hotels.com has added new, interactive mapping capabilities to facilitate the selection of hotels and trip planning process. (8/2/2007)
The new mapping capabilities, in conjunction with side-by-side comparisons, photos, virtual tours, user reviews, and detailed property descriptions, are designed to streamline the hotel selection and booking process, according to Scott Booker, chief hotel expert for hotels.com.
Using the new mapping features, travelers can display landmarks and points of interest surrounding their potential hotel choice on an interactive map. They also can drag the map in any direction, view the distance between two selected points, and the estimated driving and walking times between those points.
The mapping features enable travelers to choose a hotel that is convenient to the local sites they want to visit (such as beaches, museums, parks, shopping areas and theaters) as well as transportation (such as airports and train stations).
hotels.com partnered with deCarta, a provider of geospatial platform software and related services to implement the new mapping functionality, along with NAVTEQ for the detailed map database.
“hotels.com has taken the lead in the hospitality market by embracing advanced mapping and navigation capabilities to drive competitive differentiation, increase customer traffic and deliver high user content and utility,” said J. Kim Fennell, President and CEO, deCarta.
DeCarta’s software uses data from NAVTEQ, a map data supplier to provide hotels.com with the detailed and comprehensive map data needed to optimise routing capabilities. NAVTEQ map data gives hotels.com users access to millions of roads nationwide as well as over six million unique points of interest such as restaurants, leisure facilities, gas stations and ATMs.