November 12, 2012
San Francisco, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2012)—As travel innovators gather in Phoenix for the annual PhoCusWright Conference and tomorrow’s Travel Innovation Summit, techies and travel enthusiasts will be watching intently to see which products and services emerge as “the next big thing” in the industry. In honor of innovators worldwide, the team at Viator.com, the leading resource for finding and booking more than 10,000 tours and activities, is highlighting a selection of tours that feature some very popular technologies as part of the experience.
”Since our founding in 1995, Viator has been developing technologies and tools like apps for iPhone and iPad, optimized mobile sites and translated websites to provide travelers worldwide with quick and reliable access to the best tours and activities anywhere they go,” said Ms. Barrie Seidenberg, president and CEO of Viator, Inc. and a judge for the Travel Innovation Summit. “To honor the theme of innovation, we are excited to be highlighting a selection of very cool tours that use familiar technologies to create unique travel experiences.”
Embrace Technology—Don’t Unplug from It—With These iPad-driven Tours
Those who spend all day tweeting, blogging, updating, posting and checking in won’t have to worry about unplugging from technology on these tours from Viator featuring personal iPads as part of the overall experience. On the Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm, participants can use iPads to view HD photos and videos and learn more about sea turtles, a Hawaiian temple, an active volcano and more. The Barcelona Gourmet Dinner on a Deluxe Glass Roof Bus includes iPads at every seat for guests to look up additional information on the city’s famed sights as they dine on a three-course meal designed by Michelin-starred Spanish chef Carles Gaig. Travelers to Singapore can search like a local with a third-generation iPad rental, loaded with nearly 70 apps featuring Singapore’s bustling culture, fantastic eats, insider tips and cool local spots.
GoCars and GPS Navigation Guides: The Cure for the Common Road Trip
On Viator’s GPS-Guided GoCar Tours, paper guidebooks (and stopping to ask for directions) are a thing of the past and instead a built-in GPS offers instructions and stories about sites and attractions along the way. In Barcelona, Lisbon, San Diego and San Francisco, these three-wheeled talking cars offer travelers the freedom to explore on their own schedule, with a selection of different itineraries and tour lengths. Those who prefer a more traditional sightseeing experience (and vehicle) while in Western Canada will enjoy Viator’s selection of self-guided driving tours with GPS navigation guides in Banff and Calgary with accompanying narrative. For a fun “retro meets modern” spin, Viator’s Self Guided Tour of San Francisco in a Classic VW Bug features a GPS loaded with 40 routes to popular landmarks as well as an HD video camera to capture the entire journey. And for those looking to stretch their legs while in Granada, Spain, the Independent Alhambra Night Tour with GPS Audio Guide lets travelers explore the UNESCO World Heritage palace at their leisure while learning about the lives of extravagant emirs and sultans.
For more tours and activities with a techie-twist, as well as the latest deals, promotions, contests and Viator news, travelers should visit www.viator.com and the Viator Travel Blog as well as Viator’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Viator® is the world’s leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to more than 10,000 tours, attractions and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries. Viator—the Latin word for traveler—offers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities via its Web and mobile platforms with resources such as more than 330,000 traveler reviews, ratings and photos, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator’s in-house travel experts hand-pick trusted local operators to ensure quality, value and service, all backed by a low-price guarantee. Viator sells its products through Viator.com, the Viator Tours and Activities App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the Viator Ultimate Experience Guide for iPad, the Viator Shore Excursions website, local language sites for European, Latin American and Asian markets and more than 2,000 affiliated sites that include major hotel chains and airlines, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Viator is a privately held company, with lead investment from The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Founded in 1995, Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.
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