Monthly Archives: January 2014

TOP GEAR racing track now available on Google Maps!

Ever wanted to race The Stig? How about doing it on the Top Gear track from the comfort of your home? Now you can. Just click on the photo and you will be racing UK’s tame racing driver on the infamous Top Gear track that you have been watching on TV all this while!

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See behind the scenes as The Stig takes on Google’s Street View car in this video. Kids, don’t try this at home!

Next time you’re watching Top Gear with your friends, you can tell them how much you know about the track!

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1st retail outlet in Tropicana City Mall signs up for Google Business Photos

See Inside - Hang Thai Watch

Hang Thai Watch is the first retail outlet in Tropicana City Mall to sign up for a Google virtual walkthrough. Get your business listed today and create a conversation with your customers on social media.

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1st restaurant in Mid Valley City to have Google virtual walkthrough

See Inside - Manmaru Homemade Udon


The first ever outlet of any kind in Mid Valley City to sign up for Google Business Photos is a cosy Japanese restaurant called Manmaru Homemade Udon. Click the photo above to visit their Google virtual tour.

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UAE Deputy PM launches Grand Mosque Google virtual tour

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Abu Dhabi: Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, inaugurated a 360-degree Google Street View imagery project creating a virtual tour enabling internet users to explore the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

The new guide, part of a Google initiative that aims to capture every famous landmark on earth to be viewed online, steps inside the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque and provides close-up views and minute details of the inside and outside.

In his remarks at the launch ceremony of the virtual tour, Shaikh Mansour praised the initiative for enabling internet users to view the structure of the world’s most beautiful mosques which represents a valuable addition to the Islamic and human cultures.

“Google Inc, as a global knowledge company and a major provider of tourism, cultural, intellectual and scientific information, plays an active role in building bridges for human and cultural communication between the world’s different cultures,” Shaikh Mansour said.

“This is also the mission set for Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque which seeks to promote cultural interaction between peoples of the world.”

Shaikh Mansour also noted that the mosque’s virtual tour gives any internet user worldwide the opportunity to taste the aesthetics of Islamic architecture.

In the operation carried out with the cooperation of the management of the mosque, a Google team captured imagery of the mosque using sophisticated equipment.

The virtual tour of Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque can be experienced by visiting this link here.

Mohammad Mourad, Regional Manager for the Mena region at Google, noted that the virtual tour is part of the internet company’s efforts to design a digital mirror of the real world as well as to provide users with a realistic experience of one of the most important landmarks of Abu Dhabi and the UAE.

Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque has the capacity for 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet.

The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers – 10 metres in diameter, 15 metres high and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque’s first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Shaikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.

In 2012 alone, the mosque attracted some 4.7 million visitors from across the world and took 13th place in Trip Advisor’s 2013 Travellers’ Choice Awards.


Creiff Hydro Hotel – Scotland’s biggest Google tour

Creiff Hydro Hotel - Google Walkthrough

Check out this absolutely beautiful indoor swimming pool at the Crieff Hydro Hotel in Scotland. Click the image above to be transported into the water and experience being there.


09 January 2014: Crieff Hydro Hotel has once again set a new standard for the Scottish hospitality industry by creating what’s believed to be the largest Google Business Photos virtual tour in Scotland.

Launched in the UK in September 2012, the interactive marketing tool from the global search giant uses Street View technology to allow potential guests finding them via Google Search, Google Maps, Google+, Facebook or its website to ‘walk in’ through the front door and take a tour 24/7. The tour takes guests into reception, through the Winter Gardens, to the restaurant, into the ballroom and the Victorian spa. It even allows guests to swim a length of the pool.

Drew Cunningham, the Dundee-based Google Trusted Photographer serving the Scottish Lowlands, whose Mr Droogle Google franchise created the tour, explains:
“When my marketing manager, Alan Morrison, showed me pictures of the Victorian Spa I thought it was a shame pictures shot from the side didn’t show the murals properly.” He then decided to take the camera and tripod into the pool to shoot the 360⁰ panoramics.

Commenting on the high-tech development, Crieff Hydro’s marketing manager (pre-stay) Sarah Nicolson said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for guests to explore Crieff Hydro before their visit. The quality of the tours is exceptional — it almost feels as if you are right here.”

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1st retail outlet in Paradigm Mall with Google Street View for businesses

The 1st ever retail outlet in Paradigm Mall to feature a Google Street View walkthrough is The Embershoppe! We are proud to showcase one of our favourite tobacco and coffee hangout joints who have signed up their outlet in Paradigm Mall, Kelana Jaya. If you are the type of person who likes to explore the tobacco world, you should pay a visit there. They have everything. They also have an outlet at The Curve.

Click here to see the Google virtual walkthrough.

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What are these people doing?

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Have you ever thought of a creative and out-of-the-box way to attract customers? This sport shop in France has come up with a very creative way to intrigue customers and attract attention to their shop. They signed up for Google Business Photos, but they went a step further, by having their staff pose in funny, comical positions to tell a story inside their virtual tour. Have a look here:

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To sign up for a Google Business Photos package, contact us today for a free consultation.

See Inside an Emirates Airbus A380 with Google Business Photos

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Want to see something cool? Check out this Google virtual walkthrough of an Airbus A380-800 belonging to the Emirates Airlines.

Contact us today to find out how you can showcase your space or business on Google maps with Google Business Photos, using Street View walkthroughs.

*Tip: Make sure you click the fullscreen button on the top-right for the best effect!

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Watch out travel sites – Google is coming!


It could be travel websites’ worst nightmare — Google moving into direct competition on their turf. This week the word is that Google is partnering with hotels so that people will be able to take a sneak peek at their hotel on Google.

One of the hotels who announced the partnership is Best Western International. It is going to have all 2,200 of its hotels in North America accessible on Google Business Photos. All of its hotels are going to feature online tours on Google by the end of next year.

Google Business Photos is a program that provides a 360-degree tour of a company’s facility that can be posted online.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which runs Radisson, Radission Blue and Country Inns and Suites, in December started a pilot program that features the service with its establishments in Miami, Washington D.C., and Chicago.

Google’s Business Photos feature has 360 degree tours that utilize the Google Street technology. Many businesses are using the feature, which was launched in 2010, but now more hotels are starting to use it.

Google Business Photos will allow the prospective customer to look at the hotel almost as if they were there. All of the images will be taken by Google-certified photographers. The pictures will be stitched into a 360 degree view with the latest panoramic technology. Travelers will be able to see the images when they do a search on Google Search, Google+,Google Maps and Google Hotel Finder. Also, they will be able to do these tours on PC, smartphone or tablet.

Having good photos to see is a very important part of what people rely on when deciding which hotel to use. While many hotels have used virtual tours in the past on their sites, the consistency of the offerings on Google will likely make the search giant the dominant provider of such services for hotels.

There is no doubt that this new feature is a dagger aimed at the heart of top travel websites, such as Orbitz and Travelocity. What could be even worse for them is that Google will give customers the ability to pay for their hotel with Google Wallet. Google users will have the ability to pay for their hotel on their smart phone with just a few clicks.

After they choose their hotel with Google Hotel Finder, the customers who are on smart phones will be able to click a “Buy with Google” icon, if they have a Google Wallet account.

Google, which has been also working on penalizing websites that use paid link networks, is likely going to see a good deal of increased revenue at the expense of hotel websites.