Virtual Tour of Houston

June 17, 2021 in Blog, Local SEO, Travel, Virtual Tours

Virtual Tour of Houston

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. If you are new, then welcome, I am excited to have you! If not, then welcome back– you already know the deal; we post weekly virtual tour content for small businesses.

This past month, I visited one of the most amazing cities in the United States. I would tell you to take a guess of which city, but we would be sitting here all night; so I will just tell you. I went to Houston, Texas!

Houston is so big, that it can go miles and miles out. Not only is Houston extremely huge, but the options of things to do and places to go are endless. So I thought, why don’t I just prove it to you by giving a Virtual Tour of Houston and I can just reminisce along the way? It is a win-win for both of us!

Houston is a perfect place to do some virtual tours since most of the spaces are big. Momentum 360 recently partnered with Marriott Marquis Houston and did an amazing virtual tour! Like come on, I am so tempted to jump in their gigantic Texas shaped pool.

Now, that was just a sneak peak of what you are about to see; but I think it is time to begin our Virtual Tour of Houston. I am about to show you the hot spots and the must see’s of this beautiful city. Here we go!

 

The Galleria Mall

I hope you have money, because we are going shopping! Ranking #7 in the biggest mall in America is the Galleria!

Virtual Tour of Houston

There are over 300 stores inside. It has almost every store you can think of! Personally, my hometown mall is ranked #3 of the biggest malls in the United States; but when I go inside the Galleria, it feels like they have way more stores.

When entering the mall, you are greeted by the valet parkers. Fancy! Too bad we did not drive.

Walking in, is the entrance of the second floor of the mall. You will notice how wide and spacious it is along with the amazing high glass ceiling that has a slight curve in the center of the Galleria. There are different stores along each side of the mall. On this floor level, you can find the majority of the luxury stores like Gucci (my favorite), Louis Vuitton, Versace, Hugo Boss, Balenciaga, YSL (another favorite) , and so much more!

Virtual Tour of Houston

Taking the escalator up to the third floor, there are even more stores! These ones are a little bit more affordable than the previous stores we have seen. Shopping establishments like Forever 21, Vans, Victoria Secret, Bath & Body Works, PacSun, and many others are located on this floor. Another interesting part of the third level of the Galleria is that there is a small section of small business boutiques to shop at! I absolutely love the fact how the boutiques are isolated from the mainstream stores so they can have their own recognition and have more of a focus on them. There are only a handful of small boutiques, but it looks like there are vacant spaces to open up more!

Oh, and one more cool feature about the third floor; there is a hotel connected! Yes, the Westin Hotel is attached to the mall too. There is an elevator that takes you from the third floor right to your room. Along the side, you can see patio’s of each hotel; that is a perfect place for people to watch! I’m shocked that this is even a thing… anyone can be like, “Be right back, I’m going to run downstairs to the Gucci store!”. Actual goals.

Going back down two levels, you would think this is called the “First Level” or the “First Floor”, but no. We are now standing on the “Rink Level”. Why is this called the rink level, you may ask? Well, take a look! There is a huge ice skating rink right in the center of the mall! Also, there are some shoe stores for all you sneakerheads, a travel shop that sells souvenirs, and of course– the food court. What is a mall without a food court?

The Galleria comes along with many restaurants; some for example:

  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Grand Lux Cafe
  • Chili’s
  • Del Frisco’s
  • Many more!

That is really it with the Galleria! I definitely recommend having a field day here. I needed two of them due to the size of it. I say we head to our next stop on our Virtual Tour of Houston… agree? Let’s go!

 

The Toyota Center

In the fine words of Houston native Beyoncé… London speed it up, Houston rock it! I welcome you to the notorious Toyota Center! This is the home of the NBA basketball team, the Houston Rockets. Luckily, during my time in Houston, I was able to attend a game (which they lost); but overall it was an amazing time. I would say let go see one right now, but unfortunately the Houston Rockets did not make the playoffs. Maybe next year!

The outside exterior of the Toyota Center is gorgeous and sits beautiful right in Downtown Houston. The building has a narrow square-round shape, with a perfect circle that sits on top. Right where the entrance is where the iconic Toyota Center logo with four tall flag poles waving over it.

Virtual Tour of Houston

As we walk inside, it looks like your typically home stadium entry; except this one is showing their Rocket pride. There are concession stands, sports gear stores, former and current players jerseys along the walls, and escalators/elevators to access the levels of the stadium.

Alright, this is what we all have been waiting to see; the Houston Rockets basketball court! Standing in the middle of the court, we are surrounded by rocket red stadium seats. In the middle, hanging from the roof is the giant jumbotron. There is the glossy wood detailing on the court floors along with red colors. In the middle of the floor is the famous team logo and along the side of the court are in big letters “Houston Rockets”; but most importantly, the basketball hoops! If you look way up high above the seats, that is club box seating; but I prefer the courtside. Just kidding, in my dreams. Catch me in the nosebleeds!

