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We’re very pleased to announce our new distribution partnership with Expedia.com. Since 1999, RTV has been providing professional hotel photography and virtual tour services to hotels, resorts and other hospitality clients. We are honored to have been selected as a preferred distribution partner for Expedia, one of the world’s top online travel services.

With several thousand virtual hotel tours in our catalog, and a network of more than 1,000 professional virtual tour photographers around the world, RTV is equipped to provide rich media content for Expedia.com and their partner sites, which include Hotels.com, Hotwire.com, Egencia.com, Venere.com, eLong.com, LocalExpert.com, and more!

With this new distribution partnership, all RTV virtual tour providers will have the opportunity to offer this value-added service to their customers at NO ADDITIONAL COST.  Once our feed is connected, you will simply create an interactive virtual media presentation for your hotel and click “Send To Expedia” under the Syndication Menu.

The RTV virtual tour catalog will sync with Expedia’s once an month. Professional virtual tour photographers and members of the RTV community are encouraged to contact RTV for more details on this opportunity to gain a competitive edge over the busy summer months. As our marketing team develops new marketing materials, keep an eye out for exciting promotional assets that can be used when pitching hotel management companies, motels, hotels, and more.

Get Setup For Summer Photography Jobs:
We can’t send you photography jobs and virtual tour orders if you don’t have your Fusion virtual tour account setup! Setup your Fusion virtual tour system account now by visiting the following link: http://manage.realtourvision.com/trial.php

Be sure to select FULL SERVICE so we can get you setup in our Tour Track national accounts program.  With our growing number of hospitality contacts, we’re sending out thousands of jobs a year to professional photographers! 

RTV currently services Choice Hotels, La-Z-Boy, Barnes & Noble, KB Homes, Kindred Healthcare, American Hospice, Holiday Retirement, HomeAway, ForRent, and so many more!

If you’re a  professional photographer or a business owner shooting commercial venues, this strategic distribution partnership offers a huge advantage to you. Only a very few select virtual tour companies around the world get the opportunity to syndicate their rich media like this. We’re very proud to be able to offer this to you and your clients.

Finally, we’d like to extend our appreciation to all of our faithful RTV virtual tour providers who have made this new distribution partnership possible. Thanks to your dedication and devotion, we have been able to accrue thousands of hotel virtual tours to share with Expedia. Thank you all!

Have a wonderful day and be sure to check out some of our latest Fusion presentations in our virtual tour gallery: http://www.realtourvision.com/tourdemos.php

Sincerely,

Team RTV

PS. Join our rapidly growing facebook fan base: http://www.facebook.com/realtourvision

RTV, Inc
http://www.RealTourVision.com
866-947-8687

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The IMAGE photography talkshowThe photo stitching software that we recommend is PTGUI. It is both Mac & PC compatible and will stitch several different types of 360 panoramas including Cylindrical, Spherical, and Vertical pans.

When you are creating your virtual tour panoramas for your Fusion tours there are some things to keep in mind to make sure you have the best looking panoramas.

Join me, Ben Knorr, as I show you how to:

    Work with panoramas that have low detail

    Straighten your panoramas for the best results

    and…

    Mask your tripod out of the panorama

Join us TONIGHT – April 30, 2013 at 7pm Eastern for…IMAGE 44 – PTGUI Features and Tripod Masking.

REGISTER HERE- https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/508518162

See you there!

Ben Knorr
Virtual Tour Software & Professional Hotel Photography
Order a virtual tour: 866-947-8687

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Accents Virtual Tours / Peachtree City, GA Virtual Your Company

Let our professional virtual tour photographer manage your digital marketing and virtual tour needs.  Accents Virtual Tours, based out of Peachtree City, Georgia creates high resolution, HTML 5  virtual tours for real estate and businesses.  We also offer many other powerful property marketing tools and services that help local business owners as well as real estate agents market themselves online.

Please allow me to do introduce myself on behalf of  Accents Virtual Tours (AVT), Peachtree City Georgia.  My name is Brenda Stewart, founder of Accents Virtual Tours.  As a digital marketing company, we feature effective and value price marking solutions for your company needs.

We are dedicated to providing our clients with high quality, cost-effective products with an emphasis on customer service. Our Internet marketing includes full utilization of marketing, virtual tours, video tours, and the usage of our turbocharged media exposure engines to create visibility of our clients properties to prospects around the world by using the power of the Internet.

