Virtual reality technology is popping up across all sectors of the travel industry, bringing your clients closer to far-flung destinations and you closer to closing that deal.
A 360-Degree View of Club Med
Agents will also want to take note of Club Med’s new resort app that guests can download before or during their stay. The Club Med Resort App features information about the variety of sports, activities, dining options and events available to guests at specific properties, including restaurant and spa hours, activity schedules and other useful resort information. Best of all, the app offers a complimentary text service that allows guests to chat with one another while onsite. This summer, additional functions will be added to the app including the ability to make spa and restaurant reservations. Club Med Punta Cana, Club Med Cancun Yucatan and Club Med Sandpiper Bay are already accessible on the resort app, with Club Med Columbus Isle (Bahamas) and Club Med Turkoise (Turks and Caicos) launching in the coming months. For more information, call (800) 258-2633 or visit clubmed.us.
A New Frontier for Adventure Travel
Mountain Travel Sobek has partnered with JauntVR to produce a series of virtual reality travel films featuring unique experiences available through the tour operator. In the first video of the series, available for download through the Jaunt app on iPhone, Android, and Samsung Gear VR, guests journey from Cusco to the ruins of Machu Picchu following MTS guide Ian Lewis on Mountain Travel Sobek’s flagship Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Trek. While a virtual reality headset is recommended to view the video, it is not necessary. Plans to release new films are already underway. To see a preview of Mountain Travel Sobek’s Machu Picchu video click here. For more information, call (888) 831-7526 or visit mtsobek.com.
Etihad Airways Premieres Virtual Reality Film at ATM
Etihad Airways premiered an exclusive trailer of its virtual reality film starring Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai. Using Google Cardboard technology and Samsung Gear headsets, this first-of-its-kind, fully immersive VR film allows viewers to experience the airline’s Airbus A380, which includes The Residence—a luxurious, private 3-room suite. Click here to see a clip of Etihad Airways’ virtual reality film. For a truly immersive view of the video, Google Cardboard or a similar device is necessary.
Additionally, Etihad Airways recently launched a new mobile app that provides guests with the option to customize their booking and travel experience, whether its choosing how they prefer to interact with the airline, organizing and managing their journey, booking flights, checking-in, viewing the status of their flight or navigating their way around Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) using indoor maps. For more information, visit etihad.com/en-us.