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ValueAirlines.com Emerges to Compete for Travel Rates of Major Travel Site Players

With competing travel companies fighting over customers traveling to the continental United States and the European seaboards, a new travel site has sets its sights on the far Orient to help travelers reach the steps of the Great Wall, the courtyards of the Angkor temples or the tropical forests of Vietnam by providing the lowest fares and the friendliest, most efficient service to its customers.

San Francisco based company ValueAirlines.com has made it a priority to help people save time and money in their travels by providing accurate and reliable information as well as comparable prices to those of Kayak, Fly.com, Tripadvisor.com and Mobissimo and offers travel services ranging from airline tickets and hotels to vacation packages, car rentals and cruises.

ValueAirlines.com compares the rates of over 400 low-cost airlines and over 300,000 of the best hotels. Not only does Value Airlines get the cheapest fares in Asia, but around the world as well, rivaling travel agencies that specialize in travel rates for Australia, South and North America as well as Europe and Africa. Value Airlines is celebrating the launch of their site and encourages all world travelers to take a quick tour of the site and compare what can only be described as highly economical fares.

As an online media company ValueAirlines.com does not sell tickets but is dedicated to simplifying consumers’ search, publishing great deals and also providing them with the best travel guides. For more information on our services visit Valuearlines.com or contact info@valueairlines.com.

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Spain Visual Includes A New Destination To Its Tourism Portal – La Rioja

Spain Visual (www.spain-visual.com) new tourism portal in Spain presents its latest update includes a new destination La Rioja, the region known for its wines and for being a gastronomic destination of first line, added content can discover its important monuments and landscape values.

It also has integrated holiday homes booking engine Spain-holiday.com offers access to more than 5,000 holiday homes in Spain direct negotiations with their owners.

As for the hotel reservation can be integrated as the exclusive engine for hotelopia.com which gives access to the largest database of available apartments and hotels in Spain at the most competitive market prices for those to plan their holiday in Spain.

In reference to flights, flights & hotel, activities, hotel deals, etc …has been integrated Atrapalo.com and its best offers covering all sectors.

Video contents have been expanded in 80 spots, mainly in Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Costa Brava, which substantially improves the presentation of these destinations on the site that gives better information for sailors wishing to visit Spain.

Spain Visual is the process of reaching agreements with tourism businesses to prepare for the launch of its portal in the Russian market, a strategic objective of this platform in the near future.

Have also made improvements to enhance content search engine positioning strategies, complemented by short-term advertising campaigns on Google and other ways to get maximum visibility in the shortest period possible.

With these improvements, the Visual Spain provides all the necessary resources to plan your holidays in Spain, with the best possible information on their tourism offers, according to their slogan: “look, find and booking”.

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Spain Visual Increasing Their Content Up To 600 Video Clips That Can Offer More Complete Image Of Spain As A Tourist Destination

Spain Visual with this latest extension allows you to visit 33 tourist destinations in a single platform that represents 85% of tourism supply in Spain.

They improve the content under “Featured and offers” both raising awareness of little-known corners with charm and original hotels as a section that presents the best deals for travel and accommodation offered by wholesalers.

It starts an advertising campaign aimed at the European community with the slogans “Do you know Spain?” and “Discover Spain” into Google and Facebook.

The layout design is more friendly, dramatically improving navigability.

They are developing new content relating to products in Spain especially in regard to wine, cheese, oil and local cuisine, as we find a value of paramount importance in our tourist offer.

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Spain Visual Updates Its Tourism Portal By Spain, And Presents The New And Improved Version Of Its Platform

They have added three new destinations to the site, Aragon, Extremadura and Val d’Aran in which the site presents 85% of tourism in Spain.

So the destinations in www.spainvisual.com currently operating are:

Costa Brava. Costa del Maresme, Barcelona, Costa Dorada, Sitges, Castellón, Valencia, Alicante / Costa Blanca, Murcia, Almeria, Malaga / Costa del Sol. Granada, Seville, Cadiz, Huelva, Pyrenees, Navarre, Aragon, Asturias, Castilla La Mancha, Madrid, Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro

It expands the video section to offer to companies making corporate video commercials for the web at affordable prices.

