VR Tourism News
January 31st, 2022

The Only VR Newsletter for the Travel Industry

Note from the Editor:    While the long-range future of travel is always a juicy topic for a new year, here at VRTN, we’re all about the NOW. Tempting as these tales may be, we remain focused on curating a monthly round-up of some of the most intriguing ways AR and VR are currently being embraced by the travel industry. Whatever segment you are in, you’re sure to find some company or place in your lane that’s using these realities to bring a fresh perspective for the ever-demanding consumer.  

Deborah Reinow, Executive Editor  
                                                                    
First up: VR on a bus tour 

The Tokyo Time Travel: WOW Ride  MetropolisJapan.com
If your motivation in life is traveling, we’re sure the past couple of years have been tough. Though it may be still unfeasible to casually globetrot, for now, this Tokyo time travel bus tour into a virtual fantasy world of the past is a pretty good substitute. With Japan’s world-class level of technology and entertainment, WOW RIDE  is the world’s first-ever virtual reality bus tour.
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As goes Disney…  

Disney patents technology for theme park metaverse Cointelegraph.com
Disney has been approved for a patent that would create personalized interactive attractions for theme park visitors. The technology would facilitate headset-free augmented reality (AR) attractions at Disney theme parks. The tech would work by tracking visitors using their mobile phones and generating and projecting personalized 3D effects onto nearby physical spaces, walls and objects in the park.
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This is a terrific round-up   
  
The best examples of VR museum tours from across the world
Arpost.co
Top technology helped museums stay open during quarantine. Non-essential institutions were the hardest hit during the stay-at-home mandates. Museums are among these institutions. Once visited by tens of thousands of people each day, iconic museums like The Louvre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The British Museum were suddenly so empty, that curators could hear the echo of their footsteps on the corridors.
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OK. We couldn’t resist. ONE future story!  

Flying taxis and balloon rides to space will change travel in 2022
Thrillist.comTourism 
The latest edition of the Consumer Electronics Show returned to Las Vegas the first week of January. The event was more toned down than usual (thanks, Omicron), but still offers a fascinating peek into the potentially dramatic changes for how you travel this year, in the next two to three years, or by the end of the 2020s. Take a look.
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This Italian city joins a long list of destinations that have adopted AR apps  

Genoa introduces augmented reality in new city guide app
Themayor.eu
What’s the common connection between a grandfather, an octopus, the Doge, a crusader, Rubens, Christopher Columbus and Paganini? It turns out all of them have a link to the Italian city of Genoa and have been adopted as its symbols and now as its digital tour mascots for a new tourism mobile app called ‘Visit Genoa’.
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But wait. There’s more!!  

Virtual moon landing quest offered at Tottori Sand Dunes (Japan)
Asahi.com   Read More  

Corfu to reveal secrets of Old Town through AR tourism guide (Greece)  
News.gtp.gr   Read More   

Visit Notre-Dame cathedral in a new virtual reality experience
Completefrance.com    Read More

This powerful new VR holocaust exhibit will let you tour  Auschwitz with survivors   
Travelandleisure.com   Read More
VR Tourism News www.VRTourismNews.com 1-415-786-9108 (California, USA)
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