Virtual Tour of Houston

Get ready, because our last area that we will be looking at in the stadium, no one but exclusive people can access in here. This is the locker room for the Houston Rockets basketball players! So yeah, you are probably stepping in some of the players’ sweat right now. It is gross if you think about it, but exciting to know. Walking in, the ceiling is a white dome shape. Along the walls, each player has their own dark chestnut colored section to hang up their jerseys and put their personal stuff away. Above each player’s section has a tv screen of their name, picture and stats. Looking down at the ground is all velvet black flooring with the large iconic Houston Rockets logo in red. Of course there are showers in here; but I think we are getting a little too personal just by being in here as it is.

Not only are basketball games held at the Toyota Stadium. Many musicians come here to perform live shows also. It is pretty amazing when you can transform a basketball court to a stage!

That was a great time checking out the Toyota Stadium, but the game is not over yet. Off to the next stop of our Virtual Tour of Houston.

 

Lakewood Church

During my visit in Houston, I was in an uber on my way to the Galleria; I passed by this huge building that had the words “Lakewood Church” in front of it. I searched up on Google more information about it, and little did I know, it was Pastor Joel Osteen’s megachurch! Unfortunately, I did not attend any services when I was there since I noticed it was my last day in Houston; so I thought, how about we all go together now?

With a $95 million renovation cost of the entire megachurch, the outside architecture looks very modern and structured well, along with bright green grass in front of the building. Also, it has a perfect background of downtown Houston right behind.

Virtual Tour of Houston

Heading inside, we enter the lobby area. Right in front of us are huge and wide all white stairs. It can get very crowded inside– so maybe having stairs like these is worth it! Also, right beside the stairs are escalators; maybe I will take them up since I am feeling lazy.

On the upper level is the Lakewood Bookstore. It is an area of the church where attendees can check out some interesting books. It looks like your typical bookstore, with a variety of books around the room and a cashier stand in the front.

Alright, the moment of truth, the room where all the praising happens. This megachurch is enormous; but you know what they say– everything is bigger in Texas. The megachurch is an oval-shaped room that is newly renovated which can now hold over 16,000 seats.

Looking up at the ceiling are all the production lights that have blue squares designs covering them on top.

All the way in front of the megachurch is the main stage. This has to be the most beautiful part. There is an elevated surface in the back where the band plays, Joel Osteen’s preaching platform, and right in front are just a couple stairs that lead up to there. One each side has more seating that is placed in a curved way; and not to forget, the giant screens for the people who cannot see the main stage as well.

Virtual Tour of Houston

Alright, that was amazing! I don’t know about you, but I never see megachurches often. Actually, I never see them at all. That was a first for me! I think it is time for us to go to our last stop of our Virtual Tour of Houston. Can you think where we are going? Let’s just say… we can swim on over and find out.

 

Downtown Aquarium

Welcome to the Downtown Aquarium in Houston! The outside of the aquarium gives a beautiful blue and gray tropical theme with palm trees surrounding the building.

Virtual Tour of Houston

Walking inside the entrance you will see more palm trees, a box office along the wall, and an amazing fountain with two giant swordfish statues in the middle of it. Some of the walls of the aquarium are a red-orange color that has a rocky texture.

The exhibits that are included in the Downtown Aquarium are:

  • Texas Bayou– You can look at some bullfrogs, alligators, turtles, and more to see in this exhibit!
  • Rainforest– Here you can see dangerous fish like piranhas and stingrays. Also included are boa’s, frogs, and some birds.
  • Shipwreck– You can find living coral reefs, clownfish, tangs, groupers, and more here in this exitibit.
  • Discovery Zone– This exitibit, you can be more hands on. There are bearded dragons, snakes, and many more fish you can find here!
  • Sunken Temple– There are lionfish, tarantulas, pufferfish here. Also, including an electric eel and a Tiger Reticulated Python that is over 20 feet long.
  • Underwater Rig– Here you can find more interesting kinds of fish. There are snappers, redfish and much more!
  • Stingray Reef– Of course you are going to see some amazing stingrays here! What makes it even better is that you can touch and feed them–how awesome is that?
  • Tiger’s of the Maharaja’s Temple– You can see some amazing tigers here!

What an amazing aquarium. I cannot even choose which exhibit I like the best, they are all so great! This is a beautiful aquarium to go to. There is so much to check out, and if you feel a little hungry, you can go to one of the concession stands to grab a bite to eat.

 

Final Words

Wow, what a tour that was. Thank you so much for coming along this fascinating Virtual Tour of Houston! I hope that gave you a little insight of what Houston is like; but of course, there is so much more to experience when in this amazing city.

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White House Virtual Tours

June 14, 2021 in Blog, Local SEO, Virtual Tours

White House Virtual Tour

Hey there! Thanks for coming back to join us on another virtual tour! This week’s virtual tour location is extremely exciting; given the fact you would normally need special top level security clearance to get inside access.

Welcome to the White House Virtual Tour! Located in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC is one of the most prestigious homes in the country – The White House. It is not only the home to the President of the United States, but it is also their office and where they would have to make some very important decisions.

Needless to say, the place is huge! The White House is split up into three sections, The East Wing, The Residence, and The West Wing. That is how we are going to split up this virtual tour of the White House. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s jump right into it!

