Virtual Ibiza (www.virtualibiza.com) announces its plans to add a dynamic comprehensive guide to the island, along with weekly features, news and gossip to its unique chat, social networking and live web streaming functions. Launching in May, the site retains the exclusive features of its current 3D chat world but with a host of new sections incorporating clubs, bars, DJs, music, restaurants, beaches, shopping, lifestyle, beauty, adventure, blogs, news and gossip – if it happens in Ibiza, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll read about it on virtualibiza.com.
Currently, virtualibiza.com boasts a community of over 100 000 members, representing around 130 different countries and on average, the site attracts between 50 – 100 new registrations per day. Each user spends on average 23 minutes online each visit, using their own webcams and an instant messenger service to communicate with each other.
Launched into the internet community in 2002, virtualibiza.com is based around the island of Ibiza, where users create a profile before becoming immersed in a three dimensional Ã¢â‚¬Ëœfantasy islandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ – with the look and feel of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœthe realÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Ibiza, incorporating graphics from more than 20 famous locations on the island. Members then move around, visiting the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best dance clubs whilst communicating with people from all over the world in real time.
Since its inception, live web streams have been sent to the site so members can see and hear the likes of Pete Tong live from CafÃƒÂ© Mambo along with Roger Sanchez, Def Mix, Cream, We Love and more while interacting online. Virtual Ibiza have also held parties in association with some of the islandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s biggest promoters including Cream, Judgement Sundays, Azuli, Kissdafunk and Dusted.
The Virtual Ibiza website was created and constructed by award winning international company (also investors and shareholders) Lightmaker who have created interactive and unique websites for PlayStation, Microsoft, David Beckham, Robbie Williams and JK Rowling just to name a few. In 2008, Centrex IT are heading up the development of the site to ensure its next inception is heralded as the most advanced, comprehensive and dynamic Ibiza lifestyle site on the market.
2007 saw them launch their very own Virtual Ibiza week, which included a host of events from yacht trips to private parties, sunset sessions held at CafÃƒÂ© Mambo – which had users from all over the world tuning in live to experience the breathtaking scenes. The UKÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Daily Star newspaper jumped on board in order to give away a Ã¢â‚¬ËœVIP trip to IbizaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ in conjunction with concierge company Icon Ibiza, a coveted prize which included spending money, VIP access to the islandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s premier parties, accommodation and VIP transport.
2008 sees Virtual Ibiza again hooking up with the Daily Star, adding another new element to our site, featuring their latest news and gossip and once again offering a fabulous competition. Other new sections on the site include: club guides (including smaller venues) and reviews, bar guides, DJ interviews and biographies, beach guides (including insider tips and tricks), restaurant reviews, shopping and trend tips, local and music news and of course, the opportunity to purchase club tickets online – essential for any Ibiza website!
Legendary Ibiza promoter and virtualibiza.com shareholder Charlie Chester, in charge of promotions and partnerships for the site says, Ã¢â‚¬ËœOver the last four years we have built the most amazing online community and developed a brilliant brand name with so much potential to expand. We have some fantastic partners on board, both on the island and worldwide. I believe the look and the feel of the new site will take it to the next level and that the new editorial content that will drive the relaunch.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢
Heading up the editorial team is Kristie Rogers, a journalist based in Ibiza, who – having thrown her a glamorous job working on womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fashion magazines a few years ago – has worked with many major promoters and clubs on the island and is committed to creating an online guide to Ibiza that leaves no stone unturned. Ã¢â‚¬ËœI really believe there is a gap in the market at the moment,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ she says, Ã¢â‚¬ËœBetween websites offering basic information regarding accommodation and beaches and others limited towards certain clubs and styles of music. With virtualibiza.com, we have the opportunity to bridge this gap and provide a resource that will provide both our current online community along with anyone searching for information about Ibiza a vast content of information, creatively covering all bases on the island – from clubs and music through to food and yoga classes – objectively and thoroughly.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢
Founder Jon Dixon says, Ã¢â‚¬ËœWe had already taken Virtual Ibiza to a very high level – our technology is amazing and we have pioneered projects such as the live webcams from Cafe Mambo, however we lacked the cooler information – such as beach guides, gossip and where the hottest parties are – about the island that our users really wanted. With our all new content, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be providing all that and more, delivering the total community experience for people who really love Ibiza.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