HotelView to Reach More
Professionals through New Agreement with PositiveSpace
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (April 22, 1999) - Furthering its goal to provide travel agents with
an indispensable online resource, HotelView and its full-motion hotel video tours now can be
accessed through PositiveSpace at http://www.positivespace.com.
HotelView, a wholly owned subsidiary of Visual Data Corporation (Nasdaq: VDAT), produces
high-quality hotel video tours for the Internet and as sales tools for lodging establishments. The
two- to four-minute video tours can be accessed from HotelView's member hotel sites, the HotelView
site at http://www.hotelview.com, or through a distribution
network of more than 650 travel, leisure and business web links including PositiveSpace.
"Imagine being able to watch a short video and find out everything you need know about a
hotel property in less than four minutes from your computer, or while your client waits," said
David Chestler, general manager for HotelView.
"Nearly 55,000 travel professionals and consumers each month are accessing HotelView before they book a room. With the addition of PostiveSpace to our expansive distribution network, our hotel clients can expect even greater results from travel agents who incorporate Internet research into their sales pitch."
PositiveSpace.com is a complete, travel agent-focused web site relied upon by more than 4,000 registered members. PositiveSpace provides a variety of valuable services including daily travel-related email news alerts, on-hand travel industry experts to answer member questions and PS Connections, a bi-monthly travel industry newsletter. PositiveSpace also provides in-depth information on travel industry suppliers, trade associations, industry statistics, technology vendors, educational resources and much more. PositiveSpace draws hundreds of viewers per day from all over the world.
"We're pleased to be able to offer HotelView's extensive video collection to our travel agents members," said Greg Merkley, president of Travel Technology & Magic, parent company of PositiveSpace. "It helps us achieve our goal of providing online resources that help travel agents do their jobs more effectively."
Travel agents are reporting that HotelView is a useful tool to help close sales and to ensure customer satisfaction with their lodging selection. In addition to PositiveSpace, HotelView has been endorsed by ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) and has been incorporated into Carlson Wagonlit's internal network system. To date, more than 550 travel agents are listed on HotelView's free "Find An Agent" directory.
"To be able to view hotels and do a video tour of the property from our desktop, is a fantastic addition to our resources! Whether I am renewing my impression of a hotel I have not seen in a while, or researching a property that I am unfamiliar with, HotelView has brought a whole new dimension to our screens," said Jan Hammond, CTC, Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Miami. "I love this great Internet product now available on the Carlson web site and on ASTAnet."
"HotelView is one of those wonderfully surprising tools that absolutely can blow away a client when you say 'Here, let me show you a video of the hotel I'm recommending to you'. It can help qualify a client
it sells a client as nothing else does," says Norm Andersen, president, Andersen Travel/American Express, Holliston, Mass.
Travel Technology & Magic, based in Evanston, Ill., was founded in 1994. In addition to owning and operating the PositiveSpace Web site, it provides on-line consulting and marketing services, plus on-line connectivity products and software development services to clients in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about PositiveSpace or Travel Technology & Magic, agents can call 847/869-1568, fax to 847/869-1583 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visual Data Corporation is a multi-media content producer, marketer and distributor of advertising products and consumer based portfolio libraries for use on the Internet and eventually, Interactive Television. HotelView Corporation, a subsidiary of Visual Data Corporation, combines Visual Data's digital media technology and superior travel-related distribution network to promote and advertise hotels via sight, sound and motion at a fraction of the cost of traditional media. The video tour is accessed through the hotel's own web site using either existing footage, or new footage produced in-house by HotelView that is available for use by the hotel's sales force.
For more information, contact David Chestler at HotelView at 954/917-6655 or toll-free 800/468-8139.
Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In particular, statements contained herein regarding expectations with respect to future sales and management's options based upon facts currently known to the company are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of Visual Data Corporation, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from anticipated results, performance or achievements. Factors that might affect such forward looking statements include, among others, overall economic and business conditions, the demand for services and products, competitive factors in the industries in which Visual Data Corporation competes and regulatory approvals.