The East Wing

As we enter the Visitor’s Entrance of the East Wing we walk into the Lobby. The rooms on this floor are mainly for visitors and aren’t too exciting in my opinion – but if you go up the stairs you will see the offices for the First Lady and her staff. If she’s not too busy, maybe she might pop out of her office and say hey!

Ahead of the Lobby we have the Garden Room, which goes into the East Colonnade. The East Colonnade is pretty much the hallway connecting the East Wing to the Residence. But don’t go too fast!

Check out that door around the corner on your right-hand side. That is the Family Theater where the President and his family come to watch movies and unwind, but it also serves as a nice private area where the President practices speeches for upcoming events.

White House Virtual Tour

Wait outside the Family Theater in the visitor’s foyer before we step into our next stop of the White House Virtual Tour, the Residence.

 

 

The Residence

From the East Wing, we enter right into the Center Hall on the ground floor of the Residence. Right now, there are two floors below us that make up of storage rooms and mechanical rooms (boring if you ask me) and there are three floors above us, which we will get to.

On our left, the first two rooms, the Vermeil Room and the China Room are storage rooms, but for some very, very fancy items. Across the hall from here is the library. It would be cool to see what our President is reading these days and what’s around from past presidents. I’m sure there are some awesome reads in there.

The next room on the left I think is really cool. This is the Diplomatic Reception Room. This is where foreign ambassadors enter the White House. Were the massive paintings on the wall the first thing you noticed too? I think that is what makes this room stand out compared to other rooms in the White House.

White House Virtual Tour

The door at the end of this room goes outside to the South Portico. Ahead of that is the South Lawn, which serves as a landing pad for Marine One, the President’s helicopter. I’d bet that Presidents enter the White House from the South Portico way more than they enter from the North Portico using the driveway. I can’t imagine how mad the landscapers get when they see the helicopter mess up their lawn! Okay, back inside we go.

Back in the Center Hall, if we keep going straight, we will go right into the West Wing, but before we do that, let’s see some more of the Residence.

Before we go upstairs, take a quick look at the end of the hall on the right to see the kitchen where all of the President’s meals are made by some of the best chefs in the world! The State Dining Room is right above us for the chef’s convenience. Now, let’s head upstairs.

At the top of the staircase, we enter the Cross Hall. The Entrance Hall is that area right in front of us behind those big columns, and that is the front door to the White House! If we were to go out there, we would walk into the North Portico where the front driveway is located (driveway in front, landing pad in back, the President has it all!).

First, let’s look into the East Room. This room is the largest room in the house and is used to host large events and gatherings. As you can see the three beautiful chandeliers hung from the 22 feet high ceiling makes the room look so elegant. Back in the hallway to our left are the Green Room, Blue Room, and Red Room which are all formal gathering and receiving rooms. As you can tell, the rooms are colored that way as well. The Blue Room is one of the four oval shaped rooms in the White House, the others being the Diplomatic Reception Room, the Yellow Oval Room, and the Oval Office.

At the end of the Cross Hall, we have the State Dining Room where only fancy dinners are served. As you can see it looks similar to the East Room, but it’s a little bit smaller and only has one chandelier hanging. The President and family normally eat in the smaller Family Dining Room which is to our left.

Now as we walk back to the Entrance Hall you will see the Grand Staircase which goes up to the second and third floors. Those floors are where the President and the First Family actually live. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get security clearance to show you guys his living quarters, I guess the President would like a little bit of privacy! Let’s go back down to the ground floor and we will head on over to the West Wing.

 

 

The West Wing

From the ground floor of the Residence, we head into the Palm Room of the West Wing. From here we can go two ways, either through the Press Corps Offices and Press Briefing Room, or we can stay outside and take the West Colonnade. The West Colonnade is the prettier way to go as we can see the Rose Garden on our left. The Rose Garden is a beautiful area right outside the Oval Office where the President will host press conferences and other events when the weather is nice.

We could keep going around the corner, but we will enter inside straight ahead so we can stop by the Cabinet Room. This room is where the President meets with his advisors (Anyone know the name of these advisors? Hint: It’s in the name of the room) and talk about some pretty important topics. Anyone notice how one of the brown leather chairs is a little bit taller than the rest? That’s the President’s seat and you better bet it’s off limits to anyone else. From the Cabinet Room let’s go out the south door and sneak past the President’s Secretary.

We are about to enter the Oval Office. Do you think we should knock first? As we enter one of the four doors to the Oval Office, it is cool to think about the people that have also been in here and the meetings that have taken place here. Some of the most influential people in the world have met with our President in this room.

White House Virtual Tour

Let’s exit the Oval Office and finish up this White House Virtual Tour at the bottom floor of the West Wing. There’s one room I’ve always wanted to see, the Situation Room. I always see it in action movies when the President has to make military decisions. Notice how this room is similar to the Cabinet Room, but it has televisions on all of the walls so the President can connect with others that are far away. From the Situation Room, the President can command the military and talk to other leaders anywhere in the world.

