- New app developed for tourists to keep track of ever-changing and complex Covid restrictions when they hit the road after state borders finally open
- KnowNotNo app deals with uncertainty of travelling in a Covid-restricted world
- Developer Matt McKinley hopes it will help travellers and the tourism industry
PUBLISHED: 17:04 AEDT, 10 October 2021 | By AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS
Matt McKinley has seen first-hand the devastating impact Covid-19 border closures has had on tourism.
The IT developer is a long time Cairns resident in a North Queensland city that depends on tourists, prompting him to develop an app for holidaymakers to keep up with latest restrictions when they can finally return.
‘People have lost confidence and they have lost a lot of money,’ he told AAP.
And more than a year since Covid restrictions began, even domestic travellers still fear last-minute changes could leave them stranded at a state border or put an end to their plans altogether.
So Mr McKinley’s IT company has developed an app called KnowNotNo that deals with the uncertainty of travelling in a Covid-restricted world.
Travellers enter their itinerary and the app tracks the rules in place at their departure point and destination, sending through alerts if anything changes before they leave or while they’re on the road.