One commented, “How cool is this! A site inspection without leaving the chair!”
The hotel’s six function rooms plus the pre-function lounge are all now available through Google Maps, allowing a more realistic appreciation of each of the spaces as the viewer can look in all directions exactly as they would if standing in the space.
Business Development Manager Julien Albrecht says while the ability to show 360˚ views of a scene is not new technology, using it as a room-space sales tool that can stand in for physically visiting a property appears to be relatively new for the MICE market, showcasing venues to potential clients.
“Judging by the reaction from PCOs when recently sent the InterContinental Wellington interactive floorplans, we’re guessing not a lot of hotels promote this feature. The plus is that clients can go through a site inspection without leaving their chair and get a feeling for the space, rather than making a call by seeing static pictures only.
“Time constraints and geographical distance means a lot of decisions have to be made by the event planner remotely, with the client unable to visit a space before the day of the event. Rather than seeing static pictures, taking a virtual tour around the floor can give the client the reassurance that this is the right fit for them.
“Plus, from the event organiser’s perspective, it’s an outstanding tool for enhancing the presentation process to their clients.”