As for video content have been integrated for 19 spots these areas bringing the total content of the portal video spot is 564 spots.

Added photo content to improve information in various areas.

It has completely changed the layout design making it more friendly and substantially improving the navigability.

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Spain Visual Integrates Three New Destinations In Its Tourism Portal, Aragon, Extremadura And Val d’Aran

Spain Visual presents a new version of its website about Spain tourism with a substantial increase in content and significant improvements in design and navigability.

The day 02.11.2011 presents a new version of Visual Spain tourism website www.spainvisual.com, with plenty of improvements content, design and navigability.

. They have added three new destinations to the site, Aragon, Extremadura and Val d’Aran in which the site presents 85% of tourism in Spain.

. It expands the video section to offer to companies making corporate video commercials for the web at affordable prices.

. As for video content have been integrated for 19 spots these areas bringing the total content of the portal video spot is 564 spots.

. Added photo content to improve information in various areas.

. It has completely changed the layout design making it more friendly and substantially improving the navigability.

. They have integrated the latest deals flights low cost of Iberia, as well as banners for the company Smart Boxes regarding short breaks at very competitive prices.

. They have enhanced the content of social media channels such as Vimeo, Youtube and Facebook, as well as the opening of a specialized blog on holiday in Spain to boost brand awareness.

As for expansion plans in a period of 12 to 18 months will come to its presentation in Mandarin Chinese and Russian to match the industry’s future.

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DO YOU KNOW SPAIN? A video tour by the best tourist destinations in Spain

www.spainvisual.com launches new version of its portal with major graphical enhancements, content and navigability.

“Spain Visual”, tourism portal located in Barcelona, has incorporated into this new version links to blogs and social networks and Web 2.0 start. It also has added a new destination Asturias, being under preparation on Galicia and Castilla Leon.

Video contents have been hosted on a dedicated server in the U.S. of the renowned company specializing in network video Sorensonmedia to offer streaming video in a professional manner.

It also has integrated into the portal advertising banners AffiliateFuture that guarantee the best deals in the sector.

His slogan “Look, find & booking” sums up the philosophy of the portal, a tool to explore the core values of a destination from your PC, Iphone or mobile and be able to choose the more attractive, making available to the navigator also all tools necessary to book everything you need at competitive prices.

Company sources indicate that short-term goals are, on one side complete the presentation of the few brands and other tourist missing translation from Russian and Chinese portal at the time it is possible to boost the brand in Spain these markets in future.

As for other improvements, try to integrate into each brand booking engines presented the specific destination of the hotel association to help improve the margins of the sector.

With this platform “Spain Visual” hopes to bring added value and efficiency to promote the network of the Spanish tourist industry.

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Northern Escape Heli-Skiing to be Featured in Upcoming Ski Films by Standard Films and Matchstick Productions

Northern Escape Heli-Skiing has announced that after hosting several film crews comprising world-class skiers and snowboarders in their Skeena Mountains playgorund this past winter, Northern Escape Heli-Skiing has announced that they will be featured in at least two upcoming ski films by Standard Films and Matchstick Productions.

Standard Films landed at Northern Escape to capture the extreme skiing footage. The crew of riders and pro-skiers included Mark Carter, Sammy Luebke, Aaron Bittner, Blair Habenacht and lastly perhaps the most performing rider Kazu Kobiko. Kazu may be the most talented rider of any style. The professionals at Northern Escapes were all taken aback by Kazu’s choice of lines, from tech pillows to big mountain spine freestyle. He amazed on watchers with 80 foot trick airs to stomp. Lucky for us, Kazu’s talent has been captured by a film crew. Some familiar faces from Standard Films were Travis Robb and Ondo filming as well Mads Jonsson, Lonnie Kauk, Torstein Horgmo, Mathieu Crepel.

