"Throughout all my travels, like many people, I was always looking for a resource that provided me with quick and easy-to-find information about all of the businesses and services a place has to offer in order to enlighten my travel experience. Discovery Map International is exactly that resource.
– Peter Hans
President & CEO
About Discovery Map
We are Discovery Map International, the country’s leading provider of curated guides to top tourist destinations, cities, and towns throughout North America.
Headquartered in Waitsfield, VT, Discovery Map International produces colorful, hand-drawn maps that are a favorite of travelers for finding local dining, attractions, and cultural experiences – and even the best locations to take selfies!
The maps are available in hotels, restaurants, and shops as well as on our website, discoverymap.com.
Discovery Map International Inc. is a franchise with an established brand in the travel and tourism industry. By offering a known product with a recognized brand, you have already mitigated many of the risks of failure that many new enterprises experience.
Forbes has named Discovery Map International as “one of the best franchises to buy,” and graded in the top 5% of ranked franchise systems by FranchiseGrade.com.
Learn more about becoming a franchisee.
Current Destinations for Sale
If you are interested learning about current franchise locations, check out our currently mapped destinations at DiscoveryMap.com. In 2020 several new map destinations were launched, including: Southern Middle TN, Cozumel MX, Vail CO, Chattanooga TN, and Nashville TN.
You may also want to consider these existing map franchises that are currently for sale:
- Charlotte, NC
- Peoria, IL
- Lake Tahoe or San Diego, CA
- Waco or Spring/The Woodlands, TX
- Manchester, VT
- Killington/Rutland, VT
- Lake Placid, NY
If your home or community of interest match up with an existing franchise that is available and not listed here, we can provide you with the contact information of that franchisee.
A Message from our President and CEO
Hello, I’m Peter Hans. I started my career as a commercial banker. I was based in Boston so I traveled a fair amount around New England—mostly in the north. I studied at night and, upon completing my last degree, I moved to Switzerland and became an investment banker. I lived in Zurich for six years and later London for six more. During that time I was fortunate enough to travel to most every major European city and also to Australia, Asia and South America. Of course, I got back home in the States regularly and in one year some 12 times—the airlines really had my number.
Shortly before leaving London I married and my wife and I moved back to the States to start a family. I imagined we would end up in New York, Boston, San Francisco or some other financial center but as often happens, my life took an unexpected turn. Sue, my wife, let on that she liked where we were living—in a small Vermont valley. This was all I needed to know and we decided to stay. After a brief period managing a small, high-tech company, the opportunity to take over Discovery Map International, Inc. arose, and I jumped on it.
I guess the lure of purchasing a company that merges travel maps and franchise ownership was two-fold: Throughout all my travels, like many people, I was always looking for a resource that provided me with quick and easy-to-find information about all of the businesses and services a place has to offer in order to enlighten my travel experience. Discovery Map International is exactly that resource. The second part of the equation is that I really enjoy owning my own business, nurturing it, and watching it succeed, grow, and profit. It stands to reason that I not only own the company as the franchisor, but I have also jumped into the exciting shoes of franchise ownership and own some maps as well!
If you have a creative and entrepreneurial spirit, have strong interpersonal skills, like the thought of providing a twenty-first century travel resource in print and digital form to help travelers explore a locale, and want to own your own business and control your own destiny, please feel free to fill our profile form or give us a call!