Website Brings Travelers Las Vegas in 3D

Starting today, travelers will be able to check out hotels, shops, casinos and thousands of other Las Vegas attractions by exploring the city online in 3D-and then book travel reservations with just a few clicks.

Honolulu-based 3D Travel, Inc. is the mastermind behind the new launch, which incorporates Google Earth technology into a unique travel booking website. allows visitors to zoom around Las Vegas, checking out the city from different angles on a virtual tour.

The travel agency has signed up several important hotels, such as all the resorts under the MGM Resorts International umbrella, that visitors can make reservations with directly on the site.

"I had the idea when Google Earth first went live," said Craig Carapelho, CEO of 3D Travel, Inc. "I thought it would be incredible to allow people to tour a destination virtually and be able to walk down the streets of a city, view hotels, activities and shopping centers in 3D and then book their travel."

"When Google released it's API plug-in and Google's 3D environment became web based, I finally had the opportunity to execute the vision," he continued.

The Las Vegas launch comes after the success of a similar website for Hawaii,, that went up last July. Carapelho said the website has seen "substantial increases" in traffic and that visitors tend to spend a lot of time on the website when compared with other travel industry sites.

"Las Vegas was a natural choice for our second site," said Carapelho. "[The website] offers an entirely new, immersive way of seeing what the city has to offer, allowing visitors to best design their Las Vegas experience."

"Plus, the city's creative architecture and the vibrant skyline of the Strip look incredible in 3D," he added.

The new Las Vegas website has a few upgrades from the company's first 3D travel portal, including more accurate street views, easier and speedier navigation and multiple language capabilities. New features also include an itinerary builder and a shopping cart, allowing travelers to save hotels and activities while clicking through the site. According to Carapelho, these upgrades will be applied to the 3D Hawaii website by February 2011.

Carapelho confirmed the company has plans to announce a new website for a third city early next year.

Photo courtesty of 3D Travel, Inc.

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