Both the film crew and the riders had tough challenges to face in the Skeena Mountains. The weather was tough on everyone. They started the month long tour with some clear, cold bluebird conditions which made for long days. Then some high pressure winds blew in from the North with some severity and affected almost every piece of exposed terrain so the crew was forced to move to sheltered tree runs. A couple tricks the riders use to maintain their energy on icy cold days are to pack and extra pair of goggles, wear mitts instead of gloves, snack often, and stay hydrated.

What makes Northern Escape so desirable to film crews is the diversity of terrain. In any condition they can get into the mountains and put together a day of filming. Mark Carter stated “It’s like being in AK but you have the advantage of having reference points so things aren’t so scary. The guiding policy when things are tough and we are getting pushed around by weather is to break the terrain down and isolate features instead of looking at a whole mountain.”

TB20 will be released for premiere viewing in September, so stay tuned for the trailer. Standard Films has always been known for putting together solid productions with a compliment of great music and historical footage. This DVD will be a must-see for extreme ski fans. It will be shot in mostly digital, so a wide screen TV will transport you to the scene. Riders were also shooting POV with Contour so you’ll feel vertigo while you watch from home.

Before the heliskiing season was over, Matchstick Productions also visited Northern Escape’s heli-ski resort to catch some amazing video. One member of the crew was Henrik Windstedt from Sweden. He was a professional male model, which never hurts a movie, and he is a Big Mountain free-ride skier. He got in touch with Matchstick productions at a World Free-ride Extremes circuit in Europe some years ago and has been doing segments for Matchstick for the past couple seasons. Another member of the film team was Rory Bushfield, who had been to Northern Escape twice before. Rory is big on freestyle tricks, such as jumping off bridges into freezing cold rivers and crashing through some kind of inferno.

Matchstick Productions team had Quantum Helicopters fly a B2 A-Star for their journey to collect great skiing action shots. The footage will be featured in an upcoming film titled, “Attack of La Nina” Watch the preview here.

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3dbusinesstmexpo.com is Visited by Thousands of M.I.C.E. and Travel Planners Every Week!

3D Business Travel & Meetings Online M.I.C.E and travel tradeshow is visited by thousands of travel planners every month!

Launched in October 2010, 3D Business Travel & Meetings Expo introduces a new e-platform for today’s modern, green and time-conscious business travel & hotel professionals at www.3dbusinesstmexpo.com

3dbusinesstmexpo.com is Visited by Thousands of M.I.C.E. and Travel Planners Every Week!

3D Business Travel & Meetings Expo is an online tradeshow where global business travel, M.I.C.E and hotel services are geared towards an international, regional or local audience. 3D Business Travel & Meetings Expo also introduces fast, effective and affordable Hotel and Travel e-PR services for its online exhibitors with weekly e-newsletter distribution to its 64.346 opt-in database compiled from specific groups of travel buyers and interested global communities of meeting planners, incentive planners, in house M.I.C.E. buyers of corporations, independent travelers and online travel media in 65 countries.

In a hyper-competetive global M.I.C.E. and business travel community, no one wants to miss an opportunity to build that strong network with corporations, institutions, associations, local and international companies organizing educational seminars, meetings, conferences, business travel packages, incentive trips, and corporate events.

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MyBritishColumbiaInfo.com Takes Tourism In A New Direction For British Columbia Businesses

MyBritishColumbiaInfo.com, a new destination site launched this year with the MyDestiontionalnfo.com travel network, is offering a fresh approach to the tourism industry, allowing businesses in British Columbia to reach out and connect with customers directly while expanding their national and international exposure.

In addressing the needs for businesses in British Columbia to reach the modern day visitor, MyBritishColumbiaInfo.com is able to provide a comprehensive and cost-effective promotional tool, and it recognizes the needs of today’s travellers to be able to access information quickly and easily. MyDestinationInfo.com ensures that each region is a market leader by regularly updating its technology to meet the expectations of users online.

