Last updated: 12:33 PM ET, Mon March 16 2015

Vidtur Re-Launches, Giving Travelers a Virtual World Tour

Destination & Tourism | Ryan Rudnansky | March 16, 2015

Vidtur Re-Launches, Giving Travelers a Virtual World Tour

PHOTO: Major tourist destinations such as San Francisco are highlighted in Vidtur's video guides.

It’s a visual world these days.

One travel company is taking this to heart., a video-based destinations guide, re-launched on Friday. After beta tests, the website debuts with more than 700 videos covering 30 major destinations in North America, Europe and Asia. The videos not only work as general guides to major destinations, but there are also videos centered on attractions, tours, nightlife, traveling with kids, shopping, special holidays, budget tips and more for each destination.

This naturally takes the pain out of scanning the Internet and YouTube for decent high-quality videos of a tourism hotspot.

Udi Shapira, the founder of Vidtur, comes from a video background. He developed video content as the creator of Ginx TV, an international, multilingual video game cable and satellite channel.

While planning a trip to Lisbon recently, Shapira realized what a pain it can be to find decent video guides for destinations.

“I was planning a visit in Lisbon, Portugal and was amazed to see that I could not find any professional videos with tips on how to plan my holiday,” Shapira said, via a release. “Coming from a video background, it seemed so strange. This gave me the idea to create a one-stop video destination for world travelers.”

Vidtur also includes Top 10 lists from local tour guides in some cities, such as San Francisco. Top 10 lists range from the best attractions in the city to the top movie sites to must-do day trips.

Some major demographics that are shaping the travel industry, including millennials, have been found to prefer visual experiences, from planning travel to the journey itself. In that regard, Vidtur makes sense and could become popular among travelers who want to get more of a feel of a destination, beyond text-based descriptions.

Vidtur is available in English and French and will soon be available in Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin and Portuguese.


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