Effective January 1, 2012, Waitsfield, Vermont-based Resort Maps®, creator of more than 100 hand-drawn travel maps across the United States, Canada, England, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico, will officially change its name to Discovery Map International, Inc. The name change comes two months after acquiring Discovery Map International, LLC of La Conner Washington in October.
“Obviously, there were a number of things we loved about Discovery Map® to acquire the company. Most appealing, of course, was the acquisition would give us a coast-to-coast presence since most of their maps are on the west coast and most of ours are east of the Mississippi,” said Peter Hans, CEO of Resort Maps Franchise, Inc. “But I’ve got to admit, it was always in the back of my mind that we would assume the name Discovery Map® because it just gets down to essence of what we do—helping travelers and locals alike discover great places to eat, shop, stay and play.”
Discovery Map International, Inc will carry on Resort Maps® practice of creating colorful, hand-drawn maps of towns and cities, featuring its advertisers–restaurants, accommodations, retail shops, real estate and other services. The maps will also continue showcasing local sites and attractions and be available online and through multiple media outlets, such as Facebook and an IPhone application.
Under the Discovery Map International, Inc name, the company has 90 independent owners in 150 markets, in 33 states and four countries. In the first year of joint operation, the total circulation of the Discovery Map® maps will top 25 million.
“With the merger and the name change, you might say we have a bit more to celebrate this New Year and a lot of work to do in the coming year,” added Hans. “Still, it’s a challenge we welcome in growing and building the new Discovery Map® brand.”
About Discovery Map International, Inc, previously Resort Maps Franchise, Inc
Headquartered in the Green Mountains of Vermont, Discovery Map International, Inc has been creating and publishing visitor maps in the northeastern U.S. since 1986. In 1993, Resort Maps® expanded its reach by creating a franchise model for distribution of its colorful, hand-drawn maps of resort towns and cities. With its recent acquisition of the previous Discovery Map International, LLC, the company’s network has grown to 150 markets in 33 states and four countries (US, Canada, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico).
For more information on any of the 100+ Discovery Map® destinations or if you are interested in potentially owning a Discovery Map® franchise, please visit www.DiscoveryMap.com. Alternatively, you can call 802-496-6277.
Discovery Map International franchises serve cities and towns in Arizona (Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Sedona), California (Carlsbad, Carmel, Los Gatos, Monterey, San Diego, Saratoga), Colorado (Boulder, Breckenridge, Cherry Creek, Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Vail & Beaver Creek, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Glendale, Steamboat Springs, Summit County), Delaware ( Rehoboth Beach), Florida (Amelia Island, Boca Raton, Clearwater Beach and Gulf Beaches, Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, Delray Beach, Destin, Key West, Melbourne, New Smyrna Beach, St. Augustine), Georgia (Savannah/Tybee Island, St. Mary’s), Idaho (Coeur d’Alene, McCall, Sandpoint, Sun Valley), Kentucky (Lexington) Maine (Bar Harbor/Acadia, Boothbay region, Camden-Rockland, Kennebunkport, Kittery, Mt. Desert Island, Portland, Wells, York-Ogunquit), Maryland (Annapolis, Eastern Shore, Ocean City, Solomons Island, St. Mary’s County), Massachusetts (Berkshires, Brewster/Harwich/Dennis, Chatham-Orleans, Eastham-Wellfleet, Falmouth, Hyannis-Yarmouth, Martha’s Vineyard, Newburyport, Plymouth, Sturbridge, Worcester), Michigan (Northern Michigan/Petoskey/Harbor Springs; Traverse City), Montana (Bozeman & Big Sky, Butte, Kalispell, Missoula, West Yellowstone, Whitefish), New Hampshire (Franconia/Notch Region, Hampton Beach, Hanover/Lebanon , Keene, Lakes Region, Mount Washington Valley, Portsmouth), New Jersey (Barnegat Bay, Cape May, Hoboken/Jersey City, Hunterdon, Lambertville , Long Beach Island, New Brunswick, Ocean Grove, Point Pleasant, Princeton, Sandy Hook), New Mexico (Santa Fe, Taos), New York (The North Fork, Lake George , Lake Placid, Saratoga Springs, East Hampton), North Carolina (Asheville, Brunswick County, Charlotte, Chrystal Coast, Hendersonville, Outer Banks, Sandhills, Wilmington), Oregon (Bend), Pennsylvania (Bucks County, Chestnut Hill, Delaware River Valley, Gettysburg, Lehigh Valley, The Main Line, Lancaster County), Rhode Island (Newport, Providence), South Carolina (Charleston, Hilton Head,), Tennessee (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge), Vermont (Addison County/Brandon, Barre/Montpelier, Burlington, Killington/Rutland, Mad River Valley, Manchester, Mount Snow, Okemo, Smugglers’ Notch, Stowe, Waterbury/Richmond, Woodstock/Quechee) and Virginia (Alexandria, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Norfolk, Northern Neck & Middle Peninsula, Richmond, Virginia Beach), Washington (Anacortes, Bellingham, La Conner) Wisconsin (Door County)—as well as towns and cities in Canada (Charlotte Coastal Region), England (Chicester, Lewes), Puerto Rico (San Juan, Vieques, Culebra) and Costa Rica (Escazu-Santa Ana).
New maps coming soon in North Lake Tahoe, CA; South Hampton, NY; and Charlotte Harbor/Venice/Gulf Islands, FL.