Panoramic Dreams
A new kind of travel guide that takes travellers to the heart of their future destinations

FRANÇAIS | DEUTSCH
 
A long story

The Pictorial Guides were born out of the cultural medium www.fusions.ch which gradually became oriented towards tourism, with an approach based largely on photography, a powerful promotional tool.

With the development of the mobile web came www.iswitzerland.net in 2010 and www.cyclades.mobi in 2014, online travel guides dedicated to Switzerland and the Cyclades, including detailed information, useful links, maps and countless photos.

After the introduction of Google Street View in 2007, the development of "double symmetrical fisheye" cameras since 2015 opened up new perspectives in tourism photography, which we started to evaluate in 2016.
An extraordinary potential

Our evaluation phase immediately showed the extraordinary potential of this type of photography thanks to the synergy with Google Maps and Street View, based exclusively on free services.

The immediate impact of our Switzerland panoramas (more than 1 million views in 2017), as well as our rapid endorsement as Google Street View Trusted Photographers, have convinced us to develop ambitious projects for tourism.

The 360° panoramas of our first major project, in the Cyclades archipelago, had over 13 million views in 2018, and as many in 2019. Then came the pandemic... and with the lockdown a lot of time to develop a new 100% panoramic travel guide.
An immersive traveller's guide

As Google Maps and Street View allow the integration of 360° panoramas into a website, we have developed www.pictorialguides.com on a brand new basis, relying on a selection of our most beautiful panoramas shot in Switzerland and Greece.

Each panorama is commentated, precisely located and linked to www.iswitzerland.net or www.cyclades.mobi, where the destination is presented in more detail, with contact information and links to the tourist office's website and to the Wikipedia page about the place.

Our guide is thus totally oriented towards travellers, who will find all the useful information they need to discover in the real world the "virtual strolls" that make them dream in front of their screens.

A mind-blowing impact

Most of the impact comes directly from Google Maps and Street View, which is one of the factors that explain the increase in the number of views. The second factor is of course the total number of panoramas, which is constantly increasing.

From 2020 onwards, the development of the Pictorial Guides has focused on Switzerland and close areas of the neighbouring countries, the impact of which is shown on the graph (which does not include Greece). The progression is meteoric: after a relative drop due to the pandemic, there were 5.7 million views in 2021, then 12.5 million from January to October 2022.
A not-for-profit company

The Pictorial Guides is an independent non-profit company open to all synergies. The destinations we present are chosen by us or based on recommendations from travellers. We are also open to suggestions and proposals from all tourism stakeholders.

Thanks to the integration in Google Maps, Street View and our websites, our panoramas are a powerful promotional tool, completely free of charge, for all destinations wishing to boost their image.

This integration is also possible, royalty-free, in any official or unofficial site, as well as in blogs, with the exception of social networks and other web vectors that do not support the tags provided free of charge by Google.
Synergies with tourism stakeholders

Many of our panoramas could be shot thanks to the logistical support of tourist offices and transport companies in the Upper Valais (Zermatt, Saas Fee, Aletsch Glacier), Valle d'Aosta (Courmayeur, Cervinia-Breuil), Central Switzerland (Lucerne, Engelberg, Stoos, Stans) and the Bernese Oberland (Ballenberg).

After a winter break, we will resume shooting in spring 2023 and we are counting on your support to help Google Maps and Street View users and visitors to our websites discover new and attractive destinations. Your suggestions are welcome, in Switzerland and in Europe!

The brand new concept of the Pictorial Guides is a unique opportunity to show the world the assets of any tourist destination, be it prestigious or not yet well known.
Don't hesitate to contact us at fusionsch@gmail.com!



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