"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
Discovery Map International is the country’s leading provider of curated guides to top tourist destinations, cities and towns throughout North America. The distinctively colorful, hand-drawn maps are a favorite of travelers for navigating local dining, attractions, businesses, cultural experiences – and even the best locations to take selfies. Discovery Maps can be found in hotels, restaurants, shops and other participating venues, and also at discoverymap.com. Named by Forbes as “one of the best franchises to buy,” and graded in the top 5% of ranked franchise systems by FranchiseGrade.com, Discovery Map International is headquartered in Waitsfield, VT, in the heart of the Green Mountains. In 2016 several new map destinations were launched, including Tacoma, WA, Albuquerque, NM, Cave Creek and Carefree, AZ, and in 2017 we'll see Lower Manhattan, NY, the first Discovery Map of New York City.
OUR CURRENT MAP DESTINATIONS
As you consider a Discovery Map franchise, visit www.DiscoveryMap.com, our consumer-facing site, and "EXPLORE" destinations currently mapped.
A NOTE FROM PETER HANS, DMI PRESIDENT & 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!