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Will Oculus Rift Help or Hinder Traditional Tourism?

Will Oculus Rift Help or Hinder Traditional Tourism WIRED


This ability to take virtual trips raises an interesting question: Will VR help or hinder the tourism industry? Further, is it possible to make too much available online? How many will decide not to visit a far-away destination because they have already explored it virtually?

While this technology is still in its early days and likely won’t be ready for mass consumption for several years, the possibilities it presents are endless. When it comes to tourism, imagine what could become accessible online. The Louvre could showcase the Mona Lisa, letting millions see the masterpiece every single day. Anyone could climb the steps to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and enjoy the view. Machu Picchu, the Great Pyramid of Giza or the Mayan Temples? Been there, done that.

The trick will be not to give it all away for free, of course. Tourism destinations are hoping the new technology will act as a lure; by giving a taste of what they have to offer, venues hope to attract new tourists… and their money.

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It will help us decide where we really want to go. Fewer wasted vacations. 

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