The advanced features in smartphones such as high resolution display and 3D graphics have enabled a generation of lightweight and practical virtual reality devices. Virtual Reality refers to computer technologies that use software to make more realistic sounds, images and other sensations that help replicate a real environment and stimulate a user’s physical presence in this environment. With the help of virtual reality, people can virtually look around the world by sitting at home. People are excited to use virtual reality headsets because these gadgets have the power to help them view the world in a new way and this can be done from the comfort zone of their homes. Virtual Reality Headsets not only help in providing a number of applications such as VR games, movies, training, therapy, and exercise but also in travel and tourism wherein the tourist can virtually experience and explore the real world.
The travel and tourism industry is all about promoting the history of particular destination, landscape, feelings, and experiences. The virtual reality headsets enable the travellers to enhance the way they search for holidays. The virtual reality headsets help tourists plan their vacation in a particular destination and enable them to view the place virtually by sitting at home. Virtual reality headsets not only contribute to seeing the selected destination and hotels but also to check the prices of the hotels in the destination. The virtual reality headsets enable the users to search hotel rooms and prices using voice input as well by using applications such as Google Now and Siri. While the use of virtual reality headsets is more prominent in the gaming sector, today it is expanding to different sectors like travel and tourism as well.
Virtual reality headsets for tourists: Trends and analysis
Virtual reality headsets provide potential travellers with a chance to view cities and special local events. Virtual reality headsets are cost-effective and can be used as a marketing tool for the promotion of the travel and tourism industry. When travellers are unsure of the physical or actual appearance of the unrecognised or unknown travel destination, virtual reality unfolds the picture for them clearly. Virtual reality offers travellers an option to experience a particular holiday destination and decide on their tour beforehand.While travellers can get the knowledge of the destination by searching on the internet, visualizing the destination virtually makes them inclined towards travelling to that particular destination.
Travel agencies too have an option to use virtual reality headsets and attract more travellers. Travel agencies are also using virtual reality headsets to attract travellers by providing them a facility to visualise the destination before planning their trip. Increase in the demand and adoption of smartphones globally and rising demand for on-the-go services are expected to drive the demand for virtual reality headsets in the travel and tourism industry. Further, in the case of people who are physically disabled or injured and cannot go for holidays, virtual reality headsets enable them to feel and experience the place by sitting at home.
However, there are some complications that are associated with virtual reality headsets. In few instances such as spending a lot of time in a virtual environment, experiencing the ship travel or other transport by using the virtual reality headset results in a feeling of sickness often experienced by people.
Virtual reality headsets for tourists: Key Players
The increase in demand for virtual reality headsets in various sectors has led manufacturers to enter into this very lucrative segment. Some of the major stakeholders who manufacture virtual reality headsets include Google Cardboard, Sony Corporation, Samsung Electronics Ltd, Microsoft Corporation, Oculus VR, Proteus VR Labs Limited, Razer Inc., Carl Zeiss AG, Merge Labs, and LG Electronics.
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