According to the Italian novelist, Italo Calvino virtual tourism is not only happening in this modern society but also in the past which happened a long time ago before the narrative story of Marco Polo and discovering the journey of Kublai Khan. In the prehistoric era people imagined by looking at cave painting and literary texts. It’s weird but it is like we are looking at the picture and reading a novel book right now. Moreover, it is not about the imaginary only but related to the religious text, people can travel without body. It means that they travel by their soul after they die and it seems like a virtual journey from a death body move to another world. After you read the previous sentence you will wonder why the researcher had a concept like that. To be more specific we will get more discussion to tell why these things happened.
Why Virtual Tourism?
The study of Virtual Tourism
On the other hand, while we are searching about how humans historically did virtual travel, technology also plays a very important role in our tourism industry nowadays. Virtual tourism was updated by technology from a paint to picture and from the picture to video to visualize the travel. It looks like we are sitting on the armchair and wearing virtual reality (VR) to travel to a place that we want. Furthermore, we can look at the example that we do in our daily routine such as we just stay at home but we can travel to the online in our school by using Google Classroom or Google meet. It is very convenient because we do not have to go to the school but still we can continue the class without worrying about getting infected from the virus in this pandemic of COVID-19.
In the previous study, virtual tourism is the future development of the tourism industry. It looks like people move their interest from mass tourism to special interest tourism. One more thing, if we seek to merge the form of virtual and non-virtual, it may cause some part of heritage tourism. Because when we talk about heritage tourism, it is about the act of preserving the real feeling and the meaning of art. At the same time, it is also good for the heritage site because it will be maintained from the damage of the number of tourists that are willing to visit there.
How do people feel about Virtual Tourism?
How do people feel about virtual tourism? “Base on the updated situation of global pandemic of COVID-19, this will be a very impressive alternative idea of avoiding the spreading of virus and also to protect the rule of social distancing while being able to enjoy the trip and view of the wanted places around the world anywhere and anytime” Mony who is a computer science student said. Ryka is a student majoring in tourism management said that people must set out a clear objective of moving to virtual tourism just in case it won’t decrease the real world tourism. All in all, these are all the story and current situation of virtual tourism. Thank you!