Sunday Herald Sun Escape Siteseeing - Site of the Month TEXT VERSION
Sunday Herald Sun | Escape | Siteseeing | Scott Podmore | October 8th, 2008 | It's the first Sunday of the month again, and Siteseeing digs deep into cyberspace to find a popular new travel website gathering momentum, a homepage for a homely B&B in Beechworth and more...
SITE OF THE MONTH - www.planbooktravel.com.au
THIS travel website is a star on the rise in the world of online travel. It has rapidly-growing list of members who enjoy interactive features and gives access to information about many Australian locations.
The strength of the content added to planbooktravel is that the down-to-earth, first-hand accounts are added by those who use the site.
Being loaded with user-generated content enhances the “trust factor” of members, who can read first-hand experiences rather than sift through PR-style accounts.
“planbooktravel is an emerging website for everyone to share knowledge and experiences on locations throughout Australia, “planbooktravel's Guy Fitter told Siteseeing.
“You can do this by adding a blog, articles or photos and interact with other planbooktravel members by posting comments and adding a rating.”
“Many sites allow users to review only accommodation and services, but planbooktravel encourages all content relating to destinations in Australia, from your favourite driving route to remote towns and villages.”
For planning your next holiday or weekend escape planbooktravel has a comprehensive “live” search, interactive atlas and local maps of Australia and region searches.
The site recently added a travel directory for each region to help browsers in their inquiries and bookings.
“Behind all the colourful pages lies and extensive publishing platform for members as well, so they can gain exposure for their own content and profile, link their articles to their own site/blog and resources, publish under their own copyright or choose from Creative Commons licenses,” Mr Fitter said.