Virtual Reality enabled new kind of travel—richer, memorable, and accessible
Operating a major tourist attraction? Looking to build up its popularity? Virtual Reality can offer custom experiences and value-added services. Tourism departments, or private operators of tourist attractions and experiences can leverage Virtual Reality to offer powerful travel experiences to their visitors.
Adventure enthusiasts, surfers, bungee jumpers or rafters can now preview their travel destinations in an interactive way using Virtual Reality. The rich, immersive experience of these previews ensures that travelers know exactly what they are signing up for, thus making the purchase decision far easier.
Most schoolchildren cannot visit the Colosseum when studying Roman history. But a tour using Virtual Reality is practicable, and a great educational tool. Virtual Reality makes many aspects of education very ‘hands-on,’ and virtual travel is a big part of it.
The number of persons aged 60 or above will grow from 810 million in 2012 to nearly 2 billion by 2050 (UN). The elderly and the disabled, if they have movement constraints, can combine VR tours with live visits to get a safe yet rich travel experience.
The convincing ‘try before you buy’ model powered by Virtual Reality changes how people research travel options, how they preview travel destinations, and how they choose where to go. The ‘preview in Virtual Reality’ feature will soon be the norm for all travel destinations.
Visit any historical site, and you are surrounded not by the history and the ethos, but by other tourists. Now you can fix this. Offer your visitors VR tours after walking tours, and let them travel back in time to how the place was in its heyday.
With drone cameras, 360-degree cameras, and photo editing software, tourists have even higher expectations from their travels. Virtual Reality engages these travelers effectively so one can offer them live experience mixed with simulated experience, in a very scalable, cost-effective manner.