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Maps.com Releases Customized & Interactive Maps for Directory Web Sites

Santa Barbara, CA — [August 11, 2008] Maps.com, a leading provider of custom mapping solutions for Convention and Visitors' Bureaus since 1991, announces a new line of dynamic, interactive maps designed especially for CVB websites.

Maps.com has been providing a variety of print map services for CVBs, such as city maps and point-of-interest maps, all of which are completely customized to the clients' specifications. Now, Maps.com is also offering dynamic, interactive maps custom built for CVB websites, featuring the latest in mapping technologies.

"We have created interactive maps for other industries, and are pleased to now offer high-quality Internet solutions to our CVB clients," said Paul Chapman, Director of Sales for Maps.com's Custom Mapping Division. "According to a recent study by PhocusWright Travel, over 50 percent of travelers used the Internet to research and book their travel in 2008, and that number is only expected to grow in the coming years. CVBs are still recognized as the ultimate authority for finding travel or conference information for a given city, but with so much information available on the Internet for today's travelers to choose from, there is competition. By offering the latest in mapping technology and trip planning tools, such as driving directions and enhanced listings for attractions and local businesses, a CVB can ensure that its website is the one travelers will return to every time they make plans to visit that city."

Online Map features Include:
  • Listings of local businesses and points-of-interest that provide photos, store hours, menus, website links, and more
  • The option of viewing a regular street map, satellite views, or a hybrid map
  • Space for advertisements which the CVB can use to create new revenue from business partners, if so desired
  • Turn-by-turn driving directions
  • A user-friendly administrative tool that allows the CVB to make changes to its database of business listings if needed
  • A look and feel designed to blend smoothly with the CVB's website

A sample map can be viewed at: http://custom.maps.com/OnlineCVB.aspx