How the Covid-19 impacts tourism
After the pandemic has spread, the countries all over the world applied quarantine. Airport closures, the suspension of incoming and outgoing flights, and nationwide lockdowns are just some of the measures that countries are implementing in an effort to halt the pandemic. This totally affected international tourism and cancelled all planes anyone put. The number of international tourist arrivals has been raised in the last decade and kept rising during 2019. In 2017 arrivals reached 1.3 billion globally, in 2018 it reached 1.4 billion, and in 2019 reached 1.5 billion. In 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 impact the international tourism got down by 65% in the first half of 2020 when compared with 2019. No doubt all of these circumstances help in the spread of virtual tours
What is virtual tourism?
Virtual tourism is an immersive experience that lets the viewer see all sites and locations throughout technology. Different types of virtual tourism are presented, the experience includes a collection of videos, still images, audio, narration, and several formats of media to give a more realistic experience and a strong viewer interaction with the environment as much as possible. The viewer can use handsets for an immersive experience, the content could be seen on computer and mobile devices. The Coronavirus outbreak and subsequent social isolation have really fuelled the growth of this industry.
VR photography, on the other hand, captures still images and pieces them together using specialized software, creating an immersive image where a user can look in any direction. This technology is great for showing hotel interiors, artwork, museum exhibits, and anything that can be fully experienced without motion or sound.
Types of virtual tourism
1) 360 visual tour
2) 3D visual tour
3) Virtual reality tour
Advantages of virtual tourism
- The viewer can view different destinations in comfort at home.
- Virtual tourism gives the viewer previous knowledge about other places before going there physically.
- Enable people to enjoy viewing other places and experience without the wait at the airport, gathering items, waiting for travel schedules, or time conditions.
- Virtual tourism means less CO2 emissions from transports.
- It gives the viewer flexibility in time and sitting at home in pyjamas.
Disadvantages of virtual tourism:
- Not everyone has the ability or required access to use virtual tourism.
- There are some places in the world with no Wi-Fi or network connections to support this kind of tourism.
- Virtual tourism forbids the economic from the financial returns and advantages of the traditional tourism.
- The lack of interaction and gaining new friends during the traditional tourism.
- The lack of feeling the welfare of getting on a plane and feel every detail of travel.
- Some people see that virtual tourism is a spoiler of the laces where they want to explore in wide movement.
- The best thing in travel is our memories we collect, so this will not happen, no photos, no welfare enough, or movement on foot to view the place in a large view.
Can we replace virtual tourism with traditional tourism?
Nothing can be replaced with traditional travel because it is not just seeing or visiting places! It is more than this. Travel makes you happier and helps you to get rid of pressures. Travel lets you outside of your comfort zone, even if you travel to a nearby place you are still experiencing new things. During travel you meet new people, see new places, and get knowledge about new cultures. Actually travel decreases the risks of heart attacks and makes your brain healthier, the movement throughout the airports or train station helps you feel active and enthusiastic. Also, no doubt travel enlarges your creativity, your mental strength, and entertains new ideas and flexibility.
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