San Ramon, CA (PRWEB) January 17, 2013
AlwaysOnVacation®, one of the world’s largest vacation rental marketplaces and distribution networks with over 60,000 vacation rental properties in 120 countries, today announced that it has partnered with TourWrist, a mobile and web-based virtual tour marketing company. The marketing and technology alliance will enable AlwaysOnVacation to deliver unique and innovative 360-degree virtual tours of available vacation rental properties to renters.
“AlwaysOnVacation is committed to providing our property owners with innovative technologies that help them maximize bookings for their vacation rental property, while providing travelers with the inventory and online system necessary to assist them in finding the vacation rental property that meets the requirement of their upcoming travel,” said Jeff Idso, CEO of AlwaysOnVacation.
Adhering to its history of being an industry leader and delivering new technologies and distribution channels to expand online travel in the vacation rental category, AlwaysOnVacation will now enable property owners to shoot and share 360-degree panoramic images via their smartphones, tablets, and computers by integrating the TourWrist virtual tour viewer and capture technology in the AlwaysOnVacation app and Website. Renters will now have more information to make more educated and confident decisions about their ideal rental properties with more complete, detailed spherical panoramas at their fingertips.
“TourWrist is thrilled to partner with AlwaysOnVacation to help them continue their technological leadership in this space. Virtual tours are relatively new to the online travel industry and it is our goal to assist AlwaysOnVacation in being at the forefront of what we believe will soon become mainstream, said Dan Smigrod, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer of TourWrist.
The marketing and technology alliance with TourWrist will enable AlwaysOnVacation property owners to easily and seamlessly create panoramas with their smartphones and upload and share them through their listings on the AlwaysOnVacation site.
AlwaysOnVacation® is one of the world’s largest vacation rental marketplaces and distribution networks with over 60,000 vacation rental properties in 120 countries globally. AlwaysOnVacation vacation rental property listings are published in 16 languages and are viewed by over 6 million travelers each month who are interested in booking a vacation rental! Whether you are looking for a mountain cabin, a beach house, villa rental, vacation cottage or private home vacation rental, AlwaysOnVacation has a huge selection of vacation rental properties to choose from. Search for vacation rental properties with deep discounts for last minute bookings, long stays, and early bird bookings. http://www.alwaysonvacation.com info(at)alwaysonvacation(dot)com
About TourWrist, Inc.
TourWrist is the world’s leading virtual tour platform empowering consumers to shoot, view and share 360-degree panoramic (pano) images via smartphones, tablets and computers. The company employs a model similar to YouTube (but uniquely suited to panoramic virtual tours) and licenses its virtual tour viewer and capture technology to travel companies to integrate TourWrist tech within their apps and websites. The company mission is to improve how consumers make educated, location-based travel decisions.
“TourWrists” can easily shoot and upload their own panoramic images, or browse and share any of the 60,000+ geo-tagged panos already uploaded. The global TourWrist platform (apps, mobile web and website) is preparing to reach many millions of travelers in 2013; complete with localization for many major languages.
TourWrist launched commercially in early 2011. In 2012, TourWrist swept up four awards at The Travel Innovation Summit @ The PhoCusWright Conference including The General Catalyst Award for Travel Innovation. TourWrist was also awarded Best of Show at Macworld; and DEMOgod and the DEMO People's Choice awards at DEMO Spring 2012. Apple has featured TourWrist more than 600 times in its iTunes App Store. TourWrist has reached "#1 iPad Travel App" status in more than 80 countries.
The company has a highly-regarded IP portfolio that includes 11 pending patents. The company also owns and operates the world's largest panoramic photography forum, PanoGuide.com, with 7,100 professional virtual tour photographers globally; and is a sponsor of the International VR Photography Association (IVRPA).
Funding for the private, San Francisco–based emerging travel tech company includes venture capital firms Thayer Ventures and General Catalyst Partners. For more information about TourWrist, please visit: