Partnering with CyberCity 3D, Team Vision Virtual has released 3DHawaii.com, a comprehensive travel portal to show everything you need to know if you’re planning a trip to Hawaii. The site makes extensive use of the Google Earth Plug-in, and showcases some of the stunning 3D buildings that we’ve come to expect from CyberCity 3D.
From their press release:
Potential travelers who visit 3DHawaii.com can now explore the most comprehensive selection of hotels, resorts, restaurants, shopping centers, beaches, parks and visitor attractions available on the web, many in a 3D environment, to help them anticipate and plan their vacations and business trips to Hawaii. 3DHawaii.com introduces travelers to the many wonders Hawaii has to offer, in a captivating and engaging way. After exploring the options, travelers can make reservations using links on the site. Travelers will find aggressive rates for both lodging and activities. For hotels, travelers book directly with the property. For activities, travelers will book through MC&A, Team Vision Virtual’s local wholesale partner.
“Hawaii’s legendary landscapes come to life for travelers at 3DHawaii.com. We have invested in and published hundreds of high quality 3D buildings on Google Earth, which is going to drive a substantial amount of new web visitor traffic to our destination and our partners,” said Craig Carapelho, CEO, Team Vision Virtual. Hotels, activities, shopping centers, historic landmarks and other venues featured will help solidify the decision-making process for prospective visitors, allowing them to actually ‘experience’ all of our state’s destinations in 3D. It’s the next best thing to actually being here. For hotels and venues that choose to participate in 3D Hawaii, they now have a new way of showcasing their property and an additional connection to the booking process.”
It’s an excellent use of the Google Earth Plug-in. Bruce Polderman, the Product Manager for Google Earth agrees: “We’re impressed with 3DHawaii’s implementation of the Google Earth plugin, And think its visitors will appreciate this innovative approach to vacation planning.”
It doesn’t stop here. Hawaii3D is just the first in a series of 10 markets planned in the next 18 months by Team Vision Virtual. Given the usefulness of the Google Earth Plugin for this type of project, along with the rapidly expanding install base of Plugin users, I expect we’ll see a lot more sites like this come along in the next few years.