 

 

Closing Time

Now that was a fantastic virtual tour! I hope you enjoyed getting a peak into the White House as much as I did. It is so fascinating to me that there is so much history in this iconic house. The greatest leaders of the United States and some of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen have lived here. It is cool to think about!

Join us next time as we go one another awesome virtual tour! If you didn’t get enough, check out our other virtual tours right now!

3D Rendering Services

June 9, 2021 in Blog, Local SEO, Virtual Tours, Web Design

First off, let’s define the words 3D Rendering Services. These words stand for three-dimensional which represents something that has height, length, and width. Think of something which is solid in form and is tangible. There are different kinds of 3D. It could be a 3D printing image, a 3D model, 3D printing, or you might have watched and experienced a movie in 3D, right? It becomes more exciting to watch and more immersive in nature compared to the normal movie.

 

3D Rendering Services

3D Rendering Services

When we say 3D images, these are representations of objects which are more detailed. 3D models, on the other hand, are the representation of an image. 3D models are formed into objects capturing the fine details of the images and models.

In terms of 3D rendering services, this is the process where computer software is used to calculate various elements to form an image or succession of images. These elements include the lighting, reflections and shadows, the environment, texture, and other elements are calculated to form an image. Basically what we are trying to achieve is to adapt the likeness of a particular object. Rendering is the marriage between the artist’s creativity and the innovation of technology called softwares.

What are the factors involved in 3D rendering?

3D Rendering Services

3D Rendering Services

The first is a 3D model. This is important because the rendering will be based on this 3D model. Think of it as the skeletal structure of the 3D rendering process in three-dimensional form. The texture is another thing. This pertains to the appearance of the object or how an object would feel when touched. Going back to the earlier example where the 3D model being the skeletal structure, a texture is your skin attached to that structure. Texture helps to add more depth into the image making it look more realistic.

Lighting or the environment is the third factor. This is an important element as it helps highlight the shape of a certain material. This pertains to the atmosphere and background of the image of which you are planning to render. For someone who is not familiar with the term 3D, it might sound a bit confusing at first. To simplify what it means, think of having to draw a face. First, you sketch out the outlines of what you are trying to draw. Once that is done, you are simply adding more details to your drawing making it more real-like. You start putting in the details of the face, even adding those wrinkles and grey hair. This is the rendering part.

Now, there are different kinds of rendering, architectural is one. This involves the rendering of 3D structures for real estate companies, building developers, house owners, architects, and engineers. Some companies also specialize in 3D floor plans. These are images of the buildings showcasing the floor area of the whole structure. Have you tried going to an exhibition for house developers? They would usually have a miniature model of the houses being sold, try removing the roof part and you’ll see the floor area of the whole house.

Here in Momentum Virtual Tours, we do not only provide virtual tours for our clients but part of the services we offer include 3D rendering. You can always visit our website to get a quote for FREE! Pretty good, right? We have a team of seasoned experts who have been providing these service for years. We have provided 3D rendering service for our clients across a variety of sectors which include commercial and residential real estate, hotels and hospitality, automotive, beauty and spa, restaurants and retails, travel and tourism, automotive, schools, events, and a lot more.

Types of software used for 3D rendering

 

3D Rendering Services

3D Rendering Services

There are several types of software used for 3D rendering services, you can choose from any of them depending on your requirement. This software would enable you to insert 3D models for rendering which can later be exported for usage on websites and other media platforms. This software is designed to have tools for rendering, navigating, and controlling 3D environments. It also should have features where you can manipulate the lighting, and texture as well as the effects of the environment. Youtube is always a good place to help you get started with the tutorials.

3D Rendering Service Provider

 

3D Rendering Services

3D Rendering Services

Of course, we would want you to experience the kind of quality Momentum Virtual Tours can provide in 3D rendering services but we would not stop you from exploring other options. There are a couple of companies that provide 3D rendering services in the US and other parts of the world. Some of the companies you can check include Archello, which provides architectural rendering for clients. They specialize in residential landscapes, individual buildings, and housing. Archicgi, this company offers interior and exterior rendering of structures as well as architectural animation. Vrender, offers similar services offered by the two companies mentioned earlier. CAD and design is another service that they provide. In Asia, there are also several 3D rendering companies such as VSLB Inc. but focuses more on brands. Similar to VSLB, DANDIFY Design Studio provides rendering services for brands and product design. Their team makes visuals that look realistic for Amazon products. RealSpace, which is located in Vancouver, provides Architectural Rendering services and 3D animation. They include rendering for townhouses, highrise buildings, landscape rendering, product rendering, interior, and commercial rendering, and residential 3D rendering. In terms of floor plan rendering, companies such as Vizsource could be a great option. They are based in San Diego and are known as a 3D Rendering Services and Computer Generated Imagery Company. The company was built in 2006 and has served over 3,500 clients already.

If you are serious about learning more about 3D rendering services, there is software you can choose from. G2 provided a list of software which includes the following: 3ds Max Design, Maya, Keyshot, Cinema 4D, Substance Designer, Lumion, Modo, Direct 3D, Solidworks Visualize, Renderman, and Adobe Dimension. Some of this software is open source and free to use and some have a paid license which you need to purchase first.

