wjz-13 all-news-99-1-wnew 1057-the-fan 1300logo2_67x35
FIRST WARNING WEATHER: Frost Advisory  Current Conditions | Video Forecast | Radar


Foursquare Ranks Baltimore Among Top 4 Cities With Best Destinations Worldwide

View Comments
inner harbor
Gigi Barnett 370x278 Gigi Barnett
Gigi Barnett anchors the Weekend Morning Edition with Meteorologist...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Popular Entertainment Photo Galleries

Celebrities With Crazy HairstylesCelebrities With Crazy Hairstyles

Stars Who Had Children Via SurrogatesStars Who Had Children Via Surrogates

The Biggest Nerds In Pop CultureThe Biggest Nerds In Pop Culture

10 Celebrity Cougars10 Celebrity Cougars

Sober Celebrity QuotesSober Celebrity Quotes

» More Photo Galleries

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Badge of honor. A popular smart phone app has placed Baltimore on a short list of cities with the best destinations.

As Gigi Barnett explains, it all started with a friendly competition.

Foursquare is a popular smart phone app that tracks its users in a unique way.

“When you’re at a restaurant or an apartment building or something, you can check in and your friends see it and you become, like, the mayor if you check in a bunch of times,” said Scott Heyman, Foursquare user.

And if the user checks in often, they rack up points, also called badges, which come with discounts at their favorite spots.

Back in January, the app’s creators launched a contest to boost tourism worldwide. They wanted to know which cities could create the best list of “hot spots” to attract the most Foursquare users. The top four cities would win a badge. Baltimore pulled out all the stops to earn this new badge.

“There’s only four cities right now in the U.S. that have these badges and only 16 in the whole world,” said Tom Rowe.

Rowe is the director of web marketing for Visit Baltimore, the city’s tourist arm. He says social media is so widely used that new visitors who use Foursquare will see a wide range of all Baltimore has to offer.

“I think this is now going to be an even more important tool in telling our story about Baltimore,” Rowe said.

In addition to Baltimore, Richmond, Oklahoma City, Des Moines and Stamford also received city badges.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus