Desti, often billed as “Siri for travel”, has launched its first app, a guide to California’s Bay Area for iPad.

The app comes from SRI International, which sold Siri to Apple in 2010. The Siri comparison comes because Desti uses similar artificial intelligence software to the personal assistant service.

In this case, however, the AI is focussed firmly on travel and providing better recommendations. “Simply ask Desti a travel question about lodging, attractions or restaurants and find the best results based on your search,” the app’s description reads. “Desti does the work for you by processing the entire ecosystem of travel information and finding the best results for you.”

You could, of course, argue that any search engine would do the same. But Desti claims to be more intelligent than that, using a massive knowledge database and semantic search capabilities for smarter recommendations. Indeed, the company tells The Next Web that it should even be able to tell if a hotel is noisy or whether a small bed and breakfast is good for a romantic weekend.