VR Tourism News
May 31st, 2023

The Only VR Newsletter for the Travel Industry

Note from the Editor:   For those interested in where the metaverse is going with travel, let me direct you to our first story. Travelzoo is rolling out its long-anticipated “meta division, " and you can be a founding member. They are recruiting 1 million people to be beta testers and I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve applied already. With this launch, the metaverse is creeping a step or two closer to adoption by the mass traveling public.    

Deborah Reinow, Executive Editor    
Are you in?

Travelzoo invites a million people into its travel metaverse   venturebeat.com
Travelzoo is launching Travelzoo Meta, a way for travelers to experience travel in the metaverse. Travelzoo Meta is the company’s effort to create the future of travel. Travelzoo Meta is a members-only service offering groundbreaking metaverse travel experiences, and the company is offering access to its first million founding members.  Sign-ups are now open, become founding members. (To apply, visit https://meta.travelzoo.com )
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If there’s a Denny’s near you, check it out

Denny’s celebrates Its 70th anniversary with AR food menu that enhances the dining experience   arpost.co 
While celebrating its 70th anniversary, Denny’s partnered with QReal to produce AR menus where food items seem to leap off its pages. You don’t need to install the restaurant chain’s app on your phone for the AR food menu to work. Just activate your phone’s camera and launch 8th Wall‘s web-based AR platform from your phone’s browser to watch the images come alive.
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Another step by Amazon in their world takeover plan

Amazon launches physical products for games and virtual reality   yidinfo.net  
Amazon on Tuesday debuted a brand-new service called “Amazon Anywhere,” which would let users shop for real-world goods from its online store while taking part in virtual reality experiences or playing video games. Customers won’t have to leave their games or other mobile apps to use the new service to make purchases from Amazon. The endeavor is comparable to those of businesses like Nike and Gucci, which have started campaigns to draw gamers and customers into the metaverse. 
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Another historical landmark embraces VR

New app 'Cosmote Chronos' reanimates the Athens Acropolis before the viewer's eyes
A new application for smartphones and tablets through Cosmote Telecommunications reanimates parts of the archaeological site of the Acropolis to their original state while the visitor is viewing the ancient monument. Named 'Cosmote Chronos', the application combines the capabilities of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies with the signal strength of 5G networks to present scientifically documented recreations of the Acropolis. 
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A lot of this is already in the works

16 innovative ways virtual reality could revolutionize advertising   forbes.com
When it comes to incorporating VR in advertising, the possible use cases are wide-ranging and
novel, making it an exciting feature for agency professionals and in-house marketing and advertising teams to experiment with. As VR technology advances and becomes more accessible, the creative possibilities for utilizing
it in advertising will likely multiply exponentialy. 

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