Little by little, experienced software developers are aiming to make the life of a business professional as simple as possible. The latest app to come out of the country is specifically geared toward those whose jobs require plenty of travel from one side of the nation to the other. "The country's first app for the business traveller," as Calgary's John Gilchrist told the Calgary Herald, is called "Eat Canada," and will help professionals track down the best cafes, pubs and diners in the city they're visiting, using their time as efficiently as possible.
Catering to Professionals
"Talking with people [showed that] a real need is in the business community,"Gilchrist told the news source. "There are like six million Canadian business travellers every year and yet we don't know the cities that we're doing business in. So I thought we should be able to help you out doing that."
Created by the nation's top restaurant critics, the app includes 11 of the greatest dining and business hubs in Canada, including Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina.
Many restaurants specifically cater to the corporate crowd, curating menu items and a style of service that accommodates business dining, whether professionals are meeting to discuss a contract or a student is in town for a job interview.
Boosting the Local Economy
According to the news source, visitor spending in Calgary is about $1.4 billion a year, and many of those dollars come from the food and beverage market. In 2010 alone, there were 5,114,636 visits to the Calgary area, Statistics Canada reports. Calgary's rate of business travel is higher than any of the other metropolitan markets in the country, and for that, it's important that the city does everything it can to accommodate these high-spending visitors.
For the Students, Too
Students who are taking classes in Calgary are also a type of clientele to look out for. Many of these young adults are aspiring business leaders who might even find a permanent home in the Calgary area if they become accustomed to it and enjoy the downtown activity during their enrollment.
These students can also take advantage of the new app, and could even impress a hiring manager or business employer during their interview by showing them how useful and functional Eat Canada could be for them.