The global approach of the network means that travellers seeking information for interests and activities such as BC golf coursesBritish Columbia restaurants or ski and snow adventures in British Columbia, can easily plan their trip before arriving at their destination and therefore maximize their travel experience. In addition, international travellers can book their flights and hotel accommodation in British Columbia from the website. This ensures that visitors are able to plan their trip more efficiently and experience a wide range of choices provided in British Columbia in an all in one platform.

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MyDestinationInfo.com Launches Hub Site

MyDestinationInfo.com has launched a new hub site which seamlessly links MyCapeTownInfo.com to the global network of MyDestinationInfo guides. The launch, which took place at the end of September, sees the network of websites become a solid contender on the local online travel guide market.

MyCapeTownInfo.com has been a member of the MyDestinationInfo network since May 2009, and over this time has seen a marked increase in visitors from both within South Africa and around the world.

It is predicted that the launch of the new MyDestinationInfo.com hub site, alongside a high-impact public relations campaign, will see visitor numbers increase dramatically, with a greater emphasis on international traffic.

The hub site is to act as a one-stop travel portal to any traveller looking for in-depth, accurate information on a current destination or to provide inspiration for their next trip to any one of the other 64 travel guides. The intuitive layout and high-quality, editorialised and focused travel articles will lead users to various destinations within the MyDestinationInfo network, offering various establishments the chance to appear in travel editorial, and not just in online listings on the individual sites.

MyDestinationInfo.com already features articles about Cape Town restaurantsTable Mountain, and some its most glamourous restaurants and accommodation, including the Savoy Cabbage restaurant and the One&Only Hotel.

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MyJohannesburgInfo.com Launches Dedicated Tourists Routes

MyJohannesburgInfo.com, part of the MyDestinationInfo.com travel network, has launched a new section dedicated to specific travel routes. This section offers travellers proposed itineraries for an afternoon, a weekend, or an entire week.

These suggested trips and routes, dubbed Johannesburg Destinations deal with 10 of Johannesburg’s most popular regions, as well as regions often overlooked by tourists. They include comprehensive maps, recommended reading, and brief introductions to the various regions.

Routes close to Johannesburg include those of the popular township of Soweto, which suggests hotels, shopping centres, museums and other important heritage sites; Johannesburg proper; Sandton; the Magaliesberg; and the Cradle of Humankind.

Further afield, popular wildlife regions the Kruger National Park and the smaller Pilanesberg Game Reserve is also showcased.

All of these safari routes offer cultural, sporting and accommodation suggestions, as well as highlights within the actual reserves, and link into various comprehensive listings included in each of these categories.

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Chamonixinfo.com Launch Live Hotel Booking Service

ChamonixInfo.com is an expert on all things Chamonix and the portal has decided to make the most of this knowledge to expand the services offered on its website by launching an online hotel booking service with live availability.

Chamonix is one of the most popular alpine resorts in France, with a high demand for accommodation year round. Online booking has become a lifestyle choice, unlike traditional ways of organising holidays, which is why more and more travellers are choosing to arrange and book their own independent holiday to resorts such as Chamonix for added flexibility and choice.

ChamonixInfo.com provides information and research on the area, meaning customers can easily find the information they need, even if they know little about the area they are visiting. The site offers independent reviews and write-ups on handpicked hotels in the Chamonix area so users can quickly browse the range of accommodation on offer.

Going one step further, ChamonixInfo has now launched its online Chamonix hotel booking service, with many of the hotels featured on the website offering online live availability checking and booking.

This new service makes booking a holiday to Chamonix without using a travel agent or tour operator easy. Having chosen the hotel, users simply click on the ‘Search and book’ button to open up the webpage for their chosen hotel. After imputing the dates and number of rooms required, a quote for the holiday will be returned.

All quotes are for the price of the room for the whole stay and not per person and you are sure to get the best internet rates offered by the featured hotels in Chamonix. Those looking for car hire or flights can also find great deals using the search box on the ChamonixInfo homepage.

