HOLDCOM wrapped up 2005 by adding Denver-based VT360 to its roster of strategic partners. VT360 has been the leading innovator in 360-degree image capture and delivery since 1998. Most of you have probably experienced this interactive virtual tour technology and service via hospitality or real estate websites. The superior content that VT360 delivers, enables travelers to preview hotels and resorts in astounding resolution, delivered on high-speed first tier, redundant networks. Each of VT360’s clients, who have experienced a substantial increase of online booking since implementing this technology, are able to easily display their images on multiple travel channels, including Travelocity, Orbitz, Priceline, and over 4500 affiliate travel sites. For years, these visually impressive interactive tours relied solely upon imagery and the user’s ability to manipulate viewing angles. Now, VT360, along with HOLDCOM as its exclusive voice production provider, will launch its new Multi-lingual Voice Narration for Virtual Tours, “TruVoice™”.
The new professional voice addition “TruVoice™” was tested successfully with a sampling of VT360 Tours and the results indicate Internet viewers largely prefer the tours “with voice”.
“We’ve created a smart add-on product that loads externally of the images so the quality remains superior without being bulky”, said Brian Stearns, CEO of VT360. “The multi-lingual aspect enables hotels to achieve true global appeal with very little effort. This product stands out as a very worthy upgrade for the older ‘image only’ virtual tours,” added Stearns.
Annie Fitzsimmons, Communications Coordinator of The Phoenician, was ebullient about the innovation. “VT360 tours with voice narration is amazing. The voice adds quick info to our images, allowing us to truly walk the end-user through our product. We are able to deliver so much more information in a better way and the quality is crystal clear with no extra loading
VT360’s TruVoice™ program offers narration in any language, including exotics. The preferred language can be selected by the end-user on the start of the tour. The narration waits for the image to load and then syncs for a smart playback, narrating the visual that the end-user is viewing.
“We estimate this new product will make many of the older tours seem lifeless. The increase in global viewership will make this add-on product a great enhancement. In addition, this new product, with voice, will be distributed onto our network of thousands of travel sites,” said Stearns.
HOLDCOM President, Neil Fishman, added: “The HOLDCOM team has once again distinguished itself by being selected as VT360’s exclusive voice production partner. We share Brian’s vision regarding the potential of this robust, innovative media solution and look forward to contributing to its continued success.” Fishman invites you to experience a VT360 virtual tour with TruVoice™ at http://www.vt360.com/hyatt/flash/.