“If a photo is worth a thousand words, then a 360-degree panorama ("pano") is worth a thousand photos to help research, plan and book travel,” said TourWrist SVP and Chief Marketing Officer Dan Smigrod.
Abu Dhabi, UAE (PRWEB) April 09, 2013
TourWrist, the best-in-class virtual tour platform, announced today nearly 50 travel brands have licensed the brand new TourWrist SDK to integrate TourWrist technology into their apps and websites.
“Our virtual tour technology empowers travelers to make faster, more informed and confident travel planning and booking decisions,” said TourWrist Founder and CEO Charles Armstrong whom is also a speaker at the World Travel & Tourism Council 13th Annual Global Summit conference today. “By integrating our panoramic recording, viewing and sharing experience into their apps and websites, TourWrist will help these innovative travel companies increase bookings and traveler satisfaction.” The TourWrist software development kit (SDK) enables easy travel app and website integration of the device-agnostic TourWrist technology.
“If a photo is worth a thousand words, then a 360-degree panorama ("pano") is worth a thousand photos to help research, plan and book travel,” said TourWrist SVP and Chief Marketing Officer Dan Smigrod. “Travel, hospitality and tourism companies can now supercharge their mobile and web experiences with our TourWrist pano tech.”
At the WTTC 13th Annual Global Summit today, Armstrong announced the following new travel industry licensees in the last 30 days:
0-360.com – produces the 0-360 Panoramic Optic™, a specially-designed camera lens attachment which allows the capture of all 360 degrees in one shot. With the 0-360 Panoramic Optic and TourWrist, a virtual tour can be photographed and uploaded to the web in less than 5 minutes. The 0-360 truly is the fastest, easiest virtual tour system on the planet! 0-360.com is a division of Bellissimo, Inc., and has been selling the 0-360 Panoramic Optic worldwide since 2002. (http://www.0-360.com)
Bookit.com® – the largest privately held online travel agency in North America and one of the fastest growing travel companies in the world. The company offers a full range of services including vacation packages, airfare, hotel reservations, car rental, cruises and in-destination activities, attractions and services from a broad selection of destinations both domestically and internationally. Bookit.com created the patented FROM™ technology (US Patent #8010628) that searches for travel deals by focusing on the guest’s point of origin. (http://www.Bookit.com)
Brasil/CT – operates in the travel and tourism sectors, with a focus on unique solutions. Brasil/CT products and services include specializing in loyalty programs. Brasil/CT initiates and manages client partners in electronic commerce products and services; especially in the travel and tourism sectors. Brasil/CT provides outsourced management in the fulfillment of third-party programs and cash plus points payment systems. The company's headquarters is in Brazil (http://www.brasilct.com.br)
DealAngel – the 'honest' hotel comparison site that sifts through multiple hotel providers to find which hotels want the travelers' business the most. DealAngel uses historical pricing behavior to rank hotels by how 'undervalued’ they are on a particular night compared to their direct competitors, so travelers can easily and quickly find the hotels offering the best value-for-money, not just the lowest price. (http://www.DealAngel.com)
Flight Centre Limited – is Australasia’s best known travel agency group and now boasts more than 2,000 leisure, corporate and wholesale businesses in 11 countries. The company, through its retail and corporate brands, provides a complete travel service for leisure and business travellers in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Hong Kong, India, China, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. In addition, the company’s corporate travel management network, FCm Travel Solutions, extends to more than 70 other countries through strategic licensing agreements with independent local operators. Internationally, the company employs more than 13,000 consultants and support staff. (http://www.flightcentrelimited.com)
GigaPan – Founded in 2008, GigaPan offers an innovative technology system, spanning hardware, software and cloud-based viewing, tagging and sharing solutions. The company’s solutions allow photographers, digital content designers and promoters to expand the limits of traditional photography. These interactive images and panoramas bring zoomable, multi-dimensional stories to life through a system of dynamic tools, which drive exploration and engagement for brands, events, research and education. Connect with GigaPan on Facebook and Twitter. (http://www.GigaPan.com)