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MyGardenRouteInfo Reports Upsurge In Eco-Friendly Tourism

MyGardenRouteInfo reports local tourism businesses along South Africa’s Garden Route are starting to place greater emphasis on environmental issues. In line with international trends, tourist businesses along the Garden Route are starting to see the importance of offering sustainable and environmentally friendly services and products that aim to lower carbon footprints and promote reduced impact on the natural surroundings.

The new trend which has been defined by non-profit ecotourism organisation The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) as “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people” has seen a dramatic increase throughout the world in recent years.

According to TIES, eco-tourism has been growing 20-34% per year since the early 1990s, and in 2004, eco-tourism and nature-based tourism around the world grew 3 times faster than the tourism industry as a whole.

MyGardenRouteInfo has also noted an increase in the number of businesses aligning themselves with goals outlined by the likes of TIES, but that does not mean a lowering of standards or necessitate a significant change in the individual travellers habits.

The travel website believes that luxury travel businesses can still offer unparalleled experiences but also do it in a responsible manner. This includes incorporating local communities into business models, increasing the use of energy-saving measures, as well as only making use of sustainable materials to build tourist establishments.

Leading the way in terms of responsible tourism development along the Garden Route is Phantom Forest Eco Reserve in the heart of the indigenous Knysna forest. Similar objectives have been achieved by Teniqua Treetops, situated in the Outeniqua forest, which offer eco-conscious travellers a “back to nature” collection of tree-top chalets, and places significant emphasis on long-term sustainability. Wildlife safaris are also managing to lead the way with the famous reserves of Shamwari and Addo Elephant Park providing tourists with eco-friendly activities and the chance to immerse themselves in the nature of the area.

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MyPhuketInfo Launches Novel Booking System For Key Thai Tourism Provinces

MyPhuketInfo.com has recently launched an innovative online booking service, starting first with Phuket and then, by the end of September, to the other destinations for which Phuket is a major hub.

In line with what seasoned travelers today expect of an online booking service, MyPhuketInfo.com has contracts in place with major third party suppliers guaranteeing a wide selection of bookable Phuket hotels and resorts. But the really novel aspect of the service capitalizes on the MyPhuketInfo.com team’s intimate knowledge of the destinations, together with its presence on the ground.

As a result of its close personal contact with local Phuket businesses, the MyPhuketInfo.com team is collecting a whole platform of amazing exclusive special deals and special rates offered by local hotels and resorts, some of which have never before been available for online booking through a major destination website.

A winning formula for Phuket accommodation providers as well as travelers looking for something beyond the standard offerings, the MyPhuketInfo.com locally contracted reservation system means travelers pay the resort direct – a significant cash-flow boost to resort operators – at the same time affording smaller resorts the opportunity of having an online booking engine on their own website.

A significant boost to the MyDestinationInfo concept of a fully interactive total travel information service, the online booking system, which today incorporates airline and car hire bookings and will in future add activity and excursion booking opportunities, meshes seamlessly the insightful local Phuket travel tips and the unique members’ area, which includes a personalized trip planner and the opportunity to input to the MyPhuketInfo.com content by way of comment and review.

As part of a fast-expanding 60-strong international network of information websites, the introduction of the innovative online booking system across the group provides MyPhuketInfo.com visitors with a single source of up-to-the-minute travel resources stretching from London to Australia’s Gold Coast and beyond.

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MyDubaiInfo.com to host MyDestinationInfo.com 2011 Franchisee Conference

MyDubaiInfo.com has been chosen as a primary location for the MyDestinationInfo.com chain of websites from all over the world, and as a result it will welcome all 100 franchisees in May, 2011. In addition to the numerous presentations which will form part of the official program, there will also be a lot of time devoted to exploring Dubai.

The conference will give MyDubaiInfo.com the opportunity to reveal Dubai to the other franchisees from Algarve, Mallorca, London, Cape Town, Kenya, Slovenia, Munich, Cyprus, Puerto Rico, Cairo, who are all part of the fastest growing global online travel guide network.

