Leading Travel Publisher adds Hotel Visual Content Powered by VFM Leonardo to Hotel Pages
TORONTO, ON and HOBOKEN, NJ – August 23, 2010 – Bringing richness to travel research, VFM Leonardo
, leader in online visual content distribution for hotels and Frommer’s
®, the market leader in travel guides and a branded imprint of Wiley, announced a major partnership today. With the launch of the new embedded “VPowered” multimedia viewers in the hotel section on Frommers.com, consumers will experience richer and more complete visual experiences complete with images, videos and virtual tours of the hotels they are researching.
Under this agreement, Frommer’s is now a direct channel partner in the VNetwork™ - the largest online network for the global travel industry. VFM Leonardo hotel customers listed on Frommer’s can better merchandise their hotels with visual content in VFM Leonardo’s embedded multimedia viewer. Paired with Frommer’s editorial content, authoritative and innovative travel recommendations, the multimedia viewers provide travelers with a comprehensive, dynamic, multimedia experience that influences travelers’ decisions.
“We’re excited to be offering users richer visual experiences as they research hotels that meet their needs and expectations,” said Craig Schickler, Director of E-Business Development at Wiley. “VFM Leonardo’s multimedia viewer coupled with Frommer’s expert travel advice makes for a powerful trip-planning tool for travelers around the globe.”
“With Frommer’s as part of the VNetwork, we are giving hotels that invest in online merchandising the opportunity to inform, engage, and inspire travelers as they plan their trips,” said Paolo Boni, President and CEO, VFM Leonardo. “Within a month, Frommer’s became one of our top ten partners rivaling popular OTAs in terms of monthly media views. We’re excited that this partnership will allow travelers to benefit from extensive, rich content.”
Hotels that wish to enhance their presence on Frommers.com with video and virtual tours can do so through VFM Leonardo’s VBrochure. Contact VFM Leonardo
The market leader in travel content, Frommer’s offers content for every type of traveler in all types of media. Frommer’s publishes 350 guides and sells 2.5 million guides annually. Frommers.com is a trusted resource with advice on deals, information on 3,500 destinations and active message boards. Frommer’s is a registered trademark of Arthur Frommer. Frommer’s is a branded imprint of Wiley.
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About VFM Leonardo
VFM Leonardo is a technology leader in online visual content management and syndication for the hotel industry. VFM Leonardo's VScape®
products leverage the syndication capabilities of the VNetwork™
, the most universally accepted and largest online visual content syndication network for the global travel industry. VFM Leonardo offers the most effective digital asset management and online merchandising systems available today with over 1,000,000 visual images (photos, virtual tours and videos) for 90,000 hotels worldwide currently in distribution across the VNetwork. All four global distribution systems (GDSs) - Amadeus, Galileo, Sabre, Worldspan - as well as Pegasus source hotel visual content through VScape. Tens of thousands of travel-related channels including online travel agencies, travel research and supplier web sites, search portals; Travelocity, Orbitz, Priceline, Tripadvisor, Yahoo! Travel, Kayak, Google and more also source visual content through VScape. For more information about VFM Leonardo, visit www.vfmleonardo.com
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Julie Vieth, VFM Leonardo Inc.