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Our Sophie is Voice of Ireland on Trailblazing Autio Travel App

TRAVEL TALES: Autio launch new tourst service to mark JetBlue first flights into Ireland

Famed as a podcaster, emcee and campaigner, Co Down native and New York networker Sophie Colgan has just scored a new gig as the voice of Ireland on a new Autio playlist for Americans visiting the Emerald Isle.

Kicking off on St. Patrick’s Day, JetBlue passengers will have access to an exclusive selection of features — read by Sophie (with a little help from AI) — on the travel app launched to coincide with the carrier’s new routes from New York and Boston into Dublin. 

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Co-founded by actor Kevin Costner, Autio is offering JetBlue passengers and crew on flights to Ireland in March a complimentary 30 day subscription to the Autio app.

“We’re thrilled to announce Autio’s first leap beyond U.S. borders with our expansion into Ireland, setting the stage for Autio’s forthcoming exploration into countries worldwide throughout 2024,” said Woody Sears, CEO and co-founder at Autio. “In parallel excitement, we’re delighted to expand our partnership with JetBlue to elevate the travel experience for their customers with immersive audio storytelling experiences, whether they’re tuning it to the rich narratives of Ireland or embarking on journeys within the United States. Together with JetBlue, we’re redefining the way that people engage with the world, one story at a time.”

IRISH VOICE: Attorney General Letitia James (center) with Sophie Colgan and Brian McCabe, both winners of the Community Champions Irish Heritage Guardian Award. Photo by Nuala Purcell.

IRISH VOICE: Attorney General Letitia James (center) with Sophie Colgan and Brian McCabe, both winners of the Community Champions Irish Heritage Guardian Award. Photo by Nuala Purcell.

Autio will be launching over 10,000 stories for Ireland, along with an Ireland Playlist exclusively for JetBlue passengers including stories on the Cliffs of Moher, Dublin’s famous Temple Bar, the Guinness Storehouse, U2’s Bono, UFC legend Conor McGregor, the vast Phoenix Park, St. Patrick’s Day Festivals, and more. Autio Playlists are comprised of bite-sized stories featured on the app, carefully curated into subjects and locations of interest.

With a collection of 22,000+ unique short stories in the United States and Ireland, Autio offers a travel experience like no other, personalizing journeys with stories tailored to each location’s spirit and history. Autio’s geolocation technology intuitively plays stories about landmarks, cities, and towns as users pass by, painting a multi-dimensional picture that listeners are unlikely to get from a history book or visitor’s guide. Listeners can enjoy tales narrated by celebrated voices like Kevin Costner, John Lithgow, and Phil Jackson.