Just a couple of years ago the MyDestinationInfo.com network consisted of only 30 destinations. The 2011 Conference will see the gathering together of 100 destination experts, guest speakers and partners.

Attendees will have the chance to try the best of the Arabic cuisine, and to enjoy some of the best and most famous restaurants in Dubai. One of the evenings’ entertainment event’s which has already been planned will be hosted at a restaurant under Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world.

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MyMarbellaInfo.com Reports Rise In Tourism

MyMarbellaInfo.com, the leading online travel guide for Marbella, and has reported a rise in tourism. The site is constantly updated with information about Marbella, tourism, events and activities but also the day to day business of this picturesque town.

According to the latest figures released from the Institute of National Statistics, Marbella’s tourism industry is recovering and the economy is looking up.

Despite the current economic climate, the municipality of Marbella has registered a twelve per cent increase in overnight stays representing a total of 216,643 overnight stays in the Costa de Sol area. The figures also show that the hotel stays in the region of Marbella have risen 7%, which shows the Mayoress of Marbella, Angeles Muñoz, that the town is slowly but gradually recovering.

Many factors have contributed to the rise in visitors, and Marbella has worked extremely hard to make sure the town stayed interesting and welcoming for the foreign tourists. This year’s events in Marbella were bigger than any other year, and most were an incredible success.

At the beginning of August, America’s First Lady Michelle Obama and Daughter Sasha, granted Marbella with a short visit, staying in one of Marbella’s Top Hotels generating an immense amount of Marketing for Marbella.

Then came the fabulous summer concerts including the X-Factor concert and the ABBA tribute concert Bjorn Again which attracted over 5000 visitors alone. The international Festival of Art, and the Food and Sun Festival have also all played part in luring holiday makers to the town this year.

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MyBritishColumbiaInfo.com Expands Its Special Interests To Cater For International Students

MyBritishColumbiaInfo.com has announced the addition of international education to its resources for visitors to British Columbia. As a member of the award-winning MyDestinationInfo.com travel network, MyBritishColumbiaInfo.com pooled its resources to assist international students considering studying abroad.

As BC’s local travel guide, MyBritishColumbiaInfo.com sees a parallel between international education and the travel sector, connecting the opportunity for students to combine travel and continuing their studies whilst immersing themselves in another culture and gaining the experience of living in another country. In all the things to do in British Columbia visitors can also find unique events, general tourist services, and businesses in areas of special interest. Now, in response to enquiries in the study abroad sector, MyBritishColumbiaInfo.com will provide information on a range of schools in British Columbia that offer international study programs, including learning English as a Second Language (ESL).

With BC’s high standards of living, competitive course costs and world-class education system, it is no wonder that British Columbia welcomes thousands of international students annually. In addition, the opportunity for students to broaden their travelling experiences and explore the vast expanse of spectacular mountain vistas, coastal areas and natural landscapes of BC continues to be a contributing decision-making factor.

MyBritishColumbiaInfo.com will connect students directly with universities and colleges in British Columbia and assist those schools in their marketing and recruitment efforts for international students.

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MyMaltaInfo.com Launches Multimedia Player For Company Listings

MyMaltaInfo.com, the comprehensive online travel guide for the Maltese Islands, has made available a new multimedia player to all companies that are featured on the website. The player, developed by Plush Media for the whole MyDestinationInfo.com network, delivers online videos and virtual tours seamlessly on the website listings.

Filming, photography, editing, production and hosting are all taken care of by MyMaltaInfo.com in close collaboration with Plush Media. As with the rest of the website, the idea is to make it easy for businesses with an interest in the travel and tourism industry to market their products in an affordable and effective way to an international audience using cutting edge technology.

The MyMaltaInfo.com online travel guide promotes businesses across various sectors that can take advantage of this new multimedia offering. Hotels in Malta, restaurants, clubs, bars, diving centres, historical and cultural attractions, health and beauty centres, English language schools and shopping malls are prime examples of companies that make great candidates for a virtual tour and a video.

