July 11, 2008
PlanetEye Launches First One-Stop Travel Destination Site
Today, client PlanetEye launched an innovative online travel planning site that allows users to organize and schedule their travel planning needs under one roof.
Planning a trip can be extremely time consuming, involving visits to dozens of sites and sifting through hundreds of search results before you finalize all the pieces together for your trip. PlanetEye’s goal is to put an end to the frustrating and time-consuming process people suffer when planning their trip online.
The site features a powerful and easy-to-use planning tool, rich geotagged photographs and leading edge mapping technology. They also have extensive travel content from a team of in-house writers and external professional sources.
Industry analyst Rob Enderle who had a chance to get an early preview of the site said that it’s the most advanced travel planning tool he has ever seen.
At the core of PlanetEye’s travel planning service is the Travel Pack that lets travelers “clip” the interesting photographs, attractions, hotels and restaurants discovered on PlanetEye when they are planning a trip or simply putting together travel ideas. Users can look at their Travel Packs as a list or on a personalized map.
It’s easy to introduce local flavor into your Travel Pack by adding PlanetEye’s top-rated selections on where to stay, what to do and where to eat. As well, PlanetEye provides valuable editorial content from a list of “Trusted Sources” to enhance your planning process.
After returning from a trip, you can upload photos to your Travel Packs, rate the places where you stayed, dined and toured, and then share your Travel Pack with friends, family and other travelers. (or opt to keep them private)
Once you’ve created your Travel Pack, you can also book your flight and hotel and car rentals through Travelocity.com. You can also easily make restaurant reservations (OpenTable), buy tickets to events and attractions (StubHub), book a spa appointment (WaySpa) and more.
PlanetEye plans to add more partners in the coming months to make the travel planning experience more comprehensive and even easier.
An integral part of PlanetEye’s technology comes from Microsoft Research: World Wide Media eXchange (WWMX). Microsoft contributed the technology to PlanetEye as part of their IP Ventures Group.
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