Virtual Tourism – The way to rebuild travel for the post-pandemic world
From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 till today, it has become necessary for the aviation and tourism businesses to build a safer infrastructure and create practices that take care of travellers’ well-being.
The travel and tourism industry and businesses in the tour and travel sector all over the world have seen the need to build infrastructure and practices that allow people to travel safely in a post-pandemic world and support local communities that benefit from tourism
After a year impeded by the pandemic and with the future not looking very bubbly for the travel industry at this juncture, tourism business owners have seen the need to look at alternative modes of interaction for holidaymakers. These new modes of interaction aim to aid the people and economies that depend on tourism.
Beautiful young caucasian tourist woman wearing protective face mask happy in Plaza Mayor Madrid taking a selfie, sending a virtual kiss and showing thumbs up. COVID-19 and travel in the New Normal.
These new modes include the use of technology.
Technology has helped and is helping travel and tourism industries increase their reach through the creation of travel booking websites, videos, blogs and travel photography. Today, digital tools and content are an important source of information for vacationists looking forward to organizing their next holiday or creating a destination wish list. Although remote or virtual tourism has been a futuristic theme within the travel industry for some time, the world today, shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, might now be prepared to accept it.
The technology used in virtual travel is designed in such a way that it draws insights from human cognitive behaviour, social psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural economics applied with cutting edge techs such as the augmented, virtual, or mixed reality (AR, VR and MR). This is a total game-changer because AR, VR, and MR enable a seamless, continuous interactive experience for viewers from their own private space. The design principles around this tech create a frictionless digital user adventure and construct a positive feeling of a tourist destination.
Woman with luggage stands at almost empty check-in counters at the airport terminal due to coronavirus pandemic/Covid-19 outbreak travel restrictions. Flight cancellation.Quarantine all over the world
With technology enriching lives globally every day, virtual tourism could rejuvenate the tourism industry and help to build a more sustainable economic model. As a human-centric platform, it can establish local tourist guides, artisans, and others as global citizens in the tourism industry.