The videos are all divided into short sensible chapters. A restaurant video can cover general views of the venue in one chapter, an interview with the manager in another and the chef cooking his signature dish in the final chapter. This is an exceptionally attractive way to market a business with online visitors spending considerably more time learning about the restaurant than with conventional text only listings. Similarly, the virtual tours can depict a venue much better than any amount of text and normal photography can. A health spa, for example, can show off its premises online to potential clients just as if they were ‘virtually’ there, seamlessly moving from the indoor pool, to the massage parlour, to the steam room and so on.

Owner and director of MyMaltaInfo.com, Niki Bilocca said, “The multimedia player is another unique service that we are giving to our valued clients. The aim has always been to empower even small businesses to be able to market themselves online using the latest technologies without the need to spend a small fortune. The multimedia player is also made available to be embedded in any other online platform free of charge, such as the company’s own website. These videos and virtual tours definitely take our clients’ presence online to a new level.”

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MyGardenRouteInfo.com Tackles Accessibility Issues At Local Businesses

MyGardenRouteInfo.com has recently identified serious accessibility issues at restaurants, accommodation and tourist attractions along the Garden Route and throughout the Eastern Cape and has endeavoured to offer a comprehensive resource for tourists with mobility and accessibility issues.

According to Steve Chester, managing director of MyGardenRouteInfo.com, improving accessibility to establishments along the Garden Route requires a small investment, and is a business decision that can open a new and loyal market which he believe is currently under-catered for in the local market.

“Recent experiences with my own family have made me realize how little effort is put into making businesses accessible to people with mobility issues,” said Chester.

As such, MyGardenRouteInfo.com is encouraging companies that have wheelchair-friendly facilities to contact MyGardenRouteInfo via their website, for more info on adding an organisation to the website’s growing list of establishments.

MyGardenRouteInfo.com now offers significant exposure to those companies who comply with their accessibility standards via their accessible travel page. They also offer details of wheelchair friendly accommodation in Garden Route and wheelchair friendly restaurants in the Garden Route.

At the same time, Chester believes that accessibility considerations should not restricted to people in wheelchairs or shop riders, but also consider people with visual and hearing impairments, senior citizens whose balance and agility is not what it used to be, people requiring oxygen and people with walking aids such as canes and walking frames.

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MyCapeTownInfo.com Offers Multimedia First For Local Travel Businesses

MyCapeTownInfo.com will now offer a range of new multimedia features to its visitors and clients. These have been designed to create an interactive and enjoyable browsing experience, while showcasing companies and tourism establishments in a manner largely unheard of in the region.

At the core of the new multimedia offerings are advanced virtual tours, which are compiled using high-resolution digital cameras and a purpose-built 360 degree lens, imported from Spain. Photographs taken in and around various establishments are linked together into one interactive Flash file, and enable viewers to zoom, pan and rotate the images.

These interactive movie files will be uploaded and hosted on the company’s individual listing page, and organisations are also free to use them on their own websites and promotional material.

Andrew Thompson, managing director of MyCapeTownInfo.com says that the introduction of these virtual tours is indicative of the website’s goal to offer cutting-edge features to the local market. He said: “The virtual tours make use of the latest technology straight out of Europe and, as such, offer local businesses a great opportunity to be among the first in the world to experience the exposure they can offer.”

The tours, which are compiled by Plush Media in Spain, typically incorporate up to 8 different “views”, each of which showcases a specific room, restaurant, bar or feature, transporting the viewer right into the establishment.

The secret to their impact, says Thompson, lies in the sharp images and simple interactivity. “The tours have to be seen to be believed – they really are the next best thing to actually being there.”

At the same time, the virtual tour equipment can be used to create spectacular panoramic shots, which Thompson believes will be particularly valuable in showcasing Cape Towns world-famous scenery, including natural landscapes, beaches, vistas, and the Cape Town winelands.

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