 

 

3D Rendering Services

3D Rendering Services

Google Street View

June 6, 2021 in Blog, Local SEO

Google Street View

google street viewDid you experience driving around an area you are not familiar with? You’ve almost spent an hour getting lost still trying to find the address you are looking for? With Google Street View, it’s easier for you to navigate around streets plus it gives you an idea of what the place looks like. It saves you gas, time, and energy.

What is Google Street View?

Google Street View is integrated into Google Maps, an online mapping platform developed by Google. Google Street View offers its users the convenience of planning their route whether on foot, public transit, bicycle, or car. Streets are viewed in 3D, 360°panoramic perspective.

It is also integrated into Google Earth, another freeware application developed by Google, which provides a three-dimensional perspective of the earth using satellite images. This application, available on iOS, Android, and online, provides more real life images of streets worldwide.

Google launched Google Street View in 2007 in the United States and has received a favorable response since then. Over the years, it has expanded across several continents. The virtual reality panoramic images are stitched together providing a 3D perspective to its users. Google Street View is a collection of images taken by the Google car, individual contributors on foot, on the boat, and even under the water.

Google Street view is constantly undergoing innovation to further develop this technology. Since its inception, various features were added making it more convenient to use and more precise in the information it provides. These innovations include face blurring for privacy purposes; smart navigation, user contributorship, business interior via Google Street View; integration of artificial intelligence to make the images look sharper and in high resolutions, dog perspective panoramic shots, individual’s video contribution to Google Street View. Through various innovations, Google Street View was shifted from Adobe Flash into JavaScript programming to keep up with the additional features. These developments also meant that partnerships across some companies were formed. Google Street view formed a partnership with Aclima, a company dedicated to monitoring environmental changes.

The mapping technology such as Google Street View makes research more convenient and faster. Students and researchers studying geography, archaeology, or environmental studies have used these innovations in their research fieldworks.

Street View’s Backstage

google street viewThere are certain processes before an image can be added to the map. The first thing is the collection of data. This entails Google driving around the area or getting someone to walk around while a camera is mounted on his backpack. During data collection, there are several factors to be considered such as foot traffic, weather, and laws and regulations. The next step is to make sure that the images are aligned with the exact location on the map. This is where GPS comes in. The third step is to convert still images into interactive 360 photos. This is the part where photos are stitched together. And lastly, is the creation of a 3D model and making sure that you are shown the right image.

How extensive is the coverage of Google Street View?

According to an article published in CNET, Google Maps and Google Street View covered 10 million miles across 83 countries in 2017. This coverage has expanded extensively over the years. Not only streets are covered by Google Street View, but it also includes landmarks and well-known tourist attractions. But, there are still places that remain to be blurred out from the Google Map or Street View.

Keeping things Private

google street viewFaces of humans on Google Street View are automatically blurred out. But, in cases that you want your building or your business blurred out from Google Street View, you may do so. You just need to send a request to Google. If there are errors in the data upon looking into the Google Map and Google Street View, a person can raise the concern by sending feedback and suggesting an edit in the existing map.

You may also notice that there are still areas in Google Maps which are either blurred out or in low-resolution images. This is due to the sensitivity of the data, the government may have requested Google to blur out the military facility. If a company or a government has a large data set to share with Google and wants to make sure that it gets into the right hands, the Geo Data Upload tool can be utilized.

Google My Business

For business owners who want more visibility of their location, Google My Business (GMD) can be used. GMD was developed by Google to help business owners reach a wider audience. Some features include messaging, product description, and product inventory which are helpful tools for managing the customer-business relationship. You can also check out the Street view trusted program where you can hire professional photographers to take street view shots of your business. This is a great add-on for your business as Ipsos’s study showed that 44% of the time, maps are used by customers to search for a business.

How often does it get updated?

According to Ethan Russell, Google Product Manager, Google Maps are constantly updated. Images are kept up-to-date almost every second of every day. Sources of the new information could be coming satellite feeds, Google cars, and individual contributions. They are also constantly developing algorithms that can keep the data up to date and have a dedicated team whose primary work is to make sure that new data are fed into the system and old ones are moved or archived. Google is also using systems and machine learning libraries to keep up with a large amount of data they are receiving daily.

Equipment Used

google street viewThere is various equipment used to capture the photos which will be stitched together. Some of the equipment includes a street view camera, a Google Street View trike, snowmobile, a trolley, a mounted camera on the back of a street view trekker across terrains or city streets, and a street view car. Google is known to be creative and continuously eager to develop solutions to a problem. When they had to create a Street view for Faroe Island, a solar-powered camera was attached to sheep to help capture images. Thus, the term ‘Sheep View’ was born.

The right positioning of this equipment is integral to make sure that all angles are captured. In addition, there are countries wherein the height of cameras needs to be positioned precisely in conjunction with the privacy laws implemented in the country.

Apart from images captured by Google Team, individuals are also encouraged to make their contribution to Google Maps. After contributor’s images are screened and approved they are added to the list of photos for all the contributors. According to Google, users of maps add 200 million pieces of data every day.

