘BC Wildlife Adventure’ that features both Kelowna and BC’s wildlife.
“Our staff often notice that our younger guests are looking for things to do. We were inspired by QuestUpon to create something for these guests that is appealing to the way they connect with the world. We now have an interactive adventure, for kids of all ages, that has them navigate through the hotel and courtyard, engaging with nature and wildlife that’s native to BC and Kelowna. It works well for us since it utilizes our beautiful one acre courtyard and we’re already known as an urban resort hotel,” says Brenda Rayburn, Director of Sales & Marketing for Best Western Plus Kelowna.
As guests arrive, they will notice prompts throughout the hotel to get them playing the quest. Once they have the application on their mobile device, they get started in the lobby of the hotel. The quest will then take them on a geocaching adventure through the hotel and courtyard, navigating to various missions, tasks and mini-games. Some of the things they’ll get to experience is catching salmon as they jump upstream; take a picture of a moose; pick apples off a tree; see a grizzly; take a picture of Ogopogo; and more!
“We blend a scavenger and treasure hunt together with geocaching, and then wave the ‘magic wand’ of technology throughout, bringing everything to life for an extreme level of engagement,” says Tammy Meyers, co-founder of QuestUpon. “We use virtual reality and augmented reality, delivering the experience right into the guest’s palm, using their smartphone. Once the Best Western guest finishes the quest, we anticipate that they’ll want to explore the other quests that are in Kelowna, further enhancing their visit to the city.”
“Being the first hotel to have a game like this made specifically for their hotel is really exciting for us! Our goal is to give our guests a ‘WOW’ and memorable experience,” says Brenda Rayburn, “but seeing kids of all ages smiling and having fun is what really counts.”
Award recipient for ‘Most Innovative Entertainment Company’.
QuestUpon creates interactive and engaging experiences for the 21st century audience, bringing things to life in the real world with virtual reality and 3D augmented reality. QuestUpon provides a full range of uses to the user, providing a new way to experience their environment for an extreme level of engagement. The platform allows for a variety of quest types including urban races, guided tours, treasure hunts and games.
The founders have a long history in mobile platform and game development with their associate company, PlayMobility.
For more information visit www.questupon.com
About Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites
Kelowna’s award-winning “green” hotel, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites, is located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley and is a launch pad to a wide range of activities in all four seasons. Offering first-class accommodations in Kelowna, the largest city in the BC interior, this award-winning green hotel is also pet-friendly.
For more information visit www.bestwesternkelownahotel.com
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