A travel brochure is often not enough to give wings to your imagination when it comes to visualizing your favorite tourist destination. You will only get a handful of snapshots of the place you want to visit. Wouldn’t it be better if you could get a real feel of the destinations, before you booked your tickets?
Well, that will be possible with the ‘try before you buy’ virtual reality tours provided by Thomas Cook. All you need to do is wear a VR headset and you can virtually visit a restaurant or fly over Manhattan before spending out the dollars.
Trial of the Technology
The technology was first tested in August, at the Bluewater shopping center in Kent. Now select travel agents around Europe will be able to use this technology. Three travel agents in the UK will be able to use the technology, one of them being the Bluewater shopping center. Two other stores are yet to be decided.
Three stores in Germany will be able to provide their customers with the virtual reality tours. The stores include Goethe-Galerie Jena Shopping Centre, Werrepark Bad Oeynhausen Shopping Centre and Roland-Centre Bremen Shopping Centre.
The technology will be trialed in four stores in Belgium which include Neckermann Woluwe Shopping Centre, Neckermann Wijnegem Shopping Centre, Neckermann Charleroi and Neckermann Leuven.
If the trial is successful, it will be rolled out to other countries and the VR content will be added to the website of the company.
The Virtual Reality Experiences
In the three locations, there are 12 virtual experiences at the time of launch.
For New York, tourists will be able to get virtual experiences which include a Manhattan helicopter tour, a cab trip around Times Square, a tour around the Statue of Liberty in a boat and the view from the Top of The Rock observation deck, located at the Rockefeller Centre.
The Rhodes experience includes a tour of the Sentido resort to provide the tourists with an overview of the bars, restaurants, beach, pools and other features. The available room types and a selection of the points of interest and nearby attractions are also included in this tour.
Users will be taken to another virtual reality tour of the Smartline hotel in Rhodes. A similar experience of the SunConnect resort will be available to them in Cyprus.
Visualise, a virtual reality agency based in London is responsible for creating the virtual reality tours.
What about you?
Are you going to try out these virtual reality tours? Do you think it is better than the standard brochures? Share your views in the comments below.
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