 

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

June 2, 2021 in Blog, Local SEO, Virtual Tours

10 Top Picks for Virtual Hotel and Resort Tours

Have you been pushing out your plans for that most needed vacation due to the pandemic? Or, maybe, you’re just about to book a trip for holiday someplace awesome. Virtual tours are a perfect way to check not only how the place looks like but all the amenities included in your package.

What is a Hotel and Resort Virtual Tour?

This serves as a digital blueprint of the actual hotel and resort produced in 3D giving you a virtual first-person perspective of things. Virtual tours are great marketing tools to let the visitors experience the ‘look and feel’ of the location. The digital walkthrough allows would-be tourists to see the rooms and services offered. With these features, holiday takers can take note of places to rent, services to take and make sure that they are within their holiday budget.

There are several must visit tourist destinations offering cool virtual tour experience. Why not take a peak, first? See which one is the most attractive before booking your next flight.

  1. Maldives – The Sunny Side of Life

Have you been wanting to dip your toes on that clear blue ocean? Or walk across white fine sand while sipping a cold beer on a sunny morning. Perhaps you may want to experience a relaxing view of the sea while hearing the soft crashing of waves. How therapeutic that can be! Maldives has a lot to offer when you are after some needed rest and relaxation. But, before deciding whether to stay in a resort, hotel, guesthouse or island villas, experience a virtual tropical tour first.

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Image Source: Visitmaldives.com

Website: https://visitmaldives.com/en/360-tours

  1. Atlantis, The Palm

Inspired from the legend of Atlantis, this luxury hotel is a major attraction for businessmen, celebrities, socialites and people mostly within the ‘rich and famous’ circle. It is located within Palm Jumeirah, a huge man-made island built in the United Arab Emirates. There are several virtual tour providers where you can experience a visit to the Middle East and zoom into this luxurious tourist spot. Circle Studios feature include the little planet, toggle gallery, Google map, toggle gyroscope, full screen feature and toggle with audio.

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Image source: Circleonestudios website

Website: https://www.circleonestudios.com/360/Atlantis/

  1. Shangri-la Hotels and Restaurants

Are you planning for some staycation at a hotel? Or thinking of places to visit and a hotel to stay in? Check out Shangril-la’s website for a virtual tour experience across several destinations. Virtually visiting Shangri-la Hong Kong, Beijing, or China is possible. Take a tour inside and decide which is the best destination for you!

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Image Source: Shangri-la website

Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/vr/en/index.htm

  1. NH Hotel Group

Still undecided which place to visit? Why not visit all them virtually first. Yes, that’s one thing about virtual tours, you can visit a lot of places in one sitting. No sweat! With NH Hotel Group, you can virtually tour all their hotels across Spain, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Austria, The Netherlands, Amsterdam RAI, Switzerland and Slovakia. You can have a digital walkthrough from the entrance, to the reception, the lobby, rooms, dining and restaurant area, terrace, gyms and wellness, meetings and events. You could even see which buildings are beside the hotel.

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Image source: NH Hotels Website

Website: https://www.nh-hotels.com/highlights/virtual-tour

  1. Trident Hotels

Have you set foot in Asia? If you’re eyeing for India as your destination choice in Asia, check out Trident Hotels for a place to stay in. Take a virtual tour around their lobby, the bar, the swimming pool, deluxe garden view room, deluxe pool view room and even their herb garden. There are several hotels in different locations you can choose from. Trident Hotels are located in Agra, Bandra Kurla, Chennai, Jaipur, Gurgaon, Cochin, Mumbai, Udaipur and Bhubaneswar. If you’re happy with what you saw virtually then go ahead and book your Asian holiday.

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Image source: Trident by Photoweb

Website: http://trident.photowebasia.com/agra/index.html

  1. Park Plaza Hotel

Set your foot in London without leaving your home! Yes, no need to secure a visa to visit a hotel in the United Kingdom. Take the virtual tour and watch the incredible timelapse of the Westminster Bridge. Park Plaza Hotel’s website even offers a feature where you can watch the live video feed of Park Plaza Westminster Bridge. How cool is that! It’s like immersing yourself in the land of King’s and Queens from your sofa! With Park Plaza’s virtual tour, you can check the rooms and suites, its amenities and the views that come with it.

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Image Source: Park Plaza website

Website: https://www.parkplazawestminsterbridge.com/explore-hotel/room-with-a-view/

  1. Millennium Hotels and Resorts

Photoweb provides a coverage of 360 virtual tours of Millenium properties across several continents. Check out their website and take a tour around Millennium Hotel in Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, China, and the United States. Locations in the US include Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, New York, Colorado, and several branches of Millenium hotel.

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Image Source: Millennium by Photoweb

Website: http://millennium.photowebusa.com/shanghai/index.html

  1. Grand Copthrone Waterfront Hotel

 

Included in the Millennium collection, the family of hotels, are the Copthrone hotels. Take a look at the club lounge, kiwi lounge, the riverfront and waterfront ballroom through their digital walkthrough feature.

