VR Tourism News
October 31st, 2020

The Only VR Newsletter for the Travel Industry

Note from the Editor:
As the last few months have wrought unimaginable havoc to the travel industry, one thing stands out: VR and AR technology is playing an increasingly important role in the recovery and future of travel. I had a fascinating conversation with Rod Findley, the head of sales for Inmotion, which provides  customized turnkey VR experiences for zoos, aquariums, museums and coming soon, theme parks, attractions, destinations and shopping centers. Their most recent “edutainment” venture is “Undersea Explorer Virtual Reality Theater” in Las Vegas that, even with COVID, attracts more than 1000 people a day!  Their creative teams blend education and pure entertainment in out-of-the-box ways ways  and they have unique approaches to their partnerships.  This is a new generation of VR…we’re not talking VR arcades here! Take a look at what they do and who they partner with @ https://Inmotion.co.uk
Deborah Reinow, Executive Editor
Alert: These next 3 stories sound repetitive but they’re not

Coronavirus: Is virtual reality tourism about to take off? Finance.yahoo.com

For many people, a trip to Germany's fairytale-like Neuschwanstein castle, the Republic of Ireland's stunning Cliffs of Moher, or the pristine waters of the Maldives are a bucket list ambition. Plans for these and other international trips in 2020 were brought to an abrupt halt by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The statistics speak for themselves. 
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Apple and Snap offer augmented reality that paints a vision for travel’s virtual future  Skift.com

Snap, Apple, and Questo have joined other technology companies in taking further steps to popularize the use of augmented reality. New hardware, software, and partnerships may make it more common for travelers to use devices to look at destinations in fresh ways. 
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Future of travel lies in the virtual space    Ttg.asia.com

Virtual reality has been hailed as a savior for the travel and tourism industry during this time of pandemic, allowing destinations to continue engaging with travelers through a suite of immersive online content to whet their wanderlust appetite in anticipation of the travel rebound.  
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Back to the future is now….

Challau Lets People Around the World 'Teleport' to Virtually Visit Places by Beaming Into Remotely Controlled Robots Prnewswire.com

People who have been unable to travel can now, for the first time, visit and explore a variety of destinations with a new platform by Propelmee that lets users 'teleport' to places thousands of miles away. UK technology start-up Propelmee announced the public beta-release of Challau, a first-of-its-kind robot-powered virtual travel platform. Using Challau, travellers can choose from a range of destinations called 'Portals' to decide where they want to 'teleport' to. 
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Getting back to sharks and humpback whales: 

Swim into Shark Reef Aquarium’s all new adventure, “Undersea Explorer” Newsroom.mgmresorts.com
Sharks. Humpback whales. Underwater wildlife. Guests will get an up-close-and-personal look at these mysterious creatures with the “Undersea Explorer Virtual Reality Theater,”  an all-new attraction from Immotion. The newest addition to Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, this immersive experience center features state-of-the-art, motion platform VR technology transporting guests to the ocean’s depths. 
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 These Asian airlines keep ramping up offerings for hungry travelers 

Asian airlines enjoy runway success with new, creative ventures  Ttgasia.com
Continued freeze on foreign travel forces airlines to innovate and unlock new revenue streams. Sales for sightseeing tours, virtual reality flight experiences soar on back of pent-up travel demand. From pajamas to fried dough fritters, no product is off-limits for airlines desperate to generate some cash.
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Next sensory stop for VR? Touch!

Laying the groundwork for revolutionary virtual reality with a universal law of touch  Cordis.europa.eu
EU-backed scientists have used seismic waves called Rayleigh waves to develop a universal scaling law to explain mammalian touch. Their vision? Use this knowledge to revolutionize virtual reality.  Touch is usually the first sense that mammals develop. Through touch, they feel vibrations on the surface of their skin and this helps them to interpret the different stimuli in the environment.
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