AVT specializes in online tours for real estate, healthcare, hospitality, and any owner of a local business large or small in Atlanta. Our services are just what you need to turn heads and make you look your very best online!  We keep our virtual tour technology on the cutting edge. Just look for yourself: Peachtree City Virtual Tours

We keep our virtual tour system updated daily and new features are released on a monthly basis! Our interactive 360 virtual tours are published online quickly, contain a wide variety of features sets, offer flexibility, private labeling of your brand, and are very competitively priced in the market.

Accents Virtual Tours (AVT) is a locally owned provider, located in Peachtree City, Georgia, suburb of Atlanta Georgia. In 2012,  AVT offers our services to throughout the Atlanta area.

Brenda Stewart
Accents Virtual Tours
http://www.accentsvirtualtours.com
Local- (678) 481-7274

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Tour Tank Productions

Since I didn’t have a clue on what or how to do any of this virtual tour ‘stuff’, I began the process of researching! CALLING ALL RTV VIRTUAL TOUR PROVIDERS – One of the first things I did believe it or not was call two provincially ‘local’ RTV providers.  Carolyn Noel, Owner of PanaPix Virtual Tours in Aurora Ontario and Andre Carriere, Owner of Virtual Tour Visions.

Carolyn gave me a half hour of her time on the phone and offered me invaluable advice on how to launch my virtual tour business.  The do’s and don’t s if you will.  I was so encouraged after getting of the Tele with her!

Andre invited me to his territory in the Muskoka’s and brought me to 3 real estate virtual tours!  One of them was a 2 million dollar cottage on a lake front.  He taught me about his shooting techniques, his photo editing process, and so much more on how to run a solid and very successful Virtual Tour Business!

You may be wondering what I learned from a half hour talk with Carolyn, and a day with Andre.. It would literally take me hours and hours to write it out. 

The lesson for this post is to encourage you find a couple of RTV virtual tour providers yourself, give them a call, and open the lines of communication.  It’s great to find out how much we have in common.

I came across Carolyn and Andre’s 360 tours and said to myself, ‘I want to model these guys’ and so I called them.

Mike Seiler
Owen Sound Virtual Tours
http://www.TourTank.ca
Order a Virtual Tour: 519-375-6585

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Charleston Virtual Tours Are Here!Like many people, I thought I was not cut out for sales because I wasn’t afraid of prospecting and was sure that if I ever did get an appointment, I would make a fool of myself.  He got me over my fear of prospecting by having me set appointments for him and tag along to learn.  After many appointments like this, we showed up one night to an appointment and he said, “I am staying in the car – you’re doing this one yourself.  Go get ‘em Tiger.”

I screamed, cried and cussed LOT but eventually I realized that he was standing his ground no matter how much I squalled so with much fear and trepidation, I dried my eyes and went in to the appointment and amazed myself by closing the sale!  I never forgot the feelings of that moment and actually told that story at a memorial service for him after he died several years later.

I felt the same emotions when I showed up for my first triathlon.  I was totally unprepared for the rush of fear and inadequacy as we pulled into the parking area on race day.  Here I was 80 pounds overweight, with my big heavy $300 hybrid bicycle totally surrounded by all these ultra fit athletes and their $3,000 triathlon bikes.  Like that night 10 years before, I began to cry.  My husband lovingly told me that if I really wanted to, we could leave but that he knew that I could do it and that I would regret it if I didn’t at least try.

I finished that race number 390 out of 400 participants but the key is that I finished and the man I love was at the finish line cheering me on.  I got the same t shirt as the person who won the race but I would be willing to be that I had a greater sense of accomplishment that day than that person did.  And perhaps most importantly, finishing something like that gave me the confidence to try again and now I am training for my first half marathon which will be six weeks from today.

I still get butterflies in my stomach when I sit down to make cold calls for our virtual tour business or before I go into make a presentation.  I also know that I will probably be just as scared the morning of the half marathon as I have ever been in my life.  Being good at something – whether it’s sales or sports – isn’t about not being afraid.  It’s about being afraid and doing it anyway.

Greg and Paige Mitts
Charleston Virtual Tours
http://www.VisionQuestVirtualTours.com
Order a Charleston, SC virtual tour: 404-863-9769

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