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Image Source: Millennium by Photoweb

Website: http://millennium.photowebusa.com/shanghai/index.html

  1. Le Franschoek Hotel and Spa

This stunning Dutch-style tourist spot is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. A breathtaking view awaits you as you take the virtual tour around its gorgeous surrounding and serene ambiance. Get a relaxing massage at Camelot spa, choose between body treatments, hydrotherapy and other spa experiences. Room choices also come with vineyard views. What more can you ask for?

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Image source: Lantern Works

Website: https://www.lefranschhoek.co.za/

  1. Pullman Brisbane King George Square Hotel

It’s time to visit the land down under – Australia. Their highly immersive virtual tour will give you a coverage of their KG bar, the lobby, the Pullman deluxe, Mercure superior, presidential ballrooms, grand windsor ballrooms, King George room, Oliver’s Room, Oliver’s Boardroom, and the Sixteen Antlers rooftop bar. From the rooftop bar, you can already see the gorgeous architectural landscape surrounding the hotel.

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Virtual Tours for Hotels and Resorts

Image source: Pullman Hotels and Resorts Website

Website: https://www.pullmanbrisbanekgs.com.au/virtual-tour-en.html

Whether you are after some tropical escape, a relaxing staycation or a travel experience across a different continent, virtual tours are great in coming up with a decision. This even comes handy when your holiday treat is on a tight budget. Virtual tours make planning for a holiday more convenient.

There are several companies offering tours exclusively for hotels and resorts. This includes companies such as VResorts, Photoweb, Invision Studio, OmniSight, Barnes Creative Studios, and Mass Interact. These companies provide immersive virtual tours of companies within the hospital industry. There are even those with sales and marketing tools integrated in their virtual tour platforms. As they say, gone are the days when still images are all it takes before you decide to take that next holiday flight. Interactive virtual tours for hotels and resorts are shaping the industry and more players are getting into the game. We will talk more on these on our upcoming blogs. Keep an eye!

Virtual Tours Service Providers

May 28, 2021 in Blog, Local SEO, Virtual Tours

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Have you already tried a virtual tour? If not, this is definitely something you must experience! Virtual tours are basically a simulation of a location, allowing you to see what the place looks like and what you can expect. The best part is that you do not actually have to leave your house. Virtual tours are the perfect medium to let you wonder and wander without spending money on transportation fares or wasting too much time in between transit.

To help you decide which company you should talk to about virtual tours, we have come up with a list of providers you can choose from.

  1. Momentum Virtual Tours

If you are looking to grow your business through engaging content marketing, call us right now. Momentum is a virtual tour provider with clients across 50 states and 7 countries. Whether you are a real estate owner, a real estate company or a businessman wanting to see your empire thrive, we can work together in creating highly immersive virtual walkthroughs. Call us right away and avail a free quote or a demo. When you’re happy and we hope you are, let’s schedule your virtual tour. We’ll arrange the shoot which can run for 60-120 minutes and you can get the final version in a day. Once the final cut is approved, you can then share it on your website or your Google my Business account. Included in the service we provide are: Matterport, Virtual Tours and Staging, Photography, Virtual Tour Live Video Chat, Aerial and Drone shots, 3D rendering and real estate virtual tours.

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Image Source: Momentum Website

Website: https://www.momentumvirtualtours.com/

Location: Market Street, Philadelphia

  1. Vtour Studios

This company specializes in real estate photography but they also offer 360° virtual tours for Open House events. In addition, they are also experts in taking high-quality aerial photographs. The company has been in business for more than a decade and offers their services for customers from Tampa up to Punta Gorda.

They have two price points for their 360° Open House Virtual tours. The 360° Open House Plus is priced at $300 per service. This includes a 24-hour turnaround time, more than 35 high-definition full frame photos in wide angle, an immersive 3D VR walk-through (10-12 VR scenes) and many more. Alternatively, their 360° Open House Pro is priced at $400 per service. The service coverage is almost the same with Plus. The only difference is that with Plus it includes 360° Open House Lite with VR while with Pro, it uses 360° Open House Pro with VR. Pro also has more VR scenes included, between 13-20.

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Image Source: VTour Studios

Website: https://vtourstudios.com/

Location: Sarasota, Florida

  1. Real Tour Vision – RTV, Inc

This company has been in business since 1999. It offers a selection of services such as floor plan virtual tours, still images photography, photo sessions, national photography services, Google street view virtual tours, virtual home staging, and creation of single property websites. They also provide products such as virtual tour software called Fusion, tour software for photographers, brokers and agents and hardware for panoramic photography.

Get in touch with their sales support agents whether you are looking for a virtual tour provider, wanting to start a virtual tour business or make a virtual tour yourself. If you want to dip your toes in creating virtual tours and see what their virtual tour software can offer, simply sign up for a free account.

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Image source: RTV website

Website: https://www.realtourvision.com/

Location: Traverse City, Michigan

  1. Virtually Anywhere

This company offers 360 virtual tour production for various industries which include the health sectors, manufacturing and industrial services, tourism and higher education. If you are looking for a virtual tour provider for trade events, you might want to check them out.

