U.S. network Travel Channel has released its first travel guide application, Travel Channel Layover Guide With Anthony Bourdain, available via iTunes for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone devices.
The app gives users the chance to explore a city from chef and Travel Channel host Anthony Bourdain’s unique culinary perspective, with exclusive content from the network’s series The Layover and Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
Developed and produced by the network, the app focuses on 10 featured cities: Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York, Rome, San Francisco and Singapore. Some of the app’s offerings include an itinerary builder that estimates travel time, customized video introductions and notes about each city from Bourdain, and sharing capabilities for Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.
A demo video of the app is available on travelchannel.com/mobile/bourdain-layover-app.
“Today’s launch is the latest example of Travel Channel’s expansion across multiple platforms as a travel lifestyle brand, providing a highly engaging, content-rich user experience closely integrated with on-air programming,” said Travel Channel president Laureen Ong. “Now, with the launch of this app, we’re closing the gap between the linear channel and digital platforms, taking it to the next step to actually enable consumers to get traveling.”
Meanwhile, Zero Point Zero Production, makers of the Travel Channel’s The Layover and Anthony Bourdain No Reservations, is to launch a new series on Food Network called Meat Men. Premiering on April 9, the series focuses on New York butcher Pat LaFrieda and his third-generation wholesale meat purveyor company.
Zero Point Zero has also released an iPad app to complement the series, entitled Pat LaFrieda’s Big App for Meat. The app offers butchering videos and photography, as well as tips and techniques.