Thursday, July 17, 2008

TV Trips on Google Maps

TVTrip

TVtrip is a very impressive search engine for hotels that uses Google Maps to show the locations of hotels. The site currently maps 33,281 hotels worldwide and includes 7,652 hotel videos.

You can search for hotels by location and by price and even check for room availability. What really sets this site apart however is the ability to view a video of the hotel before booking. When you click on a hotel tag on the Google Map an information window opens containing a video review of the hotel.

The videos all come with a number of navigation tags so you can fast forward to shots of the exterior, the lobby or the room etc. If you click on the 'Hotel Information' link the video minimises to the top left hand corner of the information window and the rest of the window is used to describe the hotel and list the hotel's features.

The whole site is very impressive. The videos, hotel reviews and map are all produced to a very high quality.

tripwolf

tripwolf is a social travel guide that combines editorial travel content with user generated content. Using tripwolf travellers can create customized travel guides of places they discover through browsing the site.

Each location comes with a Google Map highlighting points of interest. Beneath the map the location is reviewed and Flickr photographs and YouTube videos of the location are displayed. Beneath the multi-media tripwolf lists the top user-rated restaurants, hotels, clubs and shops.

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