Virtually Anywhere boasts its BoothView 360, a virtual showroom for trade events. As Virtually Anywhere stated, their BoothView 360 will make your brand outshine its competitors. The BoothView 360 will give you an experience of being in a themed-based virtual showroom. How cool is that? The company also offers templated 3D virtual booths. This allows companies to use these templates to stay consistent with their brand logos. Their base tour cost is priced at $4,500. Some inclusions are eight 360° scenes, Google Analytics hosting and captioning.

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Image Source: Virtually Anywhere Website

Website: https://www.virtually-anywhere.com/

Location: Austin, Texas

  1. Pan 3Sixty

This virtual tour service provides not only high resolution 360° panoramic shots but also photograph retouching. If you are looking for a bespoke virtual tour provider, talk to them. Choose between three options when it comes to customized virtual tours depending on your requirement and budget. You can go with a simple, straight-forward, user friendly interface; a customized 360° virtual tour or the fully bespoke 360° virtual tour design.

This company also offers a virtual tour embedded on kiosks. You could make your exhibit even more interesting by adding some 360 virtual tours on these touch screen kiosks. This is also an excellent addition for those wanting to have a wider coverage on their museum tours. You can simply check out the virtual tours on the kiosk’s screen and decide which part of the museum you would spend most of your time.

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Image Source: Pan 3Sixty Website

Website: https://www.pan3sixty.co.uk/

Location: Hertfordshire. United Kingdom

  1. The Virtual Tour Company

Floor plan tours, 3D walkthroughs, virtual reality and 360° Photography, drones shots are just some of the services this provider in the United Kingdom offers. Immerse yourself in historic walkthroughs inside those classic English houses powered by Matterport software. This provider also specializes in providing real estate virtual tours. You can visit either the insides of a local hair and beauty shop, a farm cottage, a lakeside lodge or even a showroom in the United Kingdom.

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Image Source: The Virtual Tour Company Website

Website: https://www.thevirtualtourcompany.net/

Location: Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom

  1. Tour Vista

This is another virtual tour provider based in the United Kingdom. They have been in the industry for more than 10 years and won an impressive portfolio of clients. The services offered by this company include Google Street view, panoramic videos, and customized virtual tours.

They also cater to a wide range of clients such as Nestle, Ferrari, Yorkshire Dance, University of Stirling, Legs Africa, Henley Business Schools, and Clarendon Serviced Apartments to name a few. Their portfolio is not limited on car showrooms and venues but also offers a highly immersive virtual experience of car interiors.

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Image Source: TourVista Website

Website: https://tourvista.co.uk/

Location: Wigston Magna, United Kingdom

6. 3D Virtual Tour Real Estate Solutions

This provider of 360° photographic and video shots has a presence in 17 countries globally. The company prides itself with their 360° Digital Asset Management System. They are also making their mark in the virtual tour and virtual reality sector. Entrepreneur Magazine even showcased VPiX as America’s 214th Best Company. What a huge milestone for this enterprise.

Inside their 360° store you can find other cool items such as camera kits, VPiX 360° software and server. You could also hire a photographer if you are after those high-quality shots. When it comes to virtual tours, you may want to check their 3D flooring simulator where you can change the wall colors or scan over floor samples. They also have tours for college campuses, night clubs and entertainment venues, hotel and vacation houses and real estate property tours.

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Image source: VPiX Website

Website: https://www.vpix360.com/about-vpix.php

Location: Monument, Colorado

  1. Virtual Tour Co.

Are you looking for a virtual tour company based in Ireland? Check them out. Virtual Tour Co. specializes in property tours. To avail their service, you simply book a 3D virtual tour. Your date will be set in order to scan your property which will then be 3D scanned. It usually takes them around 3 days for the scanning. It could take longer depending on how big the area and how complex are the requirements. Once scanning is done, your 3D virtual tour is now ready to be shared online.

Some of the features they offer include teaser videos, Mattertags, highlight reels, virtual reality, measurement mode, dollhouse view and 360° outdoor view.

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Image Source: Virtual Tour Co.

Website: https://www.3dvirtualtour.ie/

Location: Dublin, Ireland

  1. 360 Virtual Tour

This UK-based provider has published around 1,250 virtual tours and taken over 9,000 360° images. Apart from being a licensed aerial drone company, they are also a Matterport 3D Services provider, a provider of digital land surveying and produces photography for commercial usage. Their cliente also varies across different industries such as education, manufacturing, car showrooms, and real estates.

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Image Source: 360 Virtual Tour Website

Website: https://www.360virtualtour.co/

Location: London, United Kingdom

  1. Exsight 360 Virtual Tours

This virtual tour provider is based in Asia. This company was established in 2008, during the time where virtual tours were not a big thing yet. Over the years, Exsight was able to make its mark in the Philippines virtual tour industry and has won top clients as well. Their services offered include aerial 360 virtual tours, 3D rendered 360 virtual tours, car interior 360 virtual tours, rendering for automotive vehicles, 360 degree product photography, drone cinematography, virtual tour programming, oculus go and virtual reality headset rental and even offline 360 virtual tours.

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Virtual Tours Service Providers

Image Source: Exsight Virtual Tours Website

Website: https://exsight360.com/

Location: Taguig, Philippines