MountVacation.com becomes a Web 2.0 generation website
February 12, 2009 – At the beginning of the month, the internet mountain vacation booking platform MountVacation.com has launched new features that makes it a truly Web 2.0 generation website.
MountVacation.com offers more than 40 000 mountain accommodation options (apartments, chalets, refuges, huts and hotel rooms) in ski resorts of eight European countries. About 400 ski resorts are listed on the site, among which are the prestigious French resorts of Tignes, Alpe d’Huez, La Plagne and Chamonix, but also the Swiss Saint Moritz and the Austrian Sölden. With a user-friendly yet very complete search box, shoppers can quickly view the offer for a specific type of accommodation, in a definite price range, in a precise resort and for any given date.
What’s new with Web 2.0? Now, users can post reviews of all accommodations (about services, cleanliness, comfort, etc.) and ski resorts (general maintenance, events, après-ski, etc.) presented on MountVacation.com. They can also post pictures of their last vacation spent in any given resort or accommodation, as long as it is already listed on the website.
The democratic aspect of websites of the Web 2.0 generation puts companies and individuals on equal grounds when it comes to information distribution. Dejan Romih, CEO of MountVacation.com, explains how his decision to embrace this new approach to the web will benefit skiers: “The Web 2.0 approach serves end-customers because it allows them to easily make informed decisions. They get all fact and figures about destinations, and also impressions and real life experiences from fellow mountain vacationers, and all that on a single website.”
Shoppers can read the reviews left by other alpine holidaymakers and find out if the given destination /accommodation is really what they are looking for. And if shoppers do not find the information they need on the MountVacation.com site, they can always refer themselves to the MountVacation.com’s. Facebook fan page and ask a question on one of its forums. For the company, being from the Web 2.0 generation also means taking a step back and letting customers speak out and to each other.
The Our Community page of the website also plays an integral part in MountVacation.com’s evolution to Web 2.0. On it, habitués will find new contests or competitions each time they visit, allowing to win ski/snowboard equipment, passes and even week-long trips! A series of educational short clips entitled 12 Steps to Ski like a Pro is also presented, with weekly releases. “Those elements all represent added value to the booking platform, and I believe it makes MountVacation.com truly different form its competitors” says Dušan Gustin, product manager
Part of OBS d.o.o., MountVacation.com is among the first, and one of the few, mountain resort online catalogue and booking system. Founded in November 2007, the company has won many awards, among which are the Best Business Plan 2007 Competition organized by the main business institutions of Ljubljana, Slovenia, where the company’s offices are located, and the Best Business Idea competition organized by the newspaper Finance. It is also one of the promising start-up companies that have received investments from the Business Angels of Slovenia.