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We at 360 Cities are dedicated to getting people started with panoramic photography and virtual tours. The more people practicing this virtue there are, the better. Therefore we’ve created online resources to get you started. For information about using 360 Cities, browse our Help Center, ask questions in our Community Support Forum, leave questions below this article or contact us directly. Questions about panoramic photography in general can be asked and answered at Panoverflow, a site devoted to helping beginners and experts to get their questions answered.

One of the things that we believe will make life of pano photographers easier is the virtual tour hosting platform, which is a part of 360 Cities website. Virtual tours hosted there are not simple 360-degree interactive panoramas, but full-blown virtual tours, including graphical floor plans, hotspots and interactive transitions between panoramas. We call them Immersive Tour Widgets. The tour widgets can embedded into your or your client’s website to let you or your customer experience a hotel, restaurant, shop, office etc. through fully spherical, 360-degree panoramas. Take a look at an example video of how the virtual tours can look like:

(the video features imagery from a virtual tour of Intercontinental Tahiti Hotel Resort created by Gregory Panayotou)

The 360 Cities website allows its members to build such virtual tour using the Immersive Tour Builder. The tour builder is a hosted online solution, no download is necessary for your or for the viewers of the created virtual tours. After you upload panoramas to 360 Cities, it allows you to add a graphical floor plan, connect the panoramas with hotspots and then publish the preview of the finished tour to our website. After we receive a payment from you or your client (depending on the type of collaboration), and you can then embed the tour into your client’s website. This tutorial video will guide you through the process of creating a virtual tour.

To get started with the Immersive Tour Builder, you must have created a 360 Cities account,  be an approved author and you must have uploaded panoramas that you want to use for the virtual tour. If you’re stuck at any point, please let us know. We’re here to help you! Good luck, happy building and happy selling! :)

Centrum FotoSkoda, an established store for photographers and movie-makers and a cultural center in Czech Republic, just published an interactive virtual tour created using 360 Cities Immersive Tour Widget. It features 6 interactive floor plans and 19 panoramas and it was easily embedded into FotoSkoda website thanks to the 360 Cities Immersive Tour Widget technology using a single line of code. That meant less work for FotoSkoda because 360 Cities takes care of all hosting and technical implementation.

We are proud to host such an interesting virtual tour and we like the way it increases the quality of the FotoSkoda website for their visitors. Thank you FotoSkoda for choosing 360 Cities!

Click on the images below to explore the interactive virtual tour:

FotoSkoda Virtual Tour

FotoSkoda Virtual Tour (click the image to view interactive version)

FotoSkoda Virtual Tour

FotoSkoda Virtual Tour (click the image to view interactive version)

Visit our site to find out more about our Immersive Tour Widget product.

We’re pleased to announce that we recently began offering our Immersive Tours via graphic design studio lucidCircus, who is active on both the U.S. and European markets – press release.  We’re excited about the opportunity to have our Immersive Tours included in some of lucidCircus’s creative web projects.

lucidCircus and 360 Cities combine efforts

lucidCircus and 360 Cities combine efforts

If you are interested in partnering with 360 Cities, please read this and contact us.

Check out the recently completed immersive tour of the Noumea Hotels group in New Caledonia:   Noumea Hotels Tour

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Richard Chesher has done a remarkable job creating and selling this tour of five GLP resorts in New Caledonia.   Actually, it’s five tours in one.  Check out the over 40 panoramas and navigate your way around the hotels either by clicking on the arrows or on the floor plan of each hotel.  Nice job, Richard!

If you are looking for inspiration in an immersive tour, look no further:

InterContinental Tahiti

InterContinental Moorea

InterContinental Bora Bora Thalasso

InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana

These four magnificent tours were created by Gregory Panayoutou for InterContinental Resorts in French Polynesia.  Testimonial from appreciative client:

“Gregory Panayotou’s creativity and talent combined with the remarkable 360 cities immersive tools have allowed our four InterContinental Resorts in French Polynesia to really enhance our worldwide communication. We are extremely pleased to have our resorts displayed in the default layer of Google earth thanks to 360 cities immersive tour platform. All in all it is a great proposition that I highly recommend to any hotel wishing to communicate efficiently and in a fashionable way.”

Pierre Lesage

Regional Director of Sales & Marketing

Thanks to Greg for making this happen.

We at 360 Cities love to eat. We think our viewers and fans like to eat, too, and we’d love to offer them some beautiful 360 Cities Immersive Tours of restaurants to stimulate their appetites. Therefore, we are making the following delicious offer to our Immersive Tour Builder community:

During October and November 2009, Tour Builders may create one restaurant tour and embed it in the restaurant’s website for free.
(It’s up to you whether to charge for your photography)

- It’s OK to use your existing already published panoramas.

- Your restaurant tour must be created by November 30, 2009. This offer will not apply to any Immersive Tours created after this date.

- Your tour must be created according the rules

To get started: Full rules, example tours and more information