Expedia Australia creates innovative mapplet on Google Maps with travel booking facilities and user-reviews

On April 02, 2008 at 01:00 PM

Have you ever booked a hotel only to find that it’s on the wrong side of town? Expedia.com.au has created a comprehensive “mapplet” in Google Maps, which is designed to help customers choose their hotel at their chosen destination. The mapplet, launching today and visible on http://maps.google.com.au will offer an interactive map, booking facilities for hotels and attractions, and independent user reviews. 

To use the mapplet, the user goes to the “My Maps” tab on Google Maps Australia at http://www.maps.google.com.au and selects Expedia Hotels & Attractions.

Once the mapplet is selected, the user chooses a destination. Red and blue pins overlay the map, representing hotels and attractions. By scrolling over the pins, the user can see ratings, reviews and information before booking

The mapplet, developed by Expedia Australia, offers users global access to Expedia’s extensive inventory of hotels and attractions across the world. Independent user-reviews are provided by Expedia’s partner, TripAdvisor, the largest travel community and publisher of real-time travel “guidebooks” in the world.                                          

Nicholas Chu, Director of Website and Product Development, said that it’s exciting for the Australian arm of Expedia to be at the forefront of new technology.

“We anticipate the mapplet will become an essential booking tool for accommodation and attractions online. It is a user-friendly tool which is easy to navigate and will save users a lot of time when researching and booking a holiday,” Mr Chu said.

Claire Hatton, Head of Travel at Google Australia said “We’re pleased to see that Expedia has made their extensive list of hotel and attractions easily discoverable through Google Maps. Australians love Google Maps’ ease of use and will find this mapplet very practical and user-friendly.”

The Expedia Australia mapplet is available at http://maps.google.com.au/  - click on Expedia Hotels & Attractions.

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