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Hotel World Map Hotel World Map lets you search and book 60.000 hotels worldwide on an interactive Google Map. From charminging hotels on the Spanish coast to business hotel close to the conference centres. 
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Registered2006-09-09 
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19-april-2007

Hotel World Map is for sale.

Hotel World Map is a geo-visual search engine for hotels. It lets you search and book 60.000 hotels worldwide on an interactive Google Map. It's the easiest, most intuitive way to find a hotel on the globe. And it's already generating revenue. The secure booking engine is powered by Hotels.com, the world's leading travel portal.

Hotel World map let's you type in a city or place on the globe and it will show you a fullscreen map with all the hotels in that area. Because it's based on Google Maps, it let's you zoom, pan, switch to satellite views and so on. It will also show you points of interest in the area. You can see the relative distance of hotels to airports, theatres, museums, railway stations, convention centers, etc. You can also search by landmark.

We created Hotel World Map out of frustration with the existing travel portals. There's no way you can find a hotel in a remote area of some country using Orbitz or Expedia. For example, try finding a hotel in the North-West of Spain near the beach, using text search on Expedia. Or a cheap place in Sicily, next to the harbour where the boats leave.

HotelWorldMap is a project of Makayama Media B.V. (www.makayama.com). Our main business is mobile software development. After a
strategic evaluation of our company's activities, we have decided that we would like to concentrate on the mobile business and say goodbye to the hotel project. We're
currently looking for a company that would like to acquire the assets.

Due to a lack of traffic development and promotion, HotelWorldMap has only generated 12,588 unique visitors since we launched last fall. However, those visitors generated 2680 US dollars in hotel sales. We have invested lots of time in building and optimising the website, but spent too little effort in generating more traffic to the site.

It's totally clear that more traffic will lead to more sales and that there's a big opportunity. The ARPU is now at 0,22 USD, so if someone is able to boost traffic to, for example, 10,000 daily visitors, you will see an estimated annual turnover of 780,000 USD and a profit of 39,000 USD. This is based on the current revenue stream of a 5% affiliate fee for every booking that is made through HotelWorldMap.

There are several ways to make this into a money-making machine:

1) Send more traffic to the site. Preferably by linking it to an existing site that has lots of visitors and sending qualified traffic to HotelWorldMap. Think tourism/travel site.
2) Increase the Google ranking. The site is not getting subtantial search engine traffic, because SEO is a time consuming task, which we haven't undertaken.
3) Increase the commission. Other travel organisations may give you a higher commission than the 5% we currently have.

The assets that you would be acquiring are:

- The Hotel World Map brandname, domainname and logo
- The full source code of the AJAX search engine
- All the hotel and POI data
- The existing hosting contract
- The existing partnership with IAN/Hotels.com
- Part of the offer is that we will bring you in
contact with the (outsourced) programmer who built HotelWorldMap, who
is one of the most talented, knowledgable coders on the
Google Maps API. He is in Eastern-Europe and can build
almost any new feature for just 15 USD per hour.

If you're interested, please contact me by mail
vincent [at] makayama.com

5-oct-2006
Added landmarks and points of interest to Hotel World Map. Now you can see the relative distance of hotels to airports, theatres, museums, railway stations, convention centers, etc. Landmarks are listed in a column and hovering your mouse over them reveals their location on the map (with a red arrow). You can also search by landmark.

4-sep-2006
I created Hotel World Map as a work in progress for a new hotel search/browse interface, and it was developed out of my own frustration with the existing travel portals.

There's no way you can find a hotel in a remote area of some country using Orbitz or Expedia. For example, try finding a hotel in the North-West of Spain near the beach, using text search on Expedia. Or a cheap place in Sicily, next to the harbour where the boats leave.

The big portals show you a cluttered interface, they try to sell you not just the hotel but also the flight and the car and they constantly push you toward certain offers and destinations where you don't wanna go.

Hotel World Map is a more neutral browsing experience. It doesnít push you to certain offers and itís easier to find a hotel based on its location, say close to the beach, or near a venue because you can immediately see where it is. And switch to the satellite imagery.

Some features that I would like to add are Points of Interest (plot the tourist attractions, airports, conference centers, etc. on the map) so that itís easier to locate your hotel relative to those. And pricing for the hotels in the pop-up window. Youíll be seeing those enhancements very soon.

 


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