Gnoggin Studios – For over a decade, Gnoggin Studios has provided top-notch interactive experiences for companies of all sizes. Gnoggin is a true multimedia company specializing in content creation and application development for browser-based and mobile platforms. By leveraging its experience and array of disciplines, Gnoggin is able to provide each client with a unique and customized product, designed to reach their specific goals. From concept to creation and everywhere in between, Gnoggin Studios understands what it takes to “stand out” in a competitive market, and it strives to create informative engaging experiences designed to capture an audience. Gnoggin Studios are storytellers, and everything has a story… How can Gnoggin help? (http://www.gnoggin.com)
NCTech – Manufacturers of the iSTAR® 360 degree imaging system, a unique panoramic camera technology that enables the capture of a location instantly, automatically and accurately in full 360 degree high resolution, without the need for prior photographic skills or experience. Designed originally as a valuable tool for military, law enforcement and engineering applications, iSTAR® is now being widely adopted by the hospitality, tourism and heritage documentation markets to enable the instant capture and pre-visulisation of locations around the world in full 360 degrees. (http://www.nctechimaging.com)
Red Foundry – The Red Foundry Universal App SDK and Platform is built for creative people who want to design apps, not code them. With hundreds of features in a single app development kit, building a mobile app, improving an existing app, or generating revenue with an app has never been easier. Just ask the 50,000+ developers who develop 1,000+ mobile apps per month on Red Foundry. And companies like Samsung, Panasonic, Reader's Digest, ING, Expedia, and Random House all take advantage of the Red Foundry products and services to enhance their mobile offerings. Whether you're building your own mobile app in the Red Foundry Studio Builder, hiring its expert mobile development team to assist, or API-provider companies looking to utilize the Red Foundry Fusion SDK, Red Foundry is the solution. (http://www.RedFoundry.com)
Transat A.T. Inc. – an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50 countries. A holiday travel specialist, Transat operates mainly in Canada and Europe, as well as in the Caribbean, Mexico and the Mediterranean Basin. Montreal-based Transat is also active in air transportation, destination services and distribution. (TSX: TRZ.B, TRZ.A) (http://www.transatholidays.com)
Travelpickr – a global custom tour booking system that connects travelers directly with local tour operators. The Travelpickr website offers a unique crowdsourced approach to getting suggestions and quotes from multiple competing tour operators. Travelers post a customized tour request -- explaining which destination they are interested in, what they want to do there, how much they want to pay -- and multiple tour operators will respond. Each operator will answer questions and provide competing quotes for a customizable itinerary. The site also offers over 3,000 unique tours that can be modified, and prices negotiated between tour operator and traveler, with a focus on sustainable and multi-day adventures from lesser known destinations such as India, Vietnam, Eastern Europe and Africa. Travelpickr was created by René Trescases and Aravind Kumar in 2012 to apply their proven crowdsourcing techniques in the travel industry to improve custom tour itinerary planning. (http://www.travelpickr.com)
Vacation Cloud – is the creator of a portal database system that links lodging, activities and transportation inventory from different avenues and gives companies a tools to manage the transaction process (“Vacation Cloud On-Line Travel Agent (OTA) System”). The Vacation Cloud OTA System is tailored for the small and medium sized player interested in focusing on a specific niche and looking for not just technology, but a partner. The founders of Vacation Cloud have a strong background in database, API management and the rental industry; in particular vacation rentals. (http://www.vacation-cloud.com)
The nearly 50 travel brands licensing the TourWrist technology include those previously announced.
About TourWrist, Inc.
TourWrist is the world’s leading virtual tour platform empowering consumers to record, 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 record and upload their own spherical panoramic images, or browse and share any of the 70,000+ 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 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 more than a dozen pending patents. The company also owns and operates the world’s largest panoramic photography forum, PanoGuide.com, with 7,200+ 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:
Apple iTunes App Store: TourWrist
Google Play Store: TourWrist