Sumary of The future of ‘extended reality’ tourism is now, thanks to the pandemic:
- Extended reality is the umbrella term for technologies that allow the interaction of physical and virtual worlds, such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
- Each has opened up many possibilities for tourism.
- VR, on the other hand, allows viewers to visit a historic site or museum remotely.
- [Can gaming satisfy our pandemic thirst for travel and adventure?] “When covid-19 happened, every destination tried to offer an alternative way of communicating with its tourists,” says Suleiman Farajat, chief of the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority in Jordan.
- Ceren Gultekin This rendering shows how a student could visit a 3-D recreation of the city of Petra produced by TimeLooper in collaboration with the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority.
- Made by TimeLooper, a tech company specializing in re-creating historical locations and events, the app gives users an immersive 3-D map of Petra at scale, with a bird’s-eye view of the entire ancient city and its landmarks.
- At points of interest — such as the amphitheater, monastery, royal tombs and treasury — users experienced life-size 3-D models and panoramic photos.
- Several other creative remote options have launched since the pandemic started: ●The Faroe Islands’ remote tourism tool, with which users can interact live with a local and use the latter as their